Jackie Truty began working in flat glass as a hobby. When she finally settled on fusing glass for jewelry full time, she began studying the mechanics of dichroic glass, researching its beginnings and ultimately writing a book published in 2002. She added wire wrapping and lapidary arts to her skills as she searched for the perfect outlet for her creative expression.
It was in 2000 when she saw a demonstration on Art Clay Silver, that Jackie knew she'd finally found her niche. Taking introductory and then back-to-back certification classes in the Fall of 2000, she soon became a Senior Instructor in Art Clay. Then in March of 2001, she accepted a position as one of two Directors of Education, flying to Japan for her Masters training. In 2002, she acquired the rights as exclusive North American distributor of Art Clay products and moved her newly acquired business, Art Clay World, USA, from Torrance, California to Oak Lawn, Illinois.
She continues to run the day-to-day operations from Art Clay's 9500 square foot headquarters, which was purchased in 2003. Art Clay World, USA continues to grow with wholesalers and Instructors stretching from Montreal to Hawaii. Jackie has taught Art Clay in such diverse places as Milan, Montreal, and Johannesburg, South Africa.
Her books, "Art Clay Silver and Gold: 18 Projects to Make in One Day," and "Metal Clay: The Complete Guide," are sold internationally.
Jackie's passion may be Art Clay, but her mission is to empower women through its use. She is determined to provide an opportunity for women to establish a place for themselves in the high-end art arena with a minimum investment and a maximum return both financially and creatively.
Find Jackie online here: Jackie Truty Designs.