As The Crucible’s Hot Couture Fashion Show on January 11 & 12, 2013 approaches, staff writer Sarah Dabby chats with faculty member, leather artist, and Hot Couture designer Sam Waller to learn more about his pieces, his team and The Crucible’s integral role in his success.

Sam, a self-taught leather artist, joined The Crucible faculty in September 2011. His work, which draws on fantasy and pre-Renaissance themes, has been featured throughout shows and boutiques in Oakland and Indianapolis. His Designer and Artist team includes Courtney Pheils and Celeste Flores.