Gathering XXVIII -2020 Memorabilia

 Commemorative Bead

Leah Nietz has been working with glass for 17 years. She is a mostly self taught artist with the exception of an 8 hour intro to lampwork class at The Bead Factory in Tacoma, WA, a murini class with Gini Behrendt in Toledo, OH, a few private hot shop lessons with Eli Lipman at Gathered Glass in Toledo, OH and “Goblets” with master glass artist Igor Balbi at The Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, NY.

Until 2018 her main focus was wearable, lampwork glass beads and vessels. She is now dabbling with larger blowing projects with hopes of creating lighting, tableware and furniture.

 Leah Nietz draws much of her inspiration for her glass from nature and happy accidents. Friend and fellow artist, Gini Behrendt, once advised her to “Never waste a good piece of glass.” She has carried that advice throughout her career creating flowers from would be vessels and discovering the grand optical illusions unique to glass. Many of her designs are improvisations on pieces that did not go according to plan “There are no mistakes in art. Only opportunities to change your perspective.”

Commemorative beads will be available during registration for $75.

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Leah Nietz

International Society of Glass Beadmakers