Instructor Biographies

William Holland School of Lapidary Arts


Marji Ferrell

Glassworking: Stained Glass
Metalsmithing: Fabrication

Marji began artistic life as an art major in college, but decided that being a starving artist was not such a good idea and returned to college and became a nurse. She never gave up her love of art and began taking stained glass lessons in the 1970’s, and shortly after started taking jewelry lessons and was hooked. After moving to Florida, Marji opened a stained glass studio in Sarasota and in her spare time continued taking jewelry classes. In 2003 Marji and her husband relocated to Murphy, NC. Just 10 miles from William Holland School of Lapidary Arts! Now retired, Marji is able to devote herself to the design and fabrication of custom jewelry and to pass along her knowledge to others.

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Betty Jane Fetvedt

Glassworking: Lampwork Beads

Betty loves glass, the way it glitters, flows, reflects and refracts light, looks fluid when it is solid. Her love of glass brought her to a beginning lampwork class at William Holland in 2003 the first of many workshops and classes with a diverse array of talented artists. Betty’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in “Convergence II”, “Surface”, “Indelible” and “Three x Two”. Betty is a member of the ISGB, an exhibiting member of Piedmont Craftsmen Guild, and teaches for William Holland School and the Crafts Center at North Carolina State University. Contact Betty at

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John Fetvedt

Wireworking: Chainmaille

John, who retired from IBM in 2005, was introduced to chain making in 2003 at William Holland, and has since done extensive research on chain patterns. John also teaches chain making at the Bead and Button Show in Milwaukee WI, the Crafts Center at North Carolina State University in Raleigh NC, The ArtsCenter in Carrboro NC, and the Interweave Bead Fests. Several of his projects were published in the Lark book, “Chain Mail Jewelry: Contemporary Designs from Classic Techniques”, by Terry Taylor and Dylon Whyte, ISBN 1-57990-723-7, and numerous other projects have been published by Art Jewelry and Wirework magazines. John’s mentors have included Mary Ann Scherr, Blaine Lewis, Charles Lewton-Brain, Thomas Mann, and Betty Helen Longhi. He can be contacted through

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Barbara Fields

Metalsmithing: Fabrication

Barbara has been working with silver and stone jewelry since 2004. She has taught a silversmithing class in Nashville since 2007. Her own designs tend to be very whimsical and imaginative in nature. She also works in cabochons, silver, channel, enamel and intarsia.

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Kaska Firor

Wireworking: Weaving

Kaska Firor, has been involved in various arts all her life. She graduated from University of Cincinnati with a BA in Interior Design. Her love of handicrafts led her to pursue other creative avenues as well. She has spent time with clay sculpture, stained glass, and sawing, eventually arriving at wire art. Kaska has been designing and crafting wire jewelry since the summer of 2000 when she took her first instruction in that medium. Since then she continued to advance her skills in jewelry arts by attending William Holland School of Lapidary Arts, taking classes provided by local and visiting artists and through her own experimentation with various tools and materials. In her work Kaska uses traditional and innovating wire techniques including wire-wrapping, crocheting, weaving, knotting, looping and coiling, etc. Kaska displays and sells her work at art shows in the mid-west where she has won numerous awards. She teaches locally at her studio in Cincinnati as well as at national shows including Bead Fest and Bead and Button. Kaska’s work has been published in Step by Step Wire and Art Jewelry Magazines. She is the author of Weaving Freeform Wire Jewelry released in Nov. 2013. For more information please visit Kaska’s website at

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Denise Forward

Teach Early Childhood Education / Special Education for Cherokee County School System in Canton, GA. Married to Scott C. Forward, Geologist, who has provided on the job training in Geosciences. Raised 5 children. Attended William Holland School of Lapidary Art in 2010. Started designing jewelry, which is now displayed in Ball Ground Art Gallery, Ball Ground, GA. Continue to take classes at William Holland to learn more about lapidary art.

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Scott Forward P.G.

Earth Science: Gem Identification
Earth Science: Mineral Identification

Scott graduated with an M.S. in Management from the University of Georgia, Athens, GA, and has had a lifelong interest in geology. His undergraduate degree in Geoscience from Northeast Louisiana University, Monroe, LA, plus the many years of owning his own environmental consulting business are evidence of his expertise in mineralogy. He is a registered Geologist in four states and an Internationally Certified Professional in Erosion and Sedimentation Control. Combining these experiences with his remarkable management skills and years of service in the Air Force and Navy Reserves, make him just the kind of instructor you would want to have to teach you the ins and outs of mineral identification. Scott’s many interests include numismatics, mineralogy, racquetball, golf, running, hiking and family oriented activities.

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