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Albina Manning was born in Yoshkar-Ola, Russia, a small town not far from the Volga River. She graduated from Mari State Pedagogical Institute and then worked for 9 years as a certificated elementary and physical education teacher in her hometown.
In 2003 Albina's life changed a lot! She moved to Arizona. Then a Russian friend living in Japan sent her a beautiful, red beaded rose as a Christmas gift. Is it possible to make something as lovely as Mother Nature creates? Probably not, but sometimes copies can be worth that of the original.' That is when Albina fell in love with beads and wire. Her first experience was to make a beaded Money Tree.
Now Albina enjoys teaching at The Bead Museum, The Beaderie, and at the J.O.G.S Gem & Jewelry Show. Her work Bonsai Shakkan has been used as a back cover advertisement. In 2009 Albina won the 1st Place Gold Medal award with 'Inca's Gold Necklace' in FMG's wirework category. Albina Manning has been published in 'Art Bead Circle Magazine' as well as in a book 'Mixed Media Jewelry Techniques'.