The ISGB is the leading organization for the promotion, education, and appreciation of the art of glass beadmaking for wearable, sculptural, and functional art.

Our mission is to:

  • Preserve the rich and diverse traditions of the art of glass beadmaking and glassworking techniques
  • Promote educational initiatives and professional development
  • Encourage innovative use of complementary mediums among artists and craftspeople

We invite you to join us on our journey through collaborative creativity in the worlds of glass and complementary mediums.


In 1993, a small group of glass beadmakers gathered at an exhibit of contemporary glass beads sponsored by The Bead Museum in Prescott, Arizona. During this meeting, they established an organization dedicated to promoting the growth and recognition of glass beadmaking.  The goal of this organization was to facilitate communication and mentoring among members, and educate the public about the process of beadmaking and the artistic value of glass beads.  Thus was born the Society of Glass Beadmakers.

The organization grew rapidly, surpassing 400 members in its first five years.  Beadmakers formed regional groups, and members joined from various countries. Gatherings took place annually, furthering the mission of the SGB.  Ten years later, the organization became known as the International Society of Glass Beadmakers.

Here are a few historical facts about the ISGB.

 Corporate, Affiliate, and Professional Members

ISGB Corporate Members

ISGB Affiliate and Professional Members

A local chapter can bring the heart of the International Society of Glass Beadmakers closer to you.   ISGB has members all over the globe and they welcome you to join them.  To learn more about all our chapters including an interactive map to locate the chapter closet to you, chapter updates and ways for you to form a new chapter visit the link below or contact operations@isgb.org.

We are beadmakers supporting beadmakers and at our best when together.