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Gathering Scholarships

 Each year ISGB offers a number of scholarships to qualifying members to enable them to attend the Gathering. Click the link below for more information on scholarship opportunities.

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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. To download a .pdf version of the conference booklet, click here.


Future Gatherings

Mark your calendar and save the date! 

The Gathering, our annual conference, will be in Albuquerque, New Mexico, July 15 thru 19, 2015, with pre-conference workshops beginning July 14. Experience an eclectic mix of the best in presentations, workshops, seminars, tours, and other activities that will both educate and inspire. Share collective knowledge, explore our new vision and outreach, and experience Forging Connections :: Celebrating Community.

Please join us on our adventure through collaborative creativity in the worlds of glass, glass beadmaking, and complementary mediums. We are proud to announce our pre-conference workshops, presentations, and artists.


Brigitte Martin, keynote speaker
That's My Story and I'm Stickin' to it!

Cleo Dunsmore Buchanan
Red Tailed Hawk

Sessin Durgham
Arc Welding: Sponsored by Rio Grande

Kim Fields
Nature in Glass: An Inspirational Journey

Lori Greenberg
Soft Glass Cold-Stack Murrini: Color Mixing and Construction

Tom Holland
Knot Talk

Leslie Kaplan
Double-Ruffled Borosilicate Discs

Anne Mitchell
Defining Your Creative Voice in a Noisy World

Claudia Trimbur-Pagel, international presenter
Little Pirate

Terri Caspary Schmidt
The Evolution and Deconstruction of the Moroccan Bead

Beth Williams
Forging Ahead: Creating New Connections in Glass with Metal

Lewis Wilson
How to Work Borosilicate Glass: A Quick Journey through Five Decades of Glass 


Cleo Dunsmore Buchanan
Wildlife Illustration

Jennifer Field
Fire and Fleece: Combining Glass Beads and Felted Wool

Kim Fields
Sculptural Floral Beads

Bronwen Heilman

Everyone Loves BLING! Everyone Loves GLASS!

Patty Lakinsmith
Mad Science: Electroforming and Off-Mandrel Pendant Techniques

Anne Mitchell
Creating Settings for Lampworked Beads

Claudia Trimbur-Pagel, international instructor
Precision in Shape and Decoration

Terri Caspary Schmidt

Dots, Lines, and Tessellations

Heather Trimlett
Buttons, Buttons, Amazing Buttons!

Lewis Wilson
Dirty Looie's Quick and Dirty Boro
Mini Workshops

Eleanore Macnish
Carmen Miranda Bracelet

Anne Mitchell
Roman Tab: Ancient Classic Chain

Hannah Rosner
Selling via Social Media in Today's Market


Kendra Bruno
You'll Shoot Your Eye Out: Artist Statements, Juried Exhibitions, and More

Jennifer Field, Patty Lakinsmith, Marcy Lamberson, Stephanie Sersich
Instructors' Seminars I and II


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

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