Hillary Gross to Teach at Innovative Bead Shows

Our Own Hillary

Our Own Hillary

Our Own Hillary

I took a look at the website for the Innovative Bead Shows (they do some local shows in Mt. Laurel and Edison) and was surprised and delighted to see our own Hillary Gross will be teaching at some of the shows.  Below is the profile and pictures from the “Classes” page:

“Hillary Gross Hillary is new to the Innovative Bead shows but not to the beading community. Her involvement in the art world started as a young child, attending fine arts school at age 8. Her years of needle work and eye for color are evident in her meticulous work. Her great inter-personal skills and desire to help others shows in her teaching. She has taken numerous classes from some of the top artists in the beading and PMC® community. Always learning something new, she loves to pass on great tips and techniques to her students. Hillary has multiple certifications in PMC®. She currently works and teaches at Blue Water Beads in Manasquan, NJ. She also teaches at other venues in the Tri-state area and is currently the program co-chair for The Bead Society of New Jersey.”

Hillary will teach at the following Innovative shows:

Egg Harbor, January

Tarrytown, April

Allentown, June

Edison, August

Mt. Laurel, October

workshop_24_p11 PMC® Intro – Textured Pendant


XOXO Pearl Bracelet


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

Newark Museum: Glass Beads of Ghana

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


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


Urban Glass 2008 Student Exhibition

January 11-18 2008
10:00am – 6:00pm daily
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

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)

Turn glass beads into gifts – quickly!

I’m sure we are all up to our eyeballs preparing last minute gifts for family and friends – I know I am.  For future reference, there are some really good websites out there that offer help in turning beads (handmade or commercial) into lovely gifts of jewelry or home accessories. One of my favorite such sites is www.mcduckcreations.com which is the work of artist Mary Poineal.  Mary is a talented beadmaker, but her true flare is in the many many many amazing findings she has designed and had cast for her in silver. Check out the  versatile ways that beads can be displayed. I use a great many of Mary’s necklace findings to turn beads into jewelry. Because they have themed tops, you can really tie a pendant with a bale (or is it bail?) into an overall design.  I love her rings, and Mary is very flexible about giving you the combinations of finding and little screw on top that works best for you!

Another great site is www.karenthomas.us. Here is where you can find those beadable pens, letter openers and canape knives. In addition to selling on the web, both Karen and Mary sell at several major shows and so I have seen their merchandise first hand and can attest to its quality.

On a final note, the new Bead and Button catalogue arrived in my mail today, and registration for the show in Milwaukee in June opens January 15, 2008. It is worth getting just for the drool potential. If you have even a slight chance of getting to this show, check out the over 500 classes that have been amassed this year. It is truly incredible. I’m half-hoping they don’t fill my classes just so I can take some offered by other teachers!!  If you can’t attend in person, at least consider entering the Bead Dreams competition. www.beadandbuttonshow.com

I wish you all a happy and healthy holiday and a HAPPY NEW YEAR! Jeri