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Marcia Balonis

Marcia has a lifelong passion for jewelry. As a young girl she remembers playing in her mothers jewelry box and fondling each treasure. That passion for wonderful trinkets led to beading as the outlet for her creative energies. She started making her own jewelry as a teenager during the "hippie" years. She jokingly says that was more than five years ago. Later, on many trips with her mother, Marcia saw the possibility of a "bead" in the environment. Many of her fun designs using unusual found materials have been published in magazines and books.

During her financial career, she traveled around the country for her job and often took art classes to relax. Marcia then began teaching at various venues including conventions, stores, and adult education centers. She found teaching beading much more rewarding than teaching accounting! In retirement, she has happily gone from being a “Bean Counter” in the financial world to counting beads.

Now in Florida, she enjoys teaching at local bead stores, an occasional bead retreat somewhere in the United States, and of course the annual Bead&Button Show in Milwaukee, WI.

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