Gem Trees I+

JUNE 2-8, 2024 WILLIAM HOLLAND

JERRI HEER - GEM TREES I+ 

This class will start with the basic and intermediate skills (based on your experience) of gem tree making and graduate to an exploration of multiple styles and advanced designs of truly beautiful and species-specific trees. We will discuss, study and sample a variety of construction methods, as well as how to plan and create our own patterns from nature. Lab fee includes wire, leaf stones, bases and materials to make at least three trees of the student's choice. All instructions, patterns, tools and materials are provided. Students are encouraged to be creative and bring ideas to design their own trees. A large variety of additional wire, leaf and base materials will be available for purchase.



Lab Fee: $90.00 (Covers 1st Three Trees)

Estimated Materials Cost:  $0-$150

Prerequisites:  None


BIO:

JERRI HEER

Jerri has been making Gem Trees since 1995. She fell into rockhounding and Lapidary Arts in the process of home-schooling her four children. The family joined the Toledo Gem and Rockhound Club and learned rock collecting, cabbing, soapstone carving, gem trees and flint knapping together. She has also studied Silversmithing, Beading, and Scrimshaw. Jerri took Gem Trees to a new level, designing her own styles and patterns, as well as developing her own techniques. She specializes in “species specific” gem trees. She has taught Gem Trees for many Gem and Mineral Clubs, local schools, and scout groups, as well as William Holland and Wild Acres. Her Gem Tree competitive exhibits have earned awards with the Rocky Mountain Midwest Federation, American Federation, Florida State Fair, and the Florida Strawberry Festival. She lives in Tampa, Florida and is a member of several rock clubs. Her second specialty is Seed Beading & Bead Embroidery, especially with china cabs as focal points.