International Society of Glass Beadmakers


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

Put a Bird on It!

The Relentless Journey of a Glass Passion

Alexx Cheng, Special Guest Presenter


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

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

3D Design: With and WITHOUT a Computer

The Art of Building a Desired Brand

Often, beadmakers fall into the trap of repeating the beads taught to them and originality can be tossed aside. Throughout this presentation you will learn how to begin thinking beyond the copied bead. What questions to ask in order to get the creative process flowing: Am I an artist or artisan? How can I change what I learned to make it my own creation? How different is my work from what I was taught in class: generic vs original. The end result is hopefully a signature bead. The presenter will show examples of her own work and discuss the experimental
process to ultimately achieving a good final result.

Tracy Matthews & Robin Kramer — Flourish & Thrive Academy

Location: Vito’s and Silverado

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

What If? A Guide to Creating Original Beads

Andrew Pollack

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

Color is a large part of design, together with form and texture. Understanding how colors work with and against one another can help achieve more hits than misses in your design work! The presenter will walk you through some
basic color theory and composition rules to help you better understand how these well founded guidelines can make a difference. Understand how to ”paint” with glass in the flame, creating miniature images incorporating these important and creative color theories and composition rules.

Julie Couch

Over the past 20 years, this presenter has built a very successful career as an artist by literally “putting a bird on it.” See how he makes his detailed bird sculptures and where he draws his inspiration. Hear about his preference for borosilicate glass in his work and understand some of the differences between sculpting with soft glass vs. sculpting with borosilicate. Explore, through a video demonstration, some of the techniques that go into making smaller birds and their addition to a larger sculpture. This presentation will take you full circle as you will see many of the techniques used are really basic to beadmaking as well!

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Strictly by accident, experience how our Special Guest Presenter started his journey from humble beginnings in discovering glass. Over the long course of his life, he progressed to what is now a mega-production facility catering to the largest jewelry company in the world. Follow all of the twists and turns, hits and misses, homemade “gadgets,” and tricks and tools. Learn the secrets of his improvising, just to make certain day-to-day things would work. Through heartfelt gratitude for the unbelievable opportunities in his life, hear the end result of his life’s journey, which has culminated in his strong desire to pay back the world in as many ways as possible. 

The Bead as Your Canvas: 8 Steps to Better Composition

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Flourish & Thrive Academy began as a solution to a problem many emerging designers face: how do you build desirable brand that everyone is talking about and become profitable in the process? Through their online courses, private community and top rated podcast, they’re supporting tens of thousands in the jewelry industry. Excitement and momentum lead to consistent sales for your brand. Tracy and Robin will discuss the 3 vital strategies that build desire and attract lifelong brand advocates and raving fans. Walk away with a crystal clear roadmap for gaining more exposure and sales for your brand.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

How can glass and mixed-media artists use and benefit by the new advances in metal clay and 3D printing? This presenter will help to demystify the hype and help you understand the problems and challenges. Several new innovations will inspire you to use metal clay in the creation of your art…through its use in molds for original designs in lampworking and metal clay in combination with other materials. You won’t want to miss this new exploration!

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Bill Struve

Susan Hood

1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.