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International Society of Glass Beadmakers
Gathering 2019 Memorabilia - Commemorative Bead
The 2019 Commemorative Bead created by
Joy Munshower is available for purchase by
conference registrants only at the price of
$100. Pre-orders will be taken during online
registration and beads will be delivered at
the conference in Las Vegas.
Joy Munshower graduated from San Jose
State University with a degree in Design with
an emphasis in Ceramic Studio Practices.
After college, she lived in Germany for a few
years, explored most of central Europe and
the United Kingdom and then returned to
graduate studies at CSU Fresno for Sculpture
specializing in lost-wax bronze casting.
Joy spent most of her twenties as a professional
sculptor selling her bronze wildlife
sculptures through the Nature Company,
Natural Wonders and Nature Crafts. Those
contracts were completed in conjunction
with Joe Vaca of Honor Excellence in San
For more than 20 years Joy worked in the
construction and interior design industry...
selling and designing spaces installing tile,
stone, granite, cabinets, doors, hardwood
flooring and millwork. She also consults
part-time as an interior designer specializing
in hard surfaces. Joy has also worked for
numerous tile distributors and manufacturers
over the years, her most recent employer
being Fireclay Tile in Northern California. Joy
worked as Fireclay’s Head Production Artist
and Tile Designer sculpting and designing
numerous tile lines.
Joy started working in glass in April 2011 but
was fascinated with glass long before she
took her first bead-making class. Currently
Joy works predominantly in “soft glass”
creating nature and wildlife inspired beads as
those themes have always been her passion.
She works in low relief (bas relief) style
similar to the type of tiles she used to design
and sculpt. In 2019 Joy plans to experiment
more with borosilicate glass to design a line
of larger-scale wildlife sculptures.