Sunday, September 15, 2013

Instructor Spotlight - Kay Rashka

Terrifc instructors make for terrific workshops so we feel very fortunate to have great instructors like Kay Rashka.

And, we were delighted to learn that Kay has published her first book, “Bead Meets Metal” (Klambach Pulblishing)…certain to be a valuable resource for both experienced and novice jewelry makers alike. 

Says Kay, “The book is a compilation of introductory jewelry metals fabrication techniques from sawing, soldering, making your own head pins and even etching which allows you to embellish projects with your own creative motifs. The 16 projects feature collectible and semi-precious gemstone beads as the focal point of each piece of jewelry.”

The book is available at, or visit Kay’s website,, where you can order an autographed copy.

Kay started metalsmithing over 20 years ago to satisfy her craving for silver jewelry, especially silver jewelry that compliments and highlights the gorgeous gemstone beads in her collection. She has been teaching for over 13 years. In addition to her classes at Shake Rag Alley, Kay has taught at Peninsula Art School (Door County), the Milwaukee Bead and Button show, and at the Madison Art Glass bead show.

Kay demonstrates techniques
in the Riveted River Stones workshop

Riveted River Stones Workshop
One of Shake Rag Alley’s regular instructors since 2008, Kay has taught variety of classes in jewelry metalsmithing, usually two in the spring and two in the fall. Her classes have included soldering, etched charms, riveted river stones, silver fabricated earrings and intro to metalsmithing, comprehensive metal etching and fabrication,  and more. 

Click here to search for current Shake Rag Alley workshops with Kay. (Enter keyword Rashka.)

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