We are the ISGB, and we invite you to join us.



The mission of the ISGB is to preserve the rich and diverse traditions of the art of glass bead making and glass working techniques; promote educational initiatives and professional development; and encourage innovative use of complementary media among artists and craftspeople.



Announcing the Bead and Button Marketplace Scholarship Recipient

Mary Bush

Each year one artist is chosen to paricipate in the Bead and Button show for the first time without the exspense of a booth fee.

Open to all ISGB members.


 Registration is OPEN!

We invite you to join us at the 2020 Gathering in Las Vegas.

Register: for the 2020 Gathering HERE . Sign up for ISGB workshops and make your hotel reservations.
Hotel Booking: During registration or call 866-791-7626 and use the booking group code ISG2020

January 2020 Challenge ABR

Join our Member Creativity Challenges

Our members share inspiration and their artistic journey in non-competitive challenges.   Prizes are drawn randomly and supported by our members.  Thank you ABR Imagery for your generous January donation!

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Are you ready for the ISGB annual conference, known as "The Gathering"?

We are at our best when we meet in person to network, take classes, watch presentations, gather with old friends, and meet new ones!

The Gathering

Here's a Sneak Peek at the 2020 Schedule

Tues - 3/31

  • Pre-conference Workshops

Wed - 4/1

  • Daytime: Pre-conference Workshops
  • Evening: Opening Reception and Bead Swap

Thurs - 4/2

  • Presentations - inspiration and education!

Fri - 4/3

  • Daytime: Presentations
  • Evening: Open Torch - live demos; try out the torches!

Sat - 4/4

  • Daytime: Glass, Bead, and Jewelry Bazaar on the GlassCraft Show floor
  • Evening: Banquet, Awards, and Live Auction

Sun - 4/5

  • Presentations and Closing Remarks






Digital Magazine



Glass Bead Evolution is a magazine created by beadmakers for beadmakers, and is inclusive of other mediums. Every issue features a complementary medium while maintaining an emphasis on glass.

Glass Bead Evolution provides its readership robust content that includes insight into artists' private worlds, tours of fascinating venues, tips and techniques for both glass and complementary mediums, a showcase of exquisite work, and reviews of tools, materials, tutorials, and books.


Back issues are available.