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International Society of Glass Beadmakers

Let’s Get Twisted!
The glass and history of Lauscha, Germany have long inspired the incredible work of Heather Trimlett, particularly with twisted cane, and it has been used in beads practically since the beginning of time. For nearly 25 years, Heather has developed and used designs with diverse textures, distinct application, and juxtaposition of color to create her intricate twist patterns. In this presentation, Heather will show attendees more than they could have ever imagined about twisting glass canes. In brief detail,
she will include: Photos and discussions of ancient canes as far back as Fifth to Third Century B.C.
· Translating canes made in the hot shop to applications on the torch
· Diagrams and demos of cane; from simple to complex
· Using Lauscha striped cane
· Audience participation demonstration of twisting cane…really!

Heather Trimlett

The Fire Within - ISGB President Susan Richards  welcome attendees to the 2018 Gathering and open the conference by sharing the annual vision for the organization.

Thursday April 4, 2019

Kendra Bruno

10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

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


12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

A Study in Excellence: Venetian Glass Beads from the Late-1800’s to the Mid-1900’s
The history of the Venetian Glass Bead industry is a long and glorious tale from its beginnings in the 13th century and continuing to present day. This presentation will focus on a brief history of Venetian bead making and the techniques used to create lamp-worked glass beads in Venice and Murano from mid-1800 to mid-1900. By
examining the design and details employed by the Venetians to produce their beautiful lamp worked glass beads that were exported all over the world, we, asartists, can be inspired by these deep traditions to greater creative height

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.


Holly Cooper

Finding Your Voice in Glass: Pathways to Creating Original Work
How does an artist create work that others recognize as truly original? What does “truly original’ mean? Holly will demonstrate through her own process, how she arrives at work that feels uniquely “her”. By showing
images of the work and her inspirations, attendees will see how she translates the world around her into a visual style that is very personal. From inspiration - to idea - to bead. Practical tips that help the bead maker
channel their own personality and vision into small works of art that rise above the typical. This isn’t about technique as much as it is about how we understand ourselves and the world around us. Technique is merely a means to arrive at that special place where our work is truly our own.

9:30 a.m. - 10:30a.m.

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Stephanie White

9:15 a.m.

A Life Raft for Sales & Marketing Strategies that Fit Your Strengths
Do you know how to play to your strengths? Are you trying to focus on too many things at once and not getting the type of results you need? Are your goals to broaden your audience, put your work in the right hands, and increase sales? What makes ideas memorable and messages stick? Why is word of mouth as effective as traditional advertising? How you represent yourself and your work is part of your life raft for success. This
presentation will help you eliminate stress and feel more confident in how you sell yourself and your work to maximize your productivity and income. Stop wasting valuable time you need to create - gain a better understanding of how to navigate selling, how to propose workshops, and use your time wisely beyond the depths of social media. Learn successful techniques for marketing yourself first, then your work, to encourage and achieve better sales. Kendra will help you think outside the box with professional practices that should be incorporated into every artist’s business model. She’ll provide useful details on how to write effective marketing material, a more thought-provoking artist statement, and review tips for making a stronger, long lasting impression on paper and in person. Maximize the tools you have to better tell your story, promote your work, and SELL!

Karen King

Building Beads with Murrini
With this presentation I will talk about different types of murrini and how to successfully apply them to a bead. I cover murrini that is encased in clear, murrini without clear, and 3D flower murrini. Each style of murrini has a different way to apply it to get the best results.

The annual Silent Auction opens on Thursday, April 6, and closes on Friday, April 5 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.

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

The keynote speaker will begin the Gathering with words of inspiration.

Opening Remarks and Address

Keynote Speaker, Beth Hylen