TAMMY POWLEY is a writer, designer, and teacher. She has been a long-time crafter working in all kinds of media from fiber arts to glass. After spending eight years on the art show circuit selling her jewelry designs as well as supplying small boutiques with her work, she began writing about her crafting experiences and focusing on teaching others how to make jewelry. She is the author of numerous jewelry-making books, and has an extensive background in writing for the web-she has been About.com's Guide to Jewelry Making expert since 1989. Tammy has a Ph.D. in Texts and Technology, and as her "day job" she teaches college English. See her web site at http://www.tammypowley.com for more information.