ISGB invited its members to create a bead that answers one of two questions: What lies beneath? When is it actually what is on the outside that counts? 
For centuries, beadmakers have been answering these questions, consciously or not, with every design decision they have made. Some artisans have melted glass in layers to create visible depth. An artist may choose to encase a bit of metal, or perhaps some strategically placed reactive glass. Other artists prefer to decorate the exterior of their bead with enamels or complex stringer work. What happens when you add glass to the face of the bead? Six big dots might give a bead a whimsical feel, whereas sixty little dots might impart a sense of decadence. What happens when you take glass away? For this exhibit, artists answered questions like these by playing with the concept of surface.

Surface Exhibition Venues and Dates

June 9 – 12, 2011
Bead&Button Show
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

July 29 – September 17, 2011
Flame Run
Louisville, Kentucky