Handmade Beads in a new context

Each year the International Society of Glass Beadmakers (ISGB) sponsors a number of exhibits. In 2007 they joined with the American Association of Woodturners for a collaborative challenge entitled “Connextions”. Volunteer beadmakers and woodturners were paired together and given several months to come up with a joint piece. Most “couples” made two pieces, one for each participant in the pair to keep. Other entries were for sale.

The submission were part of an exhibit at the Woodturner’s Gallery in Minneapolis, the site of the ISGB’s 2007 annual Gathering (which is an eductional conference). Many of the pieces can be seen here http://picasaweb.google.com/tibshaw/ConneXtionsGallery?authkey=GzxPN8ZE_UI and represent an amazing creative use of both wood and glass.

My partner, Dennis Daudelin of Massachusetts and I complete the “World Peace Bowl”. All of the beads say “peace” – each in a different language. Down the road the group will be sponsoring other collaborative exhibitions. I found this to be a rewarding and challenging undertaking that I will definitely try to do again in the future.

For more info on the ISGB, check out their website, www.isgb.org  Jeri

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Newark Museum: Glass Beads of Ghana

A new exhibition is on its way to the Newark Museum!

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Glass Beads of Ghana
January 30, 2008 – June 15, 2009

Southern Ghana is home to sub-Saharan Africa’s most dynamic and enduring glass bead-making tradition. For over 400 years, Ghanaian bead artists have been producing powder-glass beads from recycled glass to meet local demands of fashion and customary practice. Glass Beads of Ghana, the first exhibition to look closely at this distinctive art form, is drawn largely from The Newark Museum’s own extensive collection, one of the few such collections in the world.

The exhibition focuses primarily on the contemporary creation and use of glass beads in southern Ghana, with an emphasis on recent innovations. Video footage and contextual photographs, along with examples of bead molds and tools, highlight the technological process of making beads. The exhibition also includes a recreation of a Ghanaian market stall, complete with touchable examples of these colorful beads.

Glass Beads of Ghana is based on the extensive field and archival research of Dr. Suzanne Gott of Brandon University in Manitoba, Canada, who has developed the exhibition for The Newark Museum, along with Dr. Christa Clarke, the Museum’s Curator of Africa, the Americas and the Pacific.

Images from top to bottom:
Banner image: (detail) Strands of powder-glass waistbeads, 1980s, Ghana, Krobo artist, recycled glass, photo by Richard Goodbody, Collection of The Newark Museum

Woman dressed for dipo, a ceremony celebrating coming of age, January 2005, Akosambo, Ghana, photo by Christa Clarke, Collection of The Newark Museum

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Urban Glass 2008 Student Exhibition

January 11-18 2008
10:00am – 6:00pm daily
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Featuring work created by 2007 UrbanGlass students:
Claire Beaulieu, Marisa Beutel, Sarah Blumberg, Debbie Kaplan Brindis, Susanna Conaway, Craig Ellison, Shuhei Fujii, Stephanie Sutton Gabriels, Paul Giotopoulos, Dara Hamilton, John Henderson, Judith Hugentobler, Leah Keller, Julianna Kirk, Gail Liner, Amanda Linn, David Matson, Joyce Rosen, Tino Santini, Gloria E. Schuster, Diana Shaller, Rachel Shoham, Vincent Tancredi, Miguel Unson, Fotini Vurgaropulou, Rebecca N. Ward, Jane Yi, Christine Young

The Robert Lehman Gallery @ UrbanGlass
647 Fulton Street (entrance at 57 Rockwell)
Brooklyn, NY 11217
718-625-3689 ext 239
www.urbanglass.org

Getting to UrbanGlass
We are located near the following trains:
B, M, Q, or R (DeKalb Avenue) C (Lafayette Avenue)
2, 3, 4, or 5 (Nevins Street) and G (Fulton Street)