About Us

We firmly believe that learning is a lifelong pursuit.

Little Metal Foxes offers live, online jewelry and related classes, lectures and demonstrations with limited enrollment to maximize individual learning for makers at all levels wanting to acquire skills and connect with the jewelry community from around the world, while receiving knowledge from experienced and passionate instructors.

All our classes are live online and recorded, except for the Core Skills series. Our Open Studio Access sessions are live online but not recorded. Students will have access to the recording(s) of the live classes for 60 days after the class.

Who We Are

Jennifer Stenhouse


Jennifer’s interest in art began at an early age when her grandfather introduced her black and white photography at the age of 12. That sparked a flame for creating that has since grown into a life long passion for art and teaching. She continued studying photography and printmaking while attending the University of New Mexico. During her graduate studies at the University of Wisconsin Madison, Jennifer studied with professors that encouraged her to continue mixed media and jewelry skills. They gave Jennifer the opportunity to develop a strong base in metals techniques and design, and a better understanding of integrity to one’s craft. She began her teaching career at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. After graduate school, she began teaching at Savannah College of Art and Design. Due to the strong interest of students wanting to major in Metals and Jewelry, Jennifer proposed and developed The Metals and Jewelry Department. While in Savannah she also maintained a small studio in the historic City Market.

After departing Savannah Jennifer began teaching at the Vermont Art Exchange in North Bennington, Vermont. At VAE she taught several classes and workshops in jewelry, printmaking, and drawing. 

Jennifer moved to Seattle in 2000 and has a studio in the Ballard neighborhood. Currently, she creates jewelry, sculpture, teaches classes and workshops in the western Washington area, including North Seattle College.  She has been teaching art and jewelry classes, workshops, lectured, and exhibited throughout the U.S. and Mexico.



University of Wisconsin – Madison, Masters of Fine Arts

University of New Mexico, Bachelors of Fine Arts

Tamarind Institute / UNM, Graduate Printmaking Internship

Go to Stenhouse Studio to see more of Jennifer's work.

Julia Lowther


I was born in rural Virginia. At 8, I moved with my family to the remote Quaker community of Monteverde in the tropical mountains of Costa Rica. There we walked barefoot to school, hauled goods and people on horseback, and thought nothing of cooking dinner on a wood stove when the erratic electric power was out. Life included pie socials, building bees, few cars, no TV, and Christmas gifts made by hand. If things broke, you fixed them, if you needed something you didn’t have, you created it out of what you did have or did without it. From this upbringing, I inherited a delight in the engineering puzzles of inventing and building and easy patience with the general processes of making things.

Growing up, my hands were always busy with embroidery, crocheting, weaving, and other fiber arts. I received professional instruction in painting and drawing as well, but only discovered metalwork and jewelry when I moved to Seattle, Washington in 1996. Early in my experiments with metal, I gravitated to chains.  I find chains appealing as the unruly stiffness of wire is transformed into flexible, portable, and comfortable structures of satisfying weight. The manual dexterity gained from decades of handwork and needlework served me well and translated nicely to linking and knitting with wire.

Today I still live in Seattle, now writing articles and teaching classes on chain making, with work showcased in numerous books & magazines.



Helen Cowart


Helen Cowart is a traditionally trained artist who fell in love with kiln-formed glass. She creates art for viewing and wearing; pieces that are connected and speak with the same voice.

Helen’s work is informed by her environment, both internal and external. Much of it is meditative, creating a place for the viewer that is quiet and thoughtful. She also creates to express her delight in color, line, shape, and texture.

Helen attended Parson’s School of Design for her freshman year and graduated from Florida State University with a BA in Studio Art. At FSU, she took her first jewelry class in her senior year.

After graduating, she worked as a graphic designer for over 20 years. Feeling the need for change in her life, she returned to jewelry briefly in 2009, and in the process of using precious metal clay was introduced to kiln-formed glass. Falling in love with the glass, Helen spent the next 7 years learning and creating with the medium. 

She moved to Seattle in 2015. At the beginning of 2016, she took the beginning jewelry class at Pratt Fine Arts as a refresher and it reignited her interest in working precious metals. Since then her focus has been to combine her glass and metal art.


Our Instructors

Learn from our regular guest instructors (we think they're the best!)

  • Jeff de Boer


    Jeff has established himself as a renowned sculptor and designer, made famous for his museum-quality suits of armour for cats and mice, now collected all over the world.

    More of Jeff's work can be found on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube. He also founded Armet Canada.

  • Leslie Perrino


    Leslie Perrino began her artistic career studying theatre then detoured to receive an AD in nursing, detoured again after discovering metals and jewelry to to complete her BA She received her MA and in returned to Chicago in 1997 as a full time artist and teacher. She currently lives in Racine, Wisconsin, where she maintains a home studio. Leslie is an adjunct professor teaching jewelry and enameling at the College of Lake County, and is faculty /coordinator of the jewelry department at the Evanston Art Center, and jewelry instructor at the Racine Art Museum. In addition, she teaches workshops in Illinois and Wisconsin, sells her artwork informally online and in four Wisconsin galleries.

    Leslie Perrino is an artist and "art evangelist" who loves to share the power of art and creativity with people, particularly in her beloved areas of metals and enameling. Her artwork is a quirky mix of traditional and found objects, most recently combining computer/electrical components with enamels. She is a charismatic and effective teacher who encourages skill building and exploration of the medium.

    You can learn more about her process on Instagram @leslieperrino

  • Nisa Blackmon


    Nisa Blackmon is a full-time studio artist with an MFA from the University of Illinois, a Masters of Science from Oklahoma State University and 30 years of metalsmithing, jewelry-making and teaching experience.  Nisa’s current work is focused on combining traditional techniques, like silverwork and enamels, with found objects and unconventional materials in innovative ways (such as her signature technique of tab-construction).  She has been making steel wire structures since 1994, using them as frameworks upon which to hang swatches of evocative found and created materials in her narrative jewelry and small sculptures.  Nisa’s award-winning work can be found in numerous publications, including “500 Enameled Objects”, “500 Necklaces,” ”21st Century Jewelry: Best of the 500 Series” and “Narrative Jewelry: Tales from the Toolbox.”  She teaches jewelry and enameling workshops at local, collegiate and national venues and runs her own business, Wishbone Studio, featuring contemporary narrative and production jewelry and other objects of joyful craft.  Nisa hails from central Oklahoma and currently makes her home in Normal, Illinois, with her partner Will and far too many gardens to keep up with.

    Nisa's work can be found on her website https://www.nisablackmon.com, Instagram at @nisablackmon, and Facebook.

  • Tisha Abrahamsen


    Working with glass for over 40 years, Tisha Abrahamsen studied jewelry fabrication and glass arts at California College of the Arts from 1977-1981. Moving to Seattle, she worked as a production designer and glass blower at The Glass Eye Studio from 1981-1985 and 2002-2004. She’s attended Pilchuck Glass School as a student and teaching assistant and graduated in 1991 from The Evergreen State College with a B.A. in Art. Tisha has taught workshops in glass blowing, fusing and slumping at Pratt Fine Arts Center in Seattle. She is the owner- designer of André Glass, producing high quality hand blown glass bead jewelry. She lives with her family and works in her home studio in Seattle, Washington. 

    Tisha's glass jewelry can be on Facebook and on Instagram.

  • AJ Power


    When I was a kid, I watched “The Dark Crystal” by Jim Henson and Frank Oz and decided to create worlds and feed imagination. At the time, I was creating dioramas in shoeboxes with anthropomorphized flotsam -whatever was around me. My path hasn’t strayed much from this. I still draw and paint whatever is around me.

    Professionally, I got my start as a commercial artist at university, reconstructing plants from fossil records before working across departments and school organizations as an illustrator. I went on to work a wide variety of jobs to supplement a freelance career a changing industry. I worked in the Sonoran Desert, West Africa, the Bering Sea, and the Amazon- allowing these places to feed a visual language that persists today.

    I have my hand in a lot of creative projects: Book illustration, murals, curation among them.. but I primarily exhibit my artwork and teach Art/ Design classes in the Puget Sound area. My work can be seen on Instagram @AJPower_Studio or on my website www.ajpowerstudio.com.

  • Chris Anderson


    Like many makers Chris is a self taught. However he will openly credit the many amazing mentors he has encountered during his journey. Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, Chris has a deep connection with the outdoors and many of his creations are inspired by nature.

    Chris started at an early age (10-12 years old) in woodworking, mostly carving Ozark style figurines and animals. Later, he ventured into more construction related projects like furniture and residential and shop construction.

    In 2016 Chris started Lion Punch Forge as a hobby after he, his brother, and father bought a coal fired blacksmith shop. Eventually learning to weld, do basic fabrication and light machine work to make his own replacement parts. Eventually Chris wanted to make his knives more intricate and started teaching himself goldsmithing and metal forming.

    Making jewelry allowed Chris to rediscover his love for geology. He quickly picked up lapidary arts such as faceting gemstones, slabbing and making cabochons. Most of the year Chris can be found treasure hunting for his own gemstone and lapidary rough.

    Now retired from 20 years of public safety, Chris is self employed running Lion Punch Forge Full-time. Chris’s experience as an instructor in Public Safety has transcended into the world of making. Making Youtube videos, Instagram posts and hanging out in Facebook groups Chris openly shares information and provides assistance to anyone who asks. When asked what he thinks is the most important aspect of a business is he will quickly answer, “people.”

    Chris is inspired by the metalsmith and maker communities and values he fundamental skills. Believing that it is through the mastery of basic skills that one achieves the level up. Chris take this into account when designing tools.

    While designing the Lion Punch Forge line of tools it’s important to him to evaluate the fundamentals, simplistic design and creates them with a unique bespoke and heirloom quality.

    His work can be seen on Instagram @lionpunchforge or on his website lionpunchforge.com/.

  • Michelle Lierre


    Michelle Lierre is a goldsmith and the filigree artist behind Lierreworks, specializing in handmade, one-of-a-kind, heirloom quality jewelry. Her mission is to learn the major filigree styles of the world, tell their stories, and pass on their traditions. She creates from her home in Mount Vernon, Washington, while small children are napping.

    You can learn more about her process on Instagram @lierreworks , and view or purchase her filigree work at www.lierreworks.com

  • Jan Smith


    Jan Smith is an artist that works primarily with metal and enamel. Her work evolves from an intimate connection to place and reflects the observations of the complexity of patterns, surfaces, and colours of her environment. Her work is imbued with a language of mark-making referencing the natural world and the marks create a language or code.

    She received a BFA from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax, N.S. In 2016 Jan was part of the summer visiting artist series at NSCAD University and had a solo exhibition at the Anna Leonowens Gallery. Her work has been exhibited throughout the U.S. and internationally in curated and juried exhibitions. She has been a guest artist at Okanagan College and at Pratt Fine Arts. Her work has been published in New Earrings: 500+ Designs from around the world, On Body and Soul: Contemporary Armor to Amulet, Metalsmith Magazine: Exhibition In Print, Behind the Brooch, Art Jewelry Today, the Lark 500 Series, Color on Metal and the Art of Enameling.

    Her teaching experience includes printmaking and enamel classes for both adults and children including enamel classes at Vancouver Community College, Danaca Design, VMAA at Katami Design. Jan loves the diversity and seductive qualities of the enamel and enjoy sharing an understanding of the material with students.

    Her work can be seen on Instagram @jansmithartist or on her website www.jansmith.ca.

  • Kelly Webeck


    Kelly Lee Webeck is a photographer and visual arts educator based in Berlin. She received her BFA in visual art studies from the University of Texas at Austin and her MFA in photography from Indiana University, Bloomington. Her photographic research is related to Holocaust history, memory and education. She teaches courses online for Photographic Center Northwest and Houston Center for Photography. The courses developed for virtual platforms are related to how sketchbooks can be used by artists to influence and inform their artistic work, contemporary photographic practices and the dynamic ways different mediums of art can intersect. Her classroom goal is to foster dialogue amongst the students, building connections within the classroom community. 

    Her work can be seen on her Instagram @RocketFacedWeeb or on her website www.KellyWebeck.com

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