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The Gathering XXVI Commemorative Bead  by 

​Heather Trimlett


Gathering Commemorative Bead is available to conference attendees only via pre-order. Beads must be picked up at the Gathering. Any beads not picked up will be sold to someone else and NO REFUND will
be offered.

Gathering 2018 Memorabilia - Commemorative Bead

Heather Trimlett is a highly respected international instructor, flameworking artist, and a recipient of the ISGB’s distinguished Hall of Flame Award. Her knowledge of glass bead- making is extensive, shaped by over 25 years at the torch. Heather’s work approaches perfection and pushes the envelope in shape and form.    “You would think I was inspired by color when you look at my work, but often my big- gest pleasure comes from the technical challenge. As with most things, simple is hard to do well and I am a perfectionist. Every bead I make has something in it I’ve tried to do better than the last. I love the bright energy of primary colors and hope I will always be as vibrant and enthusiastic as those colors are.” Heather’s first attempt at beadmaking was in 1989 when the American glass bead movement was in its infancy. By 1992 she had a torch and in 1993, attended her first SGB  Gathering in Prescott, Arizona. Since teaching her first class in 1994, Heather has packed classrooms around the world. She is a natural instructor—encouraging, demonstrative and patient. The questions from her students
make her study each and every move of her hands or the position of her glass in the flame; she loves knowing and understanding the work and the glass so well. A born problem solver, Heather has designed tools to make her glass beadmaking easier, coveted by her many students. Her passion for sharing knowledge is indefatigable. She loves making beads and has no intention of slowing down. That is great news for all who admire and collect her work. This Commemorative Bead is available for purchase by conference registrants only at the price of $100. Preorders will be taken during online registration and beads will be delivered at the conference in Las Vegas.