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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.



Call for 2016 Gathering Proposals

The International Society of Glass Beadmakers will hold its annual conference, Gathering XXIV in New Orleans, Louisiana, July 20 - July 24, 2016.

New Orleans' old world roots have created a strong foundation and long-standing appreciation for the arts. Today the scene thrives via countless galleries, performance spaces and museums. But perhaps what sets the cultural institutions apart from those of other cities is their ability to embody the joie de vivre (joy of life) so prevalent in New Orleans. The city's vibrant arts scene, unique culture and architecture, love of food, and incredible music creates non-traditional experiences you can't find anywhere else! 

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. 

ISGB is seeking instructors and presenters for the conference who will bring strong, creative content to educate and inspire flameworkers by sharing ideas and knowledge. We encourage you to apply 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 mini sessions, will be considered. Presentations are 50 minutes long and must be brand new content. 

Click here for the 2016 Gathering Instructor Application.
Click here for the 2016 Gathering Presenter Application.



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 Gathering, our annual conference, will be in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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. We look forward to seeing you there!


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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