With our diverse workshops this year, we are happy to include a high-tech demo by Courtney Starrett:

Computational Bead Design – Beads have always been a representation of a civilizations’ technological advancement. In this workshop we will look at the history of the unassuming bead and it’s position in the digital age. Through digital modeling and 3D printing we will learn about computing through jewelry design.


Courtney Starrett is associate professor of fine arts and program coordinator of jewelry and metals at Winthrop University.  She has presented her research and writings internationally. Her creative work has been exhibited across the U.S. as well as in England and Germany. Her work is included in the permanent interactive collection at the Museum of Contemporary Craft in Portland, OR. Starrett’s art and research have been published in Metalsmith MagazineArt Jewelry Magazine, and two of the Lark Books 500 series as well as featured on the cover of the August 2008 Metalsmith Magazine’s Exhibition in Print. Starrett is currently on leave from Winthrop and exploring the Hudson Valley of New York while focusing on her and her husband’s collaborative business, Plural Studios.

Image: Rennie Bead in Stainless, 2011. Photo by Zan Maddox. Copyright Plural Studios.