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Call for Entries - Hands of the Maker 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 Maker 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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ISGB has proudly sponsored group exhibitions to promote the art of glass beadmaking and its members. Here are a list of past exhibitions. Catalogs for some of these exbitions are available for sale, please visit our Publications Section for ordering information. 

Previous ISGB Exhibitions


Three X Two


Convergence I, II, III



Out of the Box





Geometric – A Juxtaposition of the Circle and the Square

Many endeavors in beadmaking focus on creating a shape that is circular or square in one dimension or another. Both the circle and the square are utilized in so many shapes and techniques ranging from spherical ball beads, donuts, and discs to cubes, focal pendants, and rectangular bricks.

For this juried, individual bead exhibit, artists are invited to submit a bead featuring a circular or square shape either in construction or surface decoration. Are you drawn to rounded edges, or do you surround yourself with patterns of crisp, straight lines? Maybe you envision a cube with a grid pattern laid down with careful stringer work, or a sphere bead with squares of copper inlay?  This eclectic array of geometric shapes will highlight dimensional artworks inspired by the infinite circle and the edgy square. The angles, spheres, and possibilities of interpretation are endless! 

Emerging artists to those with established careers are encouraged to participate. Artists may submit as many beads as they like for the jury, however; a maximum of one bead per artist will be selected for the final exhibit.

The deadline was May 20, 2013. 

Geometric will be on exhibit at the ISGB annual conference, the Gathering, in Rochester, New York. Exact dates and venue to be announced.


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