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2015 Commemorative Bead

ISGB is pleased to announce the theme for our ISGB 2015 Gathering - Forging Connections :: Celebrating Community. As we strive for growth, expanded creativity, and excellence in all things glass, we realize the need to look beyond the bead. We feel Forging Connections :: Celebrating Community is the perfect theme for next year's Gathering as we explore our new vision and expand the outreach to our many creative partners.

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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! 

We are excited to announce that the ISGB Gathering XXIII will be held in Albuquerque, New Mexico, July 15 - July 19, 2015.  (classes start prior to the 15th)

Located at the beautiful Hotel Albuquerque, the rich history and traditions of the fine city of Albuquerque will provide a wonderful ambience for the new, diverse atmosphere of our annual conference.


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

          2014  Houston, Texas

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