During the 2015 Gathering in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the ISGB unveiled Hands of the Maker I: Wearable Treasures, a juried exhibition of international artists that revealed an impressive range of finished pieces, each resulting from a single pair of hands.
In preparation for the 2016 Gathering in New Orleans, Louisiana, the ISGB is announcing a Call for Entries for the next installment in the Hands series, Hands of the Maker II: Collaboration. In this exhibition, the artistic focus will be on the exploration of the cooperative hands that contribute to a successful collaboration.
Production is underway on the International Society of Glass Beadmakers' upcoming new publication, The Art of Glass - Flameworking Volume 1, due out spring 2016.
Save the date for Wednesday, July 20 - Sunday, July 24, 2016. Gathering Workshops will begin prior to the conference and our host hotel will be the Sheraton New Orleans.
The focus for Gathering XXIV is Breaking Tradition which echoes the revision of our mission statement and supports our extended creative community outreach. It invites both a well-rounded, broad range of artistic style, and multi-media interpretation for workshops and presentations. Our instructors and presenters will bring strong, creative content to educate and inspire conference attendees by sharing ideas and knowledge in the diverse traditions of the art of glassworking techniques, complementary mediums, professional development, and business education.
We are proud to announce this sneak peek at some of our presenters and instructors for the 2016 Gathering. Look for updates and more information as we move closer to releasing the Gathering booklet on January 31.
See you in New Orleans!
*Photo credit: Kristen Frantzen Orr, Hands of the Maker exhibit
For decades, the ISGB has been a leader in the contemporary glass beadmaking movement. Providing education and awareness, our organization has encouraged and supported beadmakers in their artistic endeavors, both as a career and for personal enjoyment. Our members help give life to our organization’s vision of being a leader in our creative community and to expanding the innovative use of complementary mediums among artists and craftspeople.
Support through donations helps make it possible for the ISGB to continue its longstanding tradition of producing quality, broad based programming for beadmakers and flame workers worldwide. This happens through our annual conference, The Gathering, every year, our quarterly magazine Glass Bead Evolution, the monthly e-newsletter Bead Release, and scholarship opportunities within our organization as well as with industry shows like Bead&Button. The ISGB encourages growth for members and for flame workers in all art forms.
Our organization continues to offer opportunities for members to participate in traveling juried shows and we are partnering with the Society of North American Goldsmiths for joint membership, online sales opportunities, and for collaboration with metalsmiths. The ISGB Vendor Discount Program continues to thrive and we remain dedicated to the sharing of techniques, best practices, and business education as we strive to propel the contemporary glass bead movement farther into the future. Naturally as our programs expand, financial resources to support them become more vital than ever.
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Thank you in advance for your generous support.
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