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 focused on teaching others how to make jewelry. She is the author of numerous jewelry making books, has an extensive background in writing for the web, and has been About.com’s Guide to Jewelry Making since 1998. Tammy has her Ph.D. in Texts and Technology, and as her "day job," she teaches college English, primarily composition, literature, and technical communications. See her web site at http://www.tammypowley.com for more information.