Clough'D 9 Cookies
Amy decorated her first cookie in the fall of 2011, after stumbling on decorated Thanksgiving turkey cookies online. She was currently teaching 7th grade science at a local middle school, but was completely absorbed into the world of cookies. Amy started receiving many requests to sell cookies, but the Maryland Cottage Law was very prohibitive. Her husband, lovingly referred to as "The Cookie Widower", built a commercial kitchen in their backyard so that she could profit from her love of cookie decorating. Amy hung up her teacher shoes after 15 years in the classroom, and Clough’D 9 Cookies (pronounced as "cloud-nine-cookies") was born. She still finds time to teach, via cookie tutorials on her blog. Between her cookie orders, she is mom to two boys on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.
A three-time CookieCon veteran, Amy has won multiple awards for her Sugar Show entries. This year, Amy will be instructing on creative ways to add texture to cookie designs, including unique applications of royal icing, stenciling, exploration of piping tips, and accenting with sugar embellishments.
The Cookie Architect
Rebecca started cookie decorating five years ago, because she wanted to use her gingerbread skills on smaller projects, but little did she know that cookies would soon be firing up her imagination and taking over her life! By day, she is an architect with her own small firm in Northern New York. At home she is a wife and a mom to two young boys. But late at night she gets to be an artist who expresses herself through the medium of decorated sugar cookies.
What started out as some birthday cookies for her oldest son was soon cookie art projects for fun and for friends. Her cookie work has been commissioned for publication in magazines and for art to commemorate events. She has had three jigsaw puzzles published by Springbok Puzzles featuring her cookie art. With a five year design degree for architecture and decades of experience in professional design, Rebecca loves teaching about creativity and design, especially in such a delicious medium!
Rebecca's CookieCon class title is Cookie Architecture: Building up your cookie inspiration, design and style. She will be discussing creativity & design, how to get and stay inspired, principles of design, and building and applying your own style.
Tweet's Cookie Connection
Teri has always been one of those 'artsy' girls with a passion for whimsical design, painting, doodling and playing with people. After college she began a career in Art Therapy, married her longtime sweetheart and opted for the 'Stay at Home Mom'/Entrepreneur gig! For the next 20 years she contracted her faux painting and floral design skills to the Interior Design Community in Denver and baked cutesy sugar cookies for every school, kid-sporting event, holiday, church, charity and family function known to mankind.
With a desire to simplify, Teri launched tweets...cookie connection in 2012, using the cookie as her canvas and Home cookie parties for building connections with friends, organizations and community businesses. She is proud to define her artisanship from the great Cookiers' she has studied from at Cookie Con and is humbled by the design awards she has received from the Cookie Community!
The Bearfoot Baker
Lisa is the cookie decorator and blogger known as The Bearfoot Baker. She has been decorating cookies for many years, and started her blog in 2012. Her cute cookie style and generous personality have earned her thousands of loyal fans. Lisa lives in the beautiful foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, where she loves to photograph (and chase away!) all kinds of living creatures, including the bear that inspired her cookie name! In 2014, she published her first book, 100 Animal Cookies: A Super Cute Menagerie to Decorate Step-by-Step, which features the cute cookie versions of many of her furry friends. Lisa's fun, "Don't Wait! Let's Create!" attitude is infectious and inspiring.
Lisa will be teaching Cookie Foundations. This will be a Cookies 101, including how to get a smooth icing surface, dealing with common problems, icing consistency, and other basic (but essential!) cookie issues.
Hang tight for more presenter announcements soon!