Bernadette Denoux once heard that "to teach is to learn twice." As a high school special education teacher for 30 years, turned aspiring jeweler late in life, she hopes to be able to teach others what she has learned while constantly learning more. She'll never stop taking classes because as much as she loves to teach, she loves being a student too.
In 2004 Bernadette started selling jewelry, and thought that maybe she had the talent to make her own. She joined the South Florida Bead Society now called the South Florida Jewelry Arts Guild and took beading, wire wrapping and off loom bead weaving classes from several bead shops and teachers. She then became interested in metal jewelry fabrication and Metal Clay, became certified two levels in PMC, as well as a Senior Instructor with the Art Clay Company. In 2007, she retired from teaching and took the Jewelry Technician Course at the Miami Jewelry School. Two years later she went back to MJS and completed the Wax Carving and Stone Setting Programs from Master Goldsmith Marc Thurn who owns MJS.
As of April 2009, she received her Senior Instructor Certification, and Mokume Gane Techniques Certification with Art Clay World International. In June 2009, along with her colleagues, she started the Miami Metal Clay Artists as a local chapter of Art Clay Society and PMC Guild. The national guilds have changed and disappeared, but The Florida Society of Goldsmiths (FSG) South Chapter is still going strong. She is the current workshop coordinator and was the first term President of The FSG South Chapter, member of The Miami Mineral and Lapidary Guild of South Florida, and Enamel Guild of South Florida. Bernadette currently teaches Metal Clay at several locations around South Florida.