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Laura Donefer will offer up her perspective on life, art, and living with glass.

The 2018 Special Guest Presenter is Kathleen Elliot, a significant contemporary flameworker from Northern California. Kathleen’s career has veered from hairdresser to high tech and from spiritual expansion to botany. Her Natural Botanical series celebrates the beauty of nature and urges us to pause and appreciate the world
around us, whereas her Imaginary Botanical series brings us out of the confines of ordinary realities into unexpected places. Kathleen will share with us her upcoming work on her series entitled Questionable Foods that pokes at us to be responsible for ourselves and to question what we are eating in a challenge to the food industry and its ethical obligations to its consumers. After a lifelong spiritual journey and study of philosophy Kathleen will talk about the personal origins and evolution of her glass art and her recent drive to use her work to speak about and impact an important social issue. In addition to her presentation, Kathleen’s work will be on display on the Glass
Craft & Bead Expo show floor in the booth of Frantz Art Glass

Kristen Frantzen Orr & Jelveh Jaferian

ISGB President Susan Richards and Conference Director Kendra Bruno welcome attendees to the 2018 Gathering
and open the conference by sharing the annual vision for the organization.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Monumental Eras in Glass Bead History

Panel Presentation (NEW for 2018)

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

4:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

Open Torch in Las Vegas is a diverse, and multi-faceted event. Enjoy a casual atmosphere of sharing information with torch, kiln, glass, and other equipment representatives; and as the evening progresses, catch up with friendand make new acquaintances as Glass Craft & Bead Expo attendees join in the fun! This is also a great time to reinforce
lessons learned in a workshop or try a new technique. Enjoy a beverage bar as well as exciting glass demonstrations.

Karina Guevin and Cedric Ginart will be featured demonstrators for the evening. Individually known as established glass artists, their collaborative works reveal both their individual voices and the resultant harmony of their joined efforts. Karina’s training as a glass artist and sculptor is brought to bear in her glass sculpture and transformative
jewelry that celebrates femininity, sensuality and happiness. Cedric’s fascination with glass was born during his studies in the sciences and work as a scientific glassblower. Together Karina and Cedric have taught many places including The Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass, The Pilchuk Glass School and the Pratt School in Seattle. Their work is shown widely in Canada and internationally.
Please note: Torches will be set up and open for anyone to use with, as in previous years, 30-minute time limits, which will be enforced as needed. Open Torch is for testing equipment and not for making specific pieces that you intend to keep. No pieces can by kiln-fired or picked up the next day. Please bring your own safety glasses and any tools that you might need when experiencing a new torch.


12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Makers make stuff. Then one day a maker wonders, “How am I ever going to sell all the stuff I make?” Let’s face it, bead shows are contracting and bead stores evaporating. This panel of “makers” will offer three alternative venues for selling your beads and finished work and talk you through the process of making it happen. Curious about catalog sales? Fearful about the ZAPP application used by major juried art shows? Join this trio for an honest discussion of their experiences and get practical advice that will ignite your interest in finding new sales outlets for your work



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

Our Keynote speaker this year will be the prominent and celebrated glassartist Laura Donefer. Using glass as her primary medium for over 35 years, often in unconventional ways and in combination with diverse materials,
Laura is known for her non-traditional approach to the material. 


Heather Trimlett, Judy Carlson, and Ellie Cesario

​"Out of the Box” Sales Opportunities

Birds of a Feather: the Give and Take and Rewards of Collaborating

Reservation deadline: March 5
Experience the magic of the Neon Museum at night! View the fabulous neon of our seven restored signs, and our beautifully and dramatically lit un-restored signs on your evening tour. In 2012 the Neon Museum Boneyard opened at 770 Las Vegas Boulevard North. The nearly two-acre campus includes an outdoor exhibition space, known as the Boneyard, which features more than 200 signs, seven of which are restored; a visitors’ center housed inside the former La Concha Motel lobby; and the Neon Boneyard North Gallery, which houses additional rescued signs and is used for weddings, special events, photo shoots and educational programs. As the Neon Boneyard is an outdoor collection, all scheduled tours are subject to cancellation due to inclement weather such as high winds over 25 mph or lightning. Please note that tours are seldom canceled for rain. The yard contains broken glass and rusty metal and closed toe shoes are recommended. PRICE INCLUDES: Deluxe motor coach transportation; professional tour guide; admission to Boneyard; guided night tour of Boneyard, all gratuities; all applicable taxes.

Neon Boneyard Night Tour

Birds of a Feather: the Give and Take and Rewards of Collaborating“Birds of a Feather” is a collaborative presentation by Jelveh Jaferian andKristen Frantzen Orr, detailing a bit about their own work, workspaces, and
working styles; and then about how they came together to collaborate ontwo different series so far. Each artist learned to combine her own visionwith that of the other, in essence making the collaborative work a third
entity. The two will talk about how ideas flew and then beads flew backand forth between studios located in two different states; technical issues, such as bird heads that insisted onflying off in reheating accidents; and other funny and honest happenings that occurred. They both agree that the process of collaborating enabled them to combine strengths and to grow in new directions.

6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

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

Location: Vito’s and Silverado

Kathleen Elliot, Special Guest Presenter

2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Rashan Jones

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

Tom Holland

Open Torch Experience 2018

7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Organic Marketing for Makers in a Digital Age

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

3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

Rashan Jones has been a professional flameworker and maker for 15 years. Just as he was beginning his career path, social media and digital platforms began to appear as well. For him, every day it seems like a new avenue to share his work pops up; MySpace, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram for example. Thankfully, he has been able to
use them as a positive resource to build a brand and help push his work and travels further than he could have ever imagined. He enjoys sharing his experience and journey down the wormhole of exposure vs profitability with fellow glass workers and makers.

Opening Remarks and Address

Keynote Speaker, Laura Donefer

Glass Art and the Food We Eat

The last 40 years have seen an explosion of interest in expression through the medium of glass bead making. Presently a glass bead renaissance is now well under way. This presentation will guide us through many of the most monumental eras of glass bead history throughout the world in the last 3,500 years. We will enrich our paths
as glass bead makers with the ever expanding knowledge from new information and research of ancient glass.