Kris Schaible has been melting glass since 2004. Growing up in Central Pennsylvania, Kris was taught the love of all art forms by her father and grandmother at an early age. Kris is mostly self-taught, but has also studied with some very well respected lampwork artists, as she sets a path to achieve her own personal style. Kris has written several tutorials, had her work published in books and magazines, and travels to teach 1, 2 and 3 day classes. The tool side of Kris’s business is, where she and husband John produce a line of tools.

On this webpage you will find a number of glass resources from our region. First there are the official ISGB chapters and other unofficial groups. If you have information you would like to share on this page or in the monthly regional email, please send it to me at the email address above. If you have an article you would like to write for the new version of the Bead Release, please email me.

Chapter/Group Listings:

3 Rivers Glass Beadmakers -
Official ISGB Chapter
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Leslie Kaplan, President

Mike Mangiafico, Vice President

Cathy Burchell, Treasurer

Ann Steenkiste, Secretary

Mid-Atlantic Glass and Fire -
Official ISGB Chapter
Silver Springs, Maryland
Pat Baker, President
Lisa St. Martin, Vice-President
Julie Stevenson, Treasurer
Julie Delaney, Secretary

Virginia Firebirds -
Official ISGB Chapter
Lorton, Virginia
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Kathryn Lagassey, President
Terry D’Addio and Julie Bahun, Co Vice-Presidents
Barbara Bisker, Treasurer
Cheryl Peasley, Secretary


Glass Stock East
Millville, New Jersey
Carlisle School of Glass
(yearly event) - will post 2016 dates soon
Facebook - 

A Retreat to encourage sharing and love of soft glass artists. There is no jury or invitation to attend, the only requirement is you must be willing to have a good time, share and learn openly, be willing to laugh around the campfire every night and enjoy the friendship that will form. NEW LOCATION FOR 2016, rEADING, PA. May 11-15, 2016.
Teaching Facilities:

The teaching facilities listed here are larger multi-station facilities that bring nationally and internationally recognized artists in to teach. If what you are looking for instead is a good quality instructor, who has received ISGB instructor training, and may be willing to offer one-on-one instruction in a small studio setting go to this link

Virtue Flame Works
Rockville, Maryland
The Glass Resort
6836C English Way
Frederick, Maryland

New Jersey

Carlisle School of Glass
412 South Wade Blvd.
Millville, New Jersey
(800) 922-1167
JeriBeadsParticipant in ISGB Vendor Discount Program
West Orange, New Jersey
(973) 325-3848 
Jubili Beads and Yarns an ISGB Affiliate Member
713 Haddon Ave.
Collingswood, New Jersey
(856) 858-7844
Banana Factory
25 W. Third Street
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
(610) 332-1300

201 Washington Street
Reading, Pennsylvania
(610) 374-4600

Pittsburgh Glass Centeran ISGB Affiliate Member
5472 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
(412) 365-2145

Touchstone Center for Crafts 
1049 Wharton Furnace Road 
Farmington, Pennsylvania 15437 
(724) 329-1370 
(800) 721-0177

Lampworking Suppliers/Services:

New Jersey
Jubili Beads and Yarns – an ISGB Affiliate Member
Collingswood, New Jersey 

Bethlehem Burners an ISGB Corporate Member
890 Front Street - Participant in ISGB Vendor Discount Program
Hellertown, Pennsylvania
(610) 838-7034

Kris Schaible/Noodlesaurus – 
Participant in ISGB Vendor Discount Program
Palmerton, Pennsylvania or

Leonardo Lampworkan ISGB Corporate Member
Indiana, Pennsylvania - Participant in ISGB Vendor Discount Program 

Wale Apparatus – an ISGB Corporate Member
400 Front Street
Hellertown, Pennsylvania
(800) 334-9253 

Weaver Industries, ISGB Corporate Member
PO Box 326
Denver, Pennsylvania
(717) 336-7507
Double Helix Glasswork an ISGB Corporate Member
1984 Snow Point Lane - Participant in ISGB Vendor Discount Program
Charlottesville, Virginia 22902
(360) 754-9555 

Other Types of Suppliers/Services:

Best Bead Showan ISGB Affiliate Member
PO Box 4
Broomall, Pennsylvania
(610) 909-2674
Other Affiliate & Corporate Members:
New Jersey
Brodsky Beads – an ISGB Affiliate Member 
Haddonfield, New Jersey