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What is the Gathering?

The International Society of Glass Beadmakers (ISGB) holds an annual conference to bring together an international community of glass bead artists and enthusiasts. The conference, called The Gathering, is an occasion to become involved in the glass world and make valuable contacts. 

There are a wide variety of events at the conference to satisfy many interests. It is an opportunity for attendees to network with each other, gallery owners, collectors, technical vendors and suppliers.  It also gives technical vendors an opportunity to showcase new equipment, tools, supplies, and glass. Through demonstrations, lectures, panel discussions, and more attendees can learn new techniques and business skills to further their glass bead knowledge.

Registration is open to all, however being a member of the ISGB gives you the opportunity to participate in early registration.


Future Gatherings




The International Society of Glass Beadmakers (ISGB) and Glass Craft & Bead Expo are coming together in Las Vegas, Nevada to create an amazing opportunity in 2017.

While these two events still operate independently of one another, the partnership will offer an unprecedented experience for glass artists, enthusiasts, and complimentary mediums for a must-attend event! 

ISGB will hold its annual conference, The Gathering, March 29 - April 2, with preconference workshops beginning on Tuesday, March 28. Events, presentations, and workshops will bring strong creative content that will not only educate, but inspire attendees. 

Glass Craft & Bead Expo workshops will begin March 29 - April 2 with their annual tradeshow March 31 - April 2. ISGB will add to the tradeshow on Saturday, April 1 by bringing their one day Glass, Beads & Jewelry Bazaar to the show floor. 

The ISGB Gathering, Glass Craft & Bead Expo, and all events will take place at the exciting South Point Hotel & Casino. More details on workshops, registration, and hotel reservations will be available this fall. 



Previous Gatherings

Following is a list of past Gatherings -

1993   Prescott, Arizona

1994   San Francisco, California

1995   Evanston, Illinois

1996   Seattle, Washington

1997   Albuquerque, New Mexico

1998   Corning, New York

1999   Scottsdale, Arizona

2000   Oakland, California

2001   Boulder, Colorado

2002   Alexandria, Virginia

2003   Lowell, Massachusetts 

2004   Portland, Oregon

2005   Louisville, Kentucky

2006   Kansas City, Missouri

2007   Minneapolis, Minnesota

2008   Oakland, California

2009  Miami, Florida
          Photo Album

2010  Rochester, New York
          Photo Album
2011  Louisville, Kentucky
2012  Bellevue, Washington
2013  Rochester, New York

         2014  Houston, Texas
                    Photo Album

         2015  Albuquerque, New Mexico
                    Photo Album 1
                    Photo Album 2

2016  New Orleans, Louisiana


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