Welcome! Membership in the International Society of Glass Beadmakers is open to all. Our membership is varied and includes glass beadmakers working in a variety of media, collectors, jewelry designers, arts educators, historians, and suppliers to the trade.

As a 501(c)3, ISGB has a Board of Directors elected by the membership, with a mission to educate and promote the art of glass beadmaking, preserve the traditions of the art form and encourage the continued renaissance of contemporary glass beadmaking.

Regional Directors represent the membership at a local level. A total of 12 Regional Directors located from Northeast to West, International and Canada, are the liaisons between the ISGB leadership and our members around the world.

Membership dues, fundraising events, and donations help to fund ISGB. The Executive Director, Administrator and a national office serve as the professional staff.

ISGB Memberships are valid for one year from the date you join or renew. One month prior to your membership expiring, you will receive an automatic e-mail reminder. 

The International Society of Glass Beadmakers strives to provide its members with valuable and exclusive benefits.

Individual Level, $65

The largest component of our group, Individual Level membership, is best suited for beadmakers of all skill levels who are hobbyists or sell beads occasionally and artists of other mediums who are interested in our glass community. Individual Level benefits are offered to all member levels and include:   

  • Access to Regional web pages featuring localized news, events, classes and more - "free advertising" by sending information to your RD for your region's page
  • Eligible for substantial discounts on registration for the annual conference, The Gathering
  • Eligible to apply for Gathering scholarships
  • Eligible to sell your beads at the annual Bead Bazaar, one of the largest lampwork/ glass artist-only shows available
  • Eligible to participate in the ISGB Mentorship Program
  • Quarterly Glass Bead Evolution magazine
  • Discounted rate on digital back issues of Glass Bead Evolution and The Glass Bead magazines
  • Listing in the online Membership Directory
    Vendor Discount Program:Participating vendors offer ISGB members various discounts on their products, classes and more
  • ISGB Facebook page - share your photos and news
  • Monthly e-newsletter, Bead Release 
  • Updates from Regional Directors and local ISGB Chapters on related activities
  • Early registration for Gathering workshops
  • Worldwide group exhibition opportunities. 
  • Access to online Members-only forum
  • Special subscription rate offer for Ornament Magazine
  • Special subscription rate offer for Glass Art and The Flow magazines
  • Special rental rate with Alamo Car Rental
  • Special rental rate with National Car Rental
  • Opportunity to apply for a Capital One Platinum credit card featuring artwork from ISGB members

Family Level, $85

Individual Level benefits for two (2) adults and children under 18, living at the same address

Student Level, $40

Individual Level benefits plus:

  • Opportunity to exchange volunteer hours for a registration discount at The Gathering (application required)
  • Reduced rate for pre-conference classes at The Gathering (one student per class)

In order to qualify for the Student membership level, the member must be a current full-time student and provide either a schedule or transcript showing full-time status from accredited institution. To qualify by e-mail, scan the documentation and e-mail to: admin @ isgb . org. (remove spaces in e-mail address)


Lifetime Level, $2000

Individual Level benefits for life, and a special lifetime membership number


Professional Level, $110

If you are a full time beadmaker, teach beadmaking, or sell your beads at least occasionally, this level is for you.

In addition to all the benefits of the Individual Level, you will receive:

  • Listing for business and events on the ISGB website
  • Link from the ISGB website to your own website
  • Professional Level listing on the ISGB website
  • Eligible for access to a special Instructors Only Forum
  • Eligible for Instructor Listing on the ISGB website


Affiliate Level, $150

The Affiliate Level is appropriate for teaching facilities, studios, bead shops, galleries, or publications that feature, exhibit, or sell works by glass beadmakers, as well as private collectors or others who want to support glass art. 

In addition to all the benefits of the Individual and Professional Level, you will receive:

  • Discounted advertising in Glass Bead Evolution magazine with a link to your website
  • Link from the ISGB website to your own website
  • Affiliate listing on the ISGB website
  • Your logo posted on the ISGB Facebook page
  • Eligible to request a variety of printed ISGB material


Corporate Level, $250

If you are a business with glass beadmaking customers and products other than handmade glass beads, this is the place to market your company. You will have the same benefits as Individual, Affilicate, and Professional Level members plus:

  • Link from the ISGB website to your business website
  • Discounted Technical Vendor booth fee for The Gathering  
  • Corporate Level listing on the ISGB website
  • Sponsorship and marketing opportunities  


International Members

International Members have all of the benefits associated with their dues level and, if outside of North America, can apply for an International Scholarship to help offset the expenses of attending The Gathering. There are no extra costs for International Membership. All membership levels are quoted in U.S. Dollars ($).