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My Journey through Two Worlds of Glass

Instagram is visual and experiential—a perfect showcase for artwork without the verbiage of a website like Facebook. But how can we as glassworkers take this platform and turn it into sales? The presenter will examine and explain the pros and cons of an app that is based toward the smart phone industry, how to reach customers and keep their interest, how to caption your work so you don’t lose interest and gain hits, and how to follow through to an actual and immediate cash sale. And yes, there will be a discussion on hashtags, too!

Barbara Becker Simon

ISGB President Jeri Warhaftig and Executive Director Kendra Bruno welcome attendees to the 2017 Gathering
and open the conference by sharing the annual vision for the organization.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Iconic Beads in Glassmaking History

Heather Behrendt

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.


The Business Side to Social Media: Taking Your Sales to Instagram

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

How many of us have started our artistic journey with a pencil and sketchpad? Why not go back to our roots and translate our sketches into stylized beads with depth? In this presentation, understand how the combination of fine stringer with clear encasement is used to make layers of drawings much like cell animation is used to create a scene or tell a story. This technique and style can be used with many different subjects. Explore the prep work, such as sketching out your ideas, deciding how much detail is needed to convey your story, breaking down the subject
into simple shapes, and preparing an assortment of stringer. A demonstration will show how to put it all together
using fine stringer control along with how to fix and disguise the inevitable mistakes.

“My opinion is that the mind of a scientist is the same as that of an artist, both creating something new and reaching for the unknown. I am excited to work with scientists, as they are going to help our world and I want to be a part of that. I am also excited to work with artists and to create my own art, helping to create a new vision and thought.”

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

For many glassworkers the divide between art glass and scientific glass is wide — but not for Sally Prasch. She lives in that chasm between scientific glass blowing and art glass, mixing the two together in a beautiful and practical world grounded in science yet inspired by creativity. To fully understand Sally’s relationship with glass, it is important to understand her journey because it shaped her, not only as a glassworker but also as a human being.


Telling a Story with Stringer

Glass and Silver Metal Clay: Let Me Count the Ways

Fine silver metal clay and glass LOVE each other. Metal clay is a friendly medium to learn and for the beadmaker it can shoot the level of your work into the stratosphere! Discover the many ways that glass in all its forms can be combined with fine silver metal clay, and not just by simply stringing a lampworked bead next to a metal clay component! Understand how to paint metal clay slip onto the surface of glass, give new life to a beloved broken bead, and make it into a beautiful pendant. Eighteen different techniques to combine these two materials will be illustrated with many fantastic finished pieces. Sources and how-to’s will also be discussed in this dynamic presentation.

5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Location: Vito’s and Silverado

Hannah Rosner

See how this artist creates a complex bee cane from antenna, wings and body to combining them into one incredible image. The technique involves multiple steps including layering color to create an image, pulling shapes, pulling even and uneven diameter cane, bringing hot pieces out of the kiln and assembling them to form the image, and finally pulling the cane small enough for use on beads. The presenter works mostly in 104 COE glass, but as you will learn, this process can be done in any COE glass.

1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Lezlie Foster

8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Floor Kaspers, International Presenter

For more information about Sally and her work, visit her website at

Stephanie White

The Art of the Honeycomb

Registered attendees and  individuals who have purchased companion food passes are welcome to join us for a light lunch.

2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Follow along with this creative presenter as we seek the answer to the question, “How does she make those?” Putting together pieces of glass cane is nothing new. It has been done in a hundred different ways, from kiln to flame and blown to solid, with designs that vary as widely as the creator’s vision. This presentation will
demonstrate exactly how the artist brings together several different techniques to achieve the look of these amazing honeycombs. Background and history on the inspiration for these pieces as well as honeybees and the uses of honey and pollen will also be included.

Although she works (and plays) in the world of glass, Sally’s love for life overflows into her hobbies. She looks to
nature for both inspiration and relaxation. “I really like to grow things, and if I was not into glass, I think I would be
a farmer.”

Opening Remarks and Address

Keynote Speaker, Sally Prasch

Single Session, Multi-Pull Complex Murrine

Chevron beads, eye beads, and millefiori beads are just a few examples of iconic beads that have been created in glass for centuries. How were they made in ancient times, and how are they made today? Why have these beads
been so important in beadmaking history? Who made them, and why? This presentation will focus on the stories and the techniques of some of history’s most famous beads. Explore Ancient China through Renaissance in Venice
and end up in modern lampworking studios around the world. By learning how these iconic beads are made, you can add your own version to the impressive line-up of beadmakers who have created before you.