Adam Clark ,the founder and owner of Scintillant Studio, grew up in Rhode Island and received his Bachelor of Fine Art degree from Maine College of Art. Following his formal education, a series of apprenticeships and jobs with renowned metal artists allowed him to develop his metalworking skills. Adam has been living here in the Bay Area for over 20 years and has taught at both the College of Marin and the Richmond Art Center. He now teaches exclusively in his own successful studio in San Francisco. He was technical advisor on Tim McCreight's book The Complete Metalsmith, the recognized standard text for metalsmithing classes around the world. Adam brings to his classes an enthusiasm that is both contagious and a little outrageous. His patience and understanding, coupled with high expectations, make his classes an entertaining and challenging learning experience.
David Casella creates his own jewelry and metal designs for a variety of venues through his studio D.A.C-METALS. He works on private commissions, participates in selected juried shows, does contract work, and has had his work shown in Bay Area galleries. David’s employment has included working at a coppersmith studio for eight years where he became lead production manager and working on custom steel fabrication and consulting for Eric Powell designs. David currently teaches at Scintillant Studio, The Academy of Art, and The Crucible; where he has helped develop the jewelry department, proposed classes, and led workshops since 2000. He is also an active member of the Metal Arts Guild of the Bay Area, teaching workshops and participating in juried exhibitions. David Casella earned his Bachelor Degree in Fine Art from the Maine College of Art with an emphasis in Metalsmithing and Jewelry design in 1996.
Ana has had a passion for the arts from a young age. She fell in love with jewelry making in an elective class while studying photography at Columbia College in Chicago. After graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Art in 2011, Ana turned her focus to metalworking and started her jewelry company, Truss and Ore, in 2014. She shows her work at juried shows around the country and her pieces are sold in stores in the Bay Area and beyond.
Emma Mankin-Morris is a third generation metalsmith, who grew up in San Francisco learning the craft from her Father and Grandfather. She began soldering and casting before she could legally vote! After many years of apprenticing and creating her own body of work, she began teaching at metal studios throughout the Bay Area. Emma completed a Bachelor Degree at the University of California Santa Barbara in Studio Art and a Master Degree at John F. Kennedy University in the same. Emma is a skilled painter as well as a metalsmith. She uses her knowledge of these two crafts to inform her teaching.
Emma has shown her metalwork in her family shop in North Beach, at galleries around the Bay Area, and in other states as well. Emma teaches at Scintillant studio, Richmond Art Center, has guest taught at Berkeley City College, and Walnut Creek Civic Arts Center. She also teaches young people jewelry making at camp during the summers at Celsius and Beyond.