52nd Annual Seminar on Glass
Beads: Life, Trade, Ritual
October 18-19, 2013
This year's Annual Seminar on Glass, presented in a new two-day format, discusses beads and beaded objects created throughout glass history and from all parts of the world.
Seminar will feature lectures and live demonstrations focused around the topics represented in the Museum's 2013 major exhibition, Life on a String: 35 Centuries of the Glass Bead. This unique exhibition explores glass beads created and used by diverse cultures across the globe and throughout history. It explores the use of glass beads for fashion and ornament, as symbols of power and wealth, as traded goods, and as objects used in ritual ceremonies.
Speakers and demonstrators include Robert Liu, founder and co-editor of Ornament magazine; renowned beadmaker and teacher Kristina Logan; Ralph Mossman and Mary Mullaney of Heron Glass; beadwork scholar Alice Scherer; bead scholar Karlis Karklins; Christopher DeCorse, professor of anthropology at Syracuse University; Michele Majer, assistant professor of clothing and textiles at Bard Graduate Center; and from The Corning Museum of Glass, curator of modern glass Tina Oldknow and flamework artist Caitlin Hyde.
Seminarians will also have an opportunity to make their own glass bead (included in price of Seminar), experiencing first-hand the intricate process of creating a miniature masterpiece.
See images from the 51st Annual Seminar on Glass
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