Events & Awards
Our Annual Conference -The Gathering
The ISGB holds an annual conference to bring together an international community of glass bead artists and enthusiasts. The conference, called "The Gathering", is an occasion to become involved in the glass world and make valuable contacts.
There is a wide variety of events at the conference to satisfy many interests. It is an opportunity for attendees to network with each other, gallery owners, collectors, technical vendors, and suppliers. It also gives technical vendors an opportunity to showcase new equipment, tools, supplies, and glass. Through demonstrations, lectures, panel discussions, and more, attendees can learn new techniques and business skills to further their glass bead knowledge.
Registration is open to all; however being a member of the ISGB gives you the opportunity for early registration.
The Hall of Flame Award is extremely special to our organization.
Beginning in 2002, the ISGB has given this award annually to long-term members of the ISGB whose contributions deserve special recognition.
Whether it is for education, advancement of the field, support of the art form through glass and tool development, leadership, volunteerism, support of artists, support of the ISGB, wealth of knowledge, a positive community image of a beadmaker and/or beadmaking, or a spirit of sharing knowledge and expertise, the Hall of Flame Award sets a standard of excellence in our world of glass beadmaking.
Since 2007, each president of the ISGB has selected work by various glass artists to reside in a permanent exhibition, known as “The President’s Collection”, at the Corning Museum of Glass. Each president chose the work based on the artist's style, design, technique, aesthetics, and contribution to the ISGB and the glass community.
ISGB has proudly sponsored group exhibitions to promote the art of glass beadmaking and its members. These exhibits have traveled the world and have been featured at many of our annual conferences, "The Gathering". With your support, we can continue to bring opportunities to our members.