This is an issue that out-classes all others, and there have been some damn fine volumes in the past.
With the history of the first gathering of contemporary beadmakers in 1993, personal notes from our tribal elders (in experience rather than years), and wonderful articles about Amy Waldman Smith (congrats on that cover, Amy!), stacked dots by Jim Kervin, and our own wonderful Carlisle Glass Works, I was pulled deeper into the pages with every shining leaf that I turned over.
I am missing the Gathering this year, but I feel more connected to ISGB than ever. This magazine is ISGB's crowning achievement. It arrives at the door and quite passively builds and strengthens our community. Diana Reibling, Kathryn Wadsworth, and our editors going back to Donna Milliron can take great pride in The Glass Bead.
I know that financially, the publication is burdensomely expensive, however, as the vehicle that connects and improves our community, there is nothing more important that ISGB can do to impact every member in a positive way.
Thank you to everyone who worked on the summer issue and who has been a part of building the magazine to the level of art & effort that it is today.