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Meet our Instructors

Our instructors possess a rich collection of talents.  They are the lifeblood of our studio.  Through them, our student’s learning experiences are truly enriched. Take this opportunity to get to know our instructors.

Wendy Tonsits

Contemporary jewelry artisan, Wendy Tonsits, creates striking jewelry that displays uncompromising quality and style but above all, an artistic statement that stands out in a crowd.

   

“I have always considered myself to be a fierce individualist” says Tonsits. Its no accident then that the art jewelry crafted in her personal studio is a reflection of her natural self expression to be distinctive.   A mesmerizing synthesis of bold clean lines and dynamic relationships of form and colored gemstones is her trademark.  Showcasing her developed sense of style Tonsits also uses her training as a GIA Graduate Gemologist to hand select an innovative array of unique gemstones in her pieces.


Tonsits received her BA in Metalsmithing and Jewelry from the Philadelphia College of Art, now the University of the Arts. Tonsits also spent time in Japan, learning traditional Japanese metalsmithing techniques first hand through Parsons School of Design.


Atlanta, GA is where she currently maintains her personal jewelry studio, “Wendy Tonsits ” . She also owns “Amalgam Arts Atlanta”, a metalsmithing and jewelry teaching studio and gallery space, where she offers classes and workshops in metal techniques to inspire others in their journey as up and coming jewelry artists.



Sara Castro


Sara M. Castro~Castro is an instructor at Amalgam Arts Atlanta in Scottdale, GA. She studied metal work and jewelry design at Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, GA and Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA, and in 2005  receiving her Bachelors of Fine Arts concentrating in Metals and Jewelry Design from the University of Georgia.  Sara also did a study abroad in Havana, Cuba and studied various forms of art and dance.  During these studies Sara discovered her love for painting along with jewelry and metal work.  She then started to incorporate passions of fluidity, movement and dance with her various designs.   Her designs have an organic flow and consist of sterling silver, Swarovski crystals, and semi precious stones.



Cate Jessen


For as long as I can remember I have collected rocks and stones. The love of stones and precious metals brought me to my first jewelry making class at Valdosta State University in 2007. From there I moved to Atlanta and started working at a small jewelry studio in Decatur, helping with production work and refining my skills.


I make all of my jewelry in my little studio in my house in Decatur, Georgia, where I live with my husband and two wild little boys. I try to stay true to the real art of jewelry making, by using techniques and tools that have been used for thousands of years. I combine rich colors with unpredictable lines to create unique and wearable jewelry. Every detail of my work is carefully planned and meticulously crafted. I use all natural gemstones and whenever possible use recycled metal and vintage chain. Authenticity shines throughout my work, with a consistent handmade quality.  Ultimately, the recipient feels unique taking home a piece of true art that can be passed down through generations.