Passing the Torch

Kris Kramer Passes the Metal-Clay Torch to Lana Marie Stamper at I Love Silver

Lana Marie Stamper

Lana’s background is actually in healthcare with a nursing degree and a master’s in nursing education. Teaching is her passion, no matter the topic.

Her creative journey started with photography, but she has always loved jewelry, and eventually, she started making jewelry with beads. She completed a Jewelry Design and Repair Course in 2002 and was introduced to metal clay that same year. However, it wasn't until 2012, after retiring from administration in healthcare, that she pursued her jewelry-making passion with metal clay. Over the next couple of years, Lana became a certified metal clay artist from PMC Connection and Art Clay World.

Metal clay has become her medium of choice because of its limitless possibilities. She cannot get enough of it and enjoys learning about metal clay as much as teaching about metal clay. Throughout her career, Lana has looked for innovative and creative ways to engage students of all levels, and she carries that over into her metal clay classes. She currently teaches locally and throughout the state of Mississippi.

Lana recently completed the Camp PMC Certification Course 101, 201, & 301 to become a Camp PMC Principal Instructor. She is a member of the Mississippi Craftsmen’s Guild & recently elected to the board of directors, Louisiana Crafts Guild, Tennessee Craft, Georgia Metal Clay Guild, the Louisiana Chapter of PMC Guild L’esprit du Metal, ArtsNatchez Gallery, Crafted Gallery, an Instructor for the MS School of Folk Arts, and the Alliance for Metal Clay Arts Worldwide (AMCAW) as a steering committee member for education.

Kris Kramer

Kris designs and makes fine and sterling silver, minuscule sculptures, pendants, earrings, charms, and rings. Her work features landscapes, wildlife, and tracks. Her main medium is precious metal clay.

Kris is a PMC Certification Instructor certified by PMC Connection (not longer in existence) and Rio-Rewards Certified by RioGrande.

In 2012 Kris “passed with distinction the certification review” by the Montana Arts Council, signaling that she has developed a sustainable business in art. The additional honor of distinction was awarded based on a demonstrated depth of understanding of her art and the development of a strong brand suited for her specific business niche.

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Kris is currently teaching, maintaining her silver business, and working on submissions to the Metal Clay Masters Registry. She achieved Level 1 in 2017, Level 2 in 2018, and is listed as a Master in Masters Registry.

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