Erin Prais-Hintz

4800 Nicolet Avenue     Stevens Point, Wisconsin, 54481    715-340-0198   


Tesori Trovati, Stevens Point, WI

Artisan Jewelry Designer, Jun 2007 – Present

  • Work closely with clients to create one-of-a-kind artisan jewelry
  • Develop lines of jewelry for sale at galleries, boutiques
  • Designing, creating, packaging, shipping, customer service
  • Create jewelry and art for gallery exhibits and displays
  • Seek opportunities for original work to be published in books, magazines, blogs and other media outlets
  • Seek new art adventures daily


Halcraft USA

Freelance Designer, May 2012 – Present

  • Brand ambassador for Halcraft USA line of beads and components (Bead Gallery in Michaels)
  • One of seven designers on the Beading Dream Team
  • Trend spotter who translates what's hot into fresh and innovative jewelry designs
  • Create new designs monthly and as directed
  • Photograph and write step-by-step instructions for all projects for publication
  • Coordinate and write monthly blog hop Pretty Palettes for the website
  • Represent Halcraft USA on the DIY jewelry television program Beads, Baubles & Jewels


National Public Safety Information Bureau, Stevens Point, WI

Advertising & Data Production Manager, Sep 1996 – Present

  • Database mangement
  • Online advertising coordination
  • Website maintenance
  • Customer service
  • Public safety industry: Police, Fire, EMS, etc


Nunn Design

Freelance Designer, Jan 2012 – Dec 2012

  • Member of the inaugural Nunn Design Innovation Team
  • Brand ambassador for Nunn Design products
  • Create jewelry designs monthly and as directed
  • Write step-by-step instructions for publication



Freelance Designer, Dec 2013 – Dec 2014

  • One of six designers on the ImpressArt Design Team
  • Brand ambassador for ImpressArt line of stamping products
  • Create designs with step-by-step instructions


EK Success

Freelance Designer, Jan 2010 – Dec 2010

  • Member of the Jolee's Jewels design team
  • Brand ambassador for Jolee's Jewels line of crystals
  • Create new jewelry designs monthly and as directed
  • Write step-by-step instructions


Saint Peter Middle School, Stevens Point, WI

Teacher, Sep 1991 – Jun 1996

  • Writing, Literature instruction
  • Instilling a love of language in 7th graders



University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI

BS - Secondary Education/English


Independent Coursework

  • Basic Metalsmithing with Kay Rashka
  • Explorations in Resin with Susan Lenart Kazmer
  • Byzantine Chainmaille with John Fetvedt
  • PMC Silver Ring with Maria Martinez
  • Stamping & Riveting with Tracy Stanley
  • Metal Etching with Gina Crow
  • Electro-Etching with Sherri Haab
  • Faux Bone & PMC Pendant with Sherri Haab
  • Painting with Fire Torch Fired Enamel with Barbara Lewis
  • Etching & Soldering with Richard Salley
  • Creating Bezels & Soldering with Stephanie Lee
  • Inspired by Nature annual art retreat with Heather Powers
  • Vintaj Workshop with Jess Italia Lincoln
  • Patina & Glitz with Debi Simon
  • Antiquities Cold Bronze Resin Casting with Debi Simon
  • Thin Gauge Metal Workshop with Stacie Florer
  • Worlds of Color polymer clay workshop with Christine Damm
  • The Art of Whimsical Lettering with Joanne Sharpe
  • Life Book 2015
  • Cool Copper Cuffs with Eva Sherman
  • Containers to Wear with Thomas Mann
  • Modern Alchemy: Jeweled Windows with Andrew & Cynthia Thornton
  • Patron Saints with Laurie Mika
  • Polymer Clay Adventure 2016


Additional Information

  • Founding member of Gallery Q Artist's Cooperative, Stevens Point
  • Currently working on new artwork and jewelry for exhibit in Gallery Q September/October 2016 debut entitled "Beauty in the Broken Places"
  • Part of collaborative exhibit Gallery Q 2016 - New Beginnings - mixed media polymer clay mosaic selected
  • Solo exhibit Gallery Q 2010 - "Inspired by" - Jewelry inspired by art
  • Center for Visual Arts - Wausau, WI - 2016 Midwest Seasons juried exhibit - "Perikarpium" art jewelry necklace selected
  • Winter's Garden exhibit - Riverfront Arts Center - pieces selected by jury for exhibition 2010-1015
  • Cycle Love exhibit - Riverfront Arts Center 2015
  • Represented Halcraft USA on the DIY television show Beads, Baubles & Jewels, three episodes filmed, 2014-2015
  • Created four hour+ long jewelry DVD titles for Interweave/F+W Media
  • Shimmering Garden DVD: Add some class and a touch of sass to your jewelry designs! Learn how to make wire-wrapped flowers that will become the perfect building block to your next jewelry project.
  • Fabulous Facets DVD + Kit: Learn how to make polymer clay beads that burst with color and mimic rough-cut gemstones. Also featured with a kit created by the artist. Honored as Featured Artist of January 2015.
  • Flashes of Brilliance DVD: Mix mixed media elements together to create vibrant jewelry designs that mimic faux gemstones with resin and bezels.
  • Wire Doodles DVD: Take the mystery out of working with wire in this informative video workshop. Learn how to craft 4 unique links that can be turned into jewelry designs, clasps, and so much more!
  • Contributing Editor: Art Bead Scene blog: 2010-present: write weekly and monthly posts, coordinate monthly blog hop, curate monthly challenge recap, select weekly featured designer/bead artist, monthly Inside the Studio postings, promote a love of art beads
  • Contributing Editor: Earrings Everyday blog: 2011-present: write posts about earring design and fashion trends, host and coordinate monthly blog hop with rotating themes called We're All Ears