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International Society of Glass Beadmakers

6:00 -7:30

Sell Your Beads!! Marketing for the Lampwork Artist

Are you selling your beads as a business and want to increase your sales? Or are you a hobbyist wanting to sell your beads but don’t know where to start? Are you struggling with the show circuit or unsure of how to take your beads online? If so, then this presentation is for you! I will discuss some of the simplest and most effective online strategies for getting your work seen by thousands of bead enthusiasts and collectors worldwide and help you find your specific market for your work. Narrowing down your goals, deciding on a plan and taking small steps can lead you to a profitable bead business in less time than you think! I will discuss where the market is heading and how you can be on the forefront of shaping the bead-buying industry in the near future. Join me for this info-packed presentation and let’s take your bead business to the next level! 

4:15 - 5:15 pm

2:30 - 3:15 pm

Snack Break

General Membership meeting
ISGB President Susan Richards
This is a great time to meet the ISGB Board of Directors, ISGB Staff, and the Gathering Team. Hear about the
accomplishments of the year, plans for the future, and, most importantly, have the chance to ask questions, offer
suggestions, and discuss ISGB projects or member concerns. This is an important meeting that members should
not miss.

3:15 - 4:15 pm

How Glass is Made

Glass is a ubiquitous material in modern life. It’s used in windows, tableware, containers, jewelry, and of course much more. In this presentation, you will have the opportunity to learn about the fundamental properties of glass, the basic forms of art glass and their uses, and how art glass is made at Bullseye Glass Company, in Portland, Oregon, USA!

Patty & Marcy’s Guide to Selling Beads & Jewelry in Your PJ’s on Facebook

Is your Etsy shop gathering dust? Tired of lugging a metric ton of beads, bug spray, canopy and heavy weights to a crafts show only to get rained out? Why not consider adding another sales event to your calendar, one where you can sit in the comfort of your own home and hang out on Facebook? You’ve probably heard about social media selling (aka “Comment Selling”), but you may not have a good idea where to start. In this fun-filled presentation Marcy Lamberson and Patty Lakinsmith team up to explain the basics of different types of selling on Facebook, and share their personal experiences selling lampwork beads and jewelry on this platform. While not a detailed “how to”, these beadmakers provide enough information and pointers to get you started in one of the newer types of sales venues.

Kerri Fuhr

12:30 - 1:30 pm

Glass Beads and Mixed Media

Glass has a strong personality. It is beautiful, fascinating and challenging to work with. And because we love working with glass, it can fill our hearts and our creative vision to the exclusion of other materials and techniques. But glass is one material voice among many. Consider the rich and powerful potential harmony to be found when glass beads are combined with other materials and where the sum of the parts may become more brilliant and greater than the whole. Let’s look, together, at some examples of mixed media objects that include glass beads and consider where our creative inspiration may lead us in response.

10:00 - 11:00 am

Corrina Horsell

Caitlin Hyde

Open Torch Experience 2020
Andrew Pollack Live Demonstration and Open Torch Experience

The Evening will start with a live Demonstration by Andrew Pollack. He will be demonstrating his renowned sculptural techniques with dichroic glass, Latticino, and various attachments.

 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 friends and 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 from the bar as well as exciting glass demonstrations.

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 

9:00 - 10:00 am

1:30 - 2:30 pm


11:30 am - 12:30 pm

6:30 -9:00 pm

Commercial and Technical Vendors at the Glass Craft & Bead Expo Show


Patty Lakinsmith/Marcy Lamberson

One of the most exciting things about the Gathering is the opportunity to visit (and shop) with the various
Commercial and Technical Vendors! In 2018, this experience will be expanded to include all of the Vendors
participating in the Glass Craft & Bead Expo. This is a hands-on, one-stop shopping experience where you can
see, touch, and get serious about the tools, glass, and information that you need. The full Gathering registration
fee also gives you access to the Expo!
Friday April 3 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday April 4 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sunday April 5 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Friday, April 3, 2020