Bead Weaving

Melanie PotterMelanie Potter left a long-time career in the software industry to combine her creativity and business skills to further the art of beading. Her Arts & Crafts background began with training in couture sewing at an early age of twelve. Her sewing led her to create designs and patterns for elaborate and diverse projects from costumes to her own wedding gown. Sewing remained the focused passion of her creative outlet until she encountered off-loom bead weaving.


With an experienced eye, Melanie brings her couture sewing background and sense of color theory and design to developing aesthetic ways of using beads in unique, contemporary jewelry. The possibilities of producing three-dimensional structural forms from a variety of bead types, shapes, sizes, and colors are endless and offer a wonderful creative challenge.


Melanie's desire to share her knowledge and passion through workshops and retreats led her to form School of Beadwork to offer just such opportunities. School of Beadwork develops exciting and glamorous programs to bead in unique environments such as vineyard and sea side settings. It also serves students and teachers by nurturing the expression of creativity, encouraging the cultivation of community spirit, and educating in the art and discipline of beadwork.


Melanie also collaborates with noted author and bead artist Carol Wilcox Wells to bring to market Carol's elegant beadwork designs in kit form. This partnership provides beadworkers with convenient kits that contain everything necessary to easily recreate Carol's beautiful and elaborate designs including step-by-step illustrated instructions as well as quality supplies. You can find these kits at