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2017 Gathering Commemorative Bead

Every annual conference is a celebration, but 2017 is a very exciting year for the ISGB. It marks the 25th anniversary of The Gathering! 

We invite you to submit a bead that is distinctive and visually exciting, reflective of your outstanding creativity and detailed work. In celebration of our theme, 25 Years Strong, consider pushing the boundaries with work that represents the highest qualities of technical execution and artistic design. This unique theme is meant to be interpreted broadly. 

We will sell this as a Commemorative Bead to conference attendees with part of the proceeds benefiting the ISGB and part to the selected artist. The initial commitment is 50 Commemorative Beads to be sold as pre-orders during conference registration, with the option for more beads dependent upon sales as well as the willingness of the artist. All beads must be delivered to the ISGB Gathering in Las Vegas, Nevada by Wednesday, March 30, 2017.   

The images sent for submission must be a 1200 x 1600 pixel image at 300 dpi. We will accept one submission from each participant and a total of up to three (3) images of the bead. The deadline for submission is September 21, 2016 and selection/notification will be made by September 28, 2016.

If chosen, the submitted bead must be postmarked by October 3, 2016 for professional photography to be used in all Gathering promotional materials. By participating in this submission process, if your bead is chosen you agree to release the image you send and the professional photography ISGB provides, for use in any ISGB materials or promotions.

Please click here to submit your images for consideration by September 21, 2016.


Call for 2017 Gathering Proposals

We are seeking instructors and presenters who will encourage and motivate flameworkers by sharing ideas and knowledge, and help support our mission to preserve the rich and diverse traditions of the art of glassworking techniques. Workshop and presentation proposals are not limited to glass, but may be complementary mediums, as well as topics of professional development and business education among artists and craftspeople.

Two day, one day, and half-day workshops, as well as three hour professional development mini sessions, will be considered. Presentations are 50 minutes long and must be brand new content. The deadline for all proposals is September 8.     

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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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