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Our Mission

The ISGB is the leading organization for the promotion, education, and appreciation of the art of glass beadmaking for wearable, sculptural, and functional art.

Our mission is to preserve the rich and diverse traditions of the art of glass beadmaking and glassworking techniques; promote educational initiatives and professional development; and encourage innovative use of complementary mediums among artists and craftspeople.

We invite you to join us on our journey through collaborative creativity in the worlds of glass and complementary mediums.

 

Frequently Asked Questions


Following are Frequently Asked Questions about the ISGB.

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ISGB History and Charter


Glass beadmaking is an ancient art that has been practiced for more than 3,000 years. Until the latter part of the twentieth century, however, few Americans possessed the technical knowledge to make glass beads. Those few glass artists worked in virtual anonymity and isolation. They used a variety of techniques to create their beads, including lampwork, kiln forming, kiln casting, furnace work, and cold work techniques. The Society of Glass Beadmakers (SGB) was formed in 1993 by a small group of American beadmakers brought together by an exhibit of contemporary glass bead artists at The Bead Museum in Prescott, Arizona.

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ISGB Board and Staff

ISGB Board of Directors

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Regional Directory and Local Chapters


Following is a directory of the regional and local ISGB chapters -

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Banner Image Credits


We would like to thank the extremely talented beadmakers who have submitted images for ISGB use.  We would also like to give credit where credit is due!  To see who made those beautiful beads up there, please see this page.

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Code of Regulations Adopted 1/16/07


ISGB Code of Regulations

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Help Desk


Welcome to the virtual office of your ISGB. Our goal is to help you with any question, concern, compliment, search, or observation. A person will help you find just about anything you need to know about the ISGB or the information contained on this site. Please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and we will respond promptly during business hours, Monday through Friday. Thank you!

 

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