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International Society of Glass Beadmakers

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Floor Kaspers

ISGB President Susan Richards  welcome attendees to the 2020 Gathering and open the conference by sharing the annual vision for the organization.

Get ready… catch your friends from Lampwork Etc. at this casual meet and greet. It’s guaranteed to be a lively event. Pick up an LE sticker for your conference badge, enjoy time in person with your online friends, and make new connections. Start the conference off right with LE and ISGB.

Fixes, Changes and Transformations:

Morphing the Dragon Let’s do some Improv Designing!

This is a pretty flexible demo, and the goal is to end up with a big fancy Dragon Head. But it’s more about the road than the destination — on the way to Dragon, if the glass won’t cooperate, we’ll go with it. If it starts looking like a horse, an eagle, a giraffe, a hairy nosed wombat, we’ll give it a try. If the muzzle’s wonky, we’ll pull it off or change it; if the moustaches mess up, we’ll fake it; if the horns pop off, we’ll figure out how to fix it. This is about how to change your mind mid-stream and save things that go wrong, and never, EVER give your bead the Dreaded Plunge of Death. We’ll dive into the joys of Morphing with ivory, and maybe wind up with a dragon at the end! Facebook: Sharon Lee Peters Web: 

Thursday April 2, 2020

Keynote - Kit Paulson

10:30 - 11:30 am

4:00 - 5:00 pm


12:30 - 2:00 pm

Open to Glass Craft 


Seeing Beads from the Inside Out: Tips on Creating Beads for LED Illumination

We are used to seeing what our beads look like under ambient light, whether that’s sunlight, indoor lighting, or carefully crafted display lighting. Progress in shrinking electronics and batteries means that a LED can now be inserted directly into the hole of a bead made on a standard 3/32” mandrel. This opens up entirely new dimensions in the visual construction and display of a bead. This presentation will provide a quickstart guide to these new dimensions. It will touch briefly on the technology options for illuminating lampwork (for display and for jewelry), then will focus on lampwork construction techniques and considerations for producing compelling illumination effects. The discussion will include properties of various families of soft glass; various approaches to layering and casing; bubbles,voids and texture; obscuration; etching; and interesting interplay between transmitted and reflected light (a.k.a. the “on” and “off” states).

11:30 am - 12:30 pm


Glass and Metal: A Perfect Match!

Metal has long been a dance partner with glass in my creative world, starting with my use of metal components in simple jewelry construction, to collaborative pursuits using traditional metalsmithing, to my exploration of glass on wire, and with electroforming. Like Fred Astaire to Ginger Rogers, the properties of metal, often thin yet strong, can be so complementary to the light shifting allure of glass. Sometimes it plays a supporting role (literally) to glass, and sometimes it rises to the occasion to shine right alongside our favorite medium as a visual design component. Both a bead maker and a jewelry designer, I am always thinking about how my glass components will ultimately be used. How do I engineer the metal and glass to work together? How does hole size affect the usability of my beads? How do I decide what gauge and type of wire to use in my headpins and charms, and what does that mean for the jewelry designers who use them? How do I take a simple glass component and transform it using electroforming? Using the framework of my 16 year creative journey with glass, I will explore the many ways that metal has enhanced my glass work, and the subtle ways that working with these two materials affects my work rhythm and process. I will be demonstrating making a complex glass headpin on a wire loop which serves as the base for my totem pendants.

Brooke Hamling

9:30 - 10:30 am

Luminar Glass Products

For the past 30 years, Luminar Glass Products and its parent company ZIRCAR Refractory Composites, Inc. has been making tools for artists who work in glass and bronze. We have created state of the art materials for bead making, mold making and fusing. We have worked with artists like Leslie Rowe-Israelson and Melanie Rowe to refine our materials and enhance each artists experience. Our presentation will include an in-depth description of our materials and what makes them unique (light weight, strong, reusable, ect.) and a demonstration regarding how to use them. 

2:00 - 3:00 pm

Patty Lakinsmith

9:15 am


Kristen Kearns

5:15 pm

Relaxation Area

The annual Silent Auction opens on Thursday, April 2, and closes on Friday, April 3 at 4:00 pm. This is an
important event for the organization and its fundraising efforts. As a bidder, this is a fun-filled way to help
support all ISGB programs. Lunch is on your own.

3:00 - 4:00 pm

Stories from lampworkers around the world!

A torch fueled by kerosene, smashed glass used from old bottles, extremely soft glass worked on a bunsen burner, hand pulled glass rods from a cooking wok, 2 inch beads made without a kiln.…Different countries, different traditions, different glass and different methods. Examples from India, Indonesia, China, Japan, Venice and the Czech Republic will be shown. From production workers making 20 beads on a mandrel as fast as they can, to artists who have found their own techniques in making glass art when there was no one to teach them. The presentation will discuss the differences, but also look at what we all share, as lampworkers around the world…

Look for Free Lunch Coupons in your registration Packet

Lampwork etc.  Get Together

Opening Remarks and Address

Sharon Peters

Kit received her BFA with a concentration in glass from Alfred University in 2004 and has been working in glass continuously since then. She has taught at Penland School of Craft as well as numerous other private glass studios. In 2015 Kit completed the Rosenberg Residency at Salem State University and a residency at the Tacoma Museum of Glass. She has received scholarships from Pilchuck Glass School, Corning Museum of Glass, Pittsburgh Glass Center, The Windgate Foundation, Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass and the Glass Art Society. Her work has been published in New Glass Review editions 36, 37 and 38. In September 2018 she began a three-year residency at Penland School of Craft.