Bernadette Denoux is a jewelry artist and metal clay instructor living and working in Miami, Florida. As a teen growing up near Coconut Grove, wearing handmade and vintage jewelry was a part of her personal self expression. After college Bernadette became a special education teacher, but always had an interest in the arts and artifacts. During the last years of her thirty years as a teacher she opened, and still has, an antique business named Eclectique Antiques and Eccentricities.
In 2004 Bernadette began making jewelry, discovering metal clay, bead weaving and metal fabrication. She began taking classes in metal clay, and in 2005 received two levels of certification from the PMC Guild. In 2007 she retired from the school system, and received a diploma, after completing the state required hours, in the Fine Jewelry Program from The Miami Jewelry School. She has also taken several semesters of Fine Arts Jewelry at Miami Dade College. She has since gone on to receive certification as Senior Instructor with Art Clay World.
Bernadette believes in being a life-long learner. She continues to take courses in various jewelry techniques to enhance her work, and to educate her students. She belongs to several guilds and organizations such as Florida Society of Goldsmiths, Art Clay Society, PMC Guild, South Florida Jewelry Arts Guild, Enamel Guild South, Gem and Mineral Society of South Florida, Art Center South Florida, Bakehouse Art Complex, and is the chapter leader of Miami Metal Clay Artists which is a local chapter of Art Clay Society USA.
In 2008 Bernadette started teaching jewelry techniques with metal clay at Miami Dade College. Currently she is also teaching at The Alper Jewish Community Center, Deering Estate, and in 2010 has scheduled workshops in Fairchild Gardens and Art Center South Florida. Recently one of her pieces was chosen to be a part of a prestigious calendar called “The Art and Design of Metal Clay Jewelry” for 2010.