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2016 Gathering Registration Now Open to All!

 Registration for the 2016 ISGB Gathering is now open to all! Click here to register online, sign up for classes, and to make your hotel reservations.


The 2016 Gathering Booklet is Now Available


We are pleased to announce that the 2016 Gathering booklet is now available. Detailed information on everything related to this exciting conference can be downloaded here.

Save the date for Wednesday, July 20 - Sunday, July 24, 2016. Gathering Workshops will begin prior to the conference and our host hotel will be the Sheraton New Orleans.

The focus for Gathering XXIV is Breaking Tradition which echoes the revision of our mission statement and supports our extended creative community outreach. It invites both a well-rounded, broad range of artistic style, and multi-media interpretation for workshops and presentations. Our instructors and presenters will bring strong, creative content to educate and inspire conference attendees by sharing ideas and knowledge in the diverse traditions of the art of glassworking techniques, complementary mediums, professional development, and business education.

Early Registration is underway, now through April 30. Click here to register now.


2016 Gathering Commemorative Bead

The theme for our ISGB 2016 Gathering is Breaking Tradition which echoes the revision of our mission statement and supports our extended creative community outreach. It invites a well-rounded, broad range of artistic style, and multi-media interpretation.

We are looking for a bead reflecting the Breaking Tradition theme to be used for the New Orleans, Louisiana Gathering. 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. 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 images sent for submission must be a 1200 x 1600 pixel image at 300 dpi. The bead that most reflects the Breaking Tradition theme will be selected by a panel. The deadline for submission is December 15, 2015 and selection will be made by December 30, 2015.

The actual bead must be postmarked by January 5, 2016 for professional photography to be used in all Gathering promotional materials. By participating in this submission process, you agree to release the image you send for use in any ISGB materials or promotions.

Please submit your design to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for consideration by December 15, 2015.



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.


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

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