Sunday, July 27, 2014

My adventures at the ISGB Gathering in Houston, TX

This year the ISGB (International Society of Glass Beadmakers) annual Gathering was held in Houston Texas. This was the first time I have been to Houston and was really looking forward to seeing the city. The Gathering was held at the Regency Hyatt Hotel downtown, so there was not much in the way of shopping, but I was able to get a ride to a local boot store and take the light rail to a funky eclectic shop nearby.  Since there was so many things happening at the meeting that I hardly noticed that I did not see much of Houston.
All of the talks and demos at this Gathering were fantastic, my head is spinning with inspiration and new techniques to try. I got to hang out with friends and fellow beadmakers, and made some new friends too. I was really excited to see my piece that was excepted into the RAD exhibit among some really amazing work by other artists. The whole experience was incredible and it will take my brain some time to process all of it.

I took a photography class with Doug Baldwin to learn how to take better photos of my jewelry for submitting to shows and exhibits. This is a photo Doug took of one of my pendants. He made it look so easy and inspired me to practice and practice to get the best photos.

My Cowboy/girl hat in the Beads of Courage display that will be kept in the local children's hospital for everyone to see. I feel so honored to have one of my beads there.
Sharon Peter's chicken wearing boots and a hat.
Marcy Lamberson's cowboy riding a chicken
Another view

Beads of Courage presenting the ISGB with an award.

Some of the work from the Pendant Exhibit
Pendants by Marg Karg who is part of my East Central Region.
My table at the Bead Bazaar. 

Partial room shot of the Bead Bazaar.

One of my favorite necklaces that sold.
My piece that was excepted into the RAD exhibit.

Me and my roommate Sue Angell
My bead exchange haul.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Show Schedule

This year is already half over and I have been busier than normal. I have been making new designs with my beads and jewelry and working with more metals. I have finally gotten the information about the upcoming shows that I will be in and I hope to see you there.

July 19th
The ISGB Gathering Bead Bazaar
Hyatt Regency Houston
1200 Louisiana Street, Houston, TX 77002
Admission $5.00 per person
For more information, please visit

July 25 and 26
Sounds and Sights Festival
Downtown Chelsea, MI

August 2
Holland's 45th Annual Art in the Park
Holland's Centennial Park, Holland Michigan

August 23 and 24
The Corner Brewery
720 Norris St, Ypsilanti, MI 48198
Friday 11-11pm
Saturday 12-6pm

Here is a little teaser of the newest bangles I have been making: