Jewelry Artists

Katharina picKatharina Stute is a local artist.  Creativity has been her life-long passion.  She hand fabricates each individual piece of jewelry from silver, gold and other precious metals using her own ideas and design.    Katharina also designs and cuts precious and semi-precious gem stones and is a certified appraiser for precious stones and jewelry.  She has a degree in Gemology.

Katharina received her education in Germany and moved to Chicago, Illinois.  Since 1980 she has resided in the beautiful town of San Juan Capistrano, California.  In her home studio she gives classes in Jewelry, Design and Fabrication, which includes casting, PMC (Precious Metal Clay), stone cutting, basic metal forming-hammering etc.

Katharina is listed in “The National Rock-hound and Lapidary Hall of Fame,” located in Murdo, South Dakota.  Katharina’s artwork is shown in several galleries and sold on national and international websites.  You can find her work at several local art galleries and she participates in the International Gem and Jewelry Show held every year in Tucson, Arizona.

Doris Weinbaum has been involved with beads, both as a businesswoman and an artist/teacher, since 1993.  In that year Doris opened a retail bead shop in Oak Park, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago.  While owning and managing the shop, Doris began learning beading techniques and jewelry design from instructors in her store, books and customers.  Given her breadth of experience with many other hand-crafts, including sewing, knitting and crocheting, Doris’ talent for beading blossomed.  Doris has had one of her original designs published, has other original designs in production and has taught a wide range of beading techniques to children and adults. As a former home economics teacher, Doris most enjoys watching where individual creativity will take her students.  Doris believes there are no limits to the artistic uses for beads, especially when combined with knowledge of beadwork techniques and having the appropriate tools.  

In January 2008, Doris and her husband Mike relocated to San Clemente, California for a career change for Mike and a lifestyle change for both.  Doris sold her bead shop in 2012 and it is now in the daily care of her former store manager.  Doris is enjoying spreading her knowledge and love of beadwork to the community of artists in Southern California.  Doris is a regular teacher at The Bouncing Bead in La Mesa, CA.  She also teaches for the Bead Society of Orange County at the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, CA, OC Beads in Dana Point, CA and the Bead and Button Show, a national show held each year in Milwaukee, WI.  

Doris teaches private classes in either her home or your home, and she can lead a beading craft at your child’s birthday party.  Doris also loves to do beadwork repairs and finds it very satisfying to get broken jewelry repaired and back into use.

Doris’ jewelry creations can be found at the San Clemente Art Gallery in San Clemente.


Irene picIrene Wetsman has been involved in all aspects of art her entire life. Her attraction to nature is expressed through art, primarily jewelry, utilizing a combination of high quality gems, precious and semi-precious. She works with all types of metals including sterling silver, fine silver and gold. All of her works feature original hand made Precious Metal Clay (PMC) or sterling silver art forms emphasizing natural designs related to wildlife, nature and traditional cultures.

Because Irene travels extensively and has exposure to many sources that are otherwise unavailable to others, she designs and creates all of her jewelry and art forms utilizing traditional techniques and contemporary methods.

She strives to produce art and jewelry forms of the highest quality and prides herself in producing unique and one-of-a-kind items.  She does this by meticulously hand selecting materials from a very wide range of sources and utilizes only the highest quality and often the most unique materials available.  See more of Irene’s work on her website,  IJD Designs.