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Call for Entries - Hands of the Makers II: Collaboration

During the 2015 Gathering in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the ISGB unveiled Hands of the Maker I: Wearable Treasures, a juried exhibition of international artists that revealed an impressive range of finished pieces, each resulting from a single pair of hands.   

In preparation for the 2016 Gathering in New Orleans, Louisiana, the ISGB is announcing a Call for Entries for the next installment in the Hands series, Hands of the Makers II: Collaboration. In this exhibition, the artistic focus will be on the exploration of the cooperative hands that contribute to a successful collaboration.

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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.



Call for Submissions: The Art of Glass – Flameworking Volume 1

The International Society of Glass Beadmakers invites glass artists to submit work for the upcoming new publication, The Art of Glass - Flameworking Volume 1, due out spring 2016. 

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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!



For decades, the ISGB has been a leader in the contemporary glass beadmaking movement. Providing education and awareness, our organization has encouraged and supported beadmakers in their artistic endeavors, both as a career and for personal enjoyment. Our members help give life to our organization’s vision of being a leader in our creative community and to expanding the innovative use of complementary mediums among artists and craftspeople.

Support through donations helps make it possible for the ISGB to continue its longstanding tradition of producing quality, broad based programming for beadmakers and flame workers worldwide. This happens through our annual conference, The Gathering, every year, our quarterly magazine Glass Bead Evolution, the monthly e-newsletter Bead Release, and scholarship opportunities within our organization as well as with industry shows like Bead&Button. The ISGB encourages growth for members and for flame workers in all art forms.

Our organization continues to offer opportunities for members to participate in traveling juried shows and we are partnering with the Society of North American Goldsmiths for joint membership, online sales opportunities, and for collaboration with metalsmiths. The ISGB Vendor Discount Program continues to thrive and we remain dedicated to the sharing of techniques, best practices, and business education as we strive to propel the contemporary glass bead movement farther into the future. Naturally as our programs expand, financial resources to support them become more vital than ever.

Donations make us a more effective organization, and it is your donation that will help ensure the ISGB stays strong and meets our fundraising goals. Please consider donating to the ISGB. Your contribution will enable our organization to continue moving forward, meeting the challenges of the future, and strengthening our drive of the contemporary glass movement. 

Thank you in advance for your generous support. 

ISGB is a 501(c) (3) organization. Your contribution may be tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. Please consult your tax preparer.

Please note that you do not need a PayPal account in order to donate.


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