Beth Williams Contemporary Handmade Glass Beads & Jewelry


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Education and Training

  • 1988 through the present ... ongoing metalworking and enameling classes at the Lexington Arts and Craft Society, Massachusetts, metalworking workshops at the DeCordova Museum School, Lincoln, Massachusetts, ongoing metalworking and PMC classes and workshops at Metalwerx, Waltham, MA
  • 1993 through the present ... glass beadmaking workshops with Kristina Logan, Loren Stump, Donovan Boutz, Heather Trimlett, Sage and Tom Holland, Jim Smirsich, Stephanie Sersich
  • 1994 ... Inventor of the Change-A-Bead© system of interchangeable bead findings sold internationally
  • 2011 … Flameworking workshop with Lucio Bubacco, Venice, Italy

Exhibitions and Catalogs - USA

  • 2010 - Convergence II: Adorning the Past, Present and Pretend - ISGB (juried, traveling exhibit)
  • 2009 - Convergence: Contemporary Jewelry Design with Art Glass Beads - (juried) ISGB and Bead&Button Magazine
  • 2009 - Perspectives: Traditions and Innovations in Glass Beads - Glass Art Society and ISGB (juried, traveling exhibit with catalog)
  • 2008 - "Possibilities" - curated lampwork bead exhibit at Sandwich Glass Museum, Sandwich, Massachusetts
  • 2006 - 2008 - "It's All About the Bead", contemporary glass bead art invitational, Pismo Fine Art Glass, Denver, Colorado
  • 2007 - "Metamorphosis: The Life Cycle of a Glass Bead"; curated exhibition and catalog by International Society of Glass Beadmakers
  • 2006 - 2007 - Trajectories: Progressions in Contemporary Art Glass Beads; curated exhibition and catalog by ISGB
  • 2006 - "Passing the Torch - Contemporary Art Glass Lampwork" Brookfield Craft Center, Brookfield Connecticut
  • 2006 - "Out of the Fire - Glass Meets Metal 2" Lexington Arts and Crafts Center, Lexington Massachusetts
  • 2006 - "Good Things, Small Packages - An Intimate Look at Small Glass" Presented by Public Glass, San Francisco, California
  • 2006 - "Trajectories" The Bead Museum in Glendale, Arizona
  • 2005 - "River of Glass"; juried glass bead jewelry show, Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, Louisville, Kentucky
  • 2004 - "Double Rainbow"; juried glass bead jewelry show, Gallery 33, Portland, Oregon
  • 1999 - 2006, "The Beautiful Bead / Annual Bead Invitational" November; Symmetry Gallery, Saratoga Springs, New York
  • 2003 - August - "Hand in Hand"; juried glass bead jewelry show, Welles Emporium, Lowell, Massachusetts
  • 2002 - August - "The Right Chord": juried glass bead jewelry show, Arts Afire Glass Gallery, Alexandria, Virginia
  • 2001 - June - "Passing the Torch": curated by Milon Townsend in conjunction with Glass Art Society Conference, Corning, New York
  • 2001 - June - "A Revolution in Jewelry; Art Glass Beads and Metal", Lexington Arts and Crafts Society, Lexington, Massachusetts
  • 2000 - "Bullseye Connection's Third Bead Annual Exhibit"; Portland, Oregon
  • 2000 - "Designer's Showcase" / Bead Expo; Recursos, Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • 1999 - "Designer Showcase"; Society of Glass Beadmakers 7th Annual Gathering; Mind's Eye Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona
  • 1999 - "Jewels of Glass: A New Look at the Versatility of the Handmade Glass Bead"; Worcester Center for Crafts, Worcester, MA
  • 1999 - Featured Artist / Valentine's Day Show; Arts Afire Glass Gallery, Alexandria, Virginia
  • 1997 - Glass Beadmaker's Invitational; Worcester Center for Crafts, Worcester, Massachusetts

Publications:

  • 2010 - "Glass Bead Gallery", by Jeri Warhaftig
  • 2009 - "JewelryDesigns with Art Glass Beads", published by Bead&Button Magazine
  • 2008 - "Exceptional Works in Metal Clay& Glass"; Mary Ann Devos
  • 2007 - "Metamorphosis: the Life Cycle of a Glass Bead" catalog
  • 2005 - Ornament Magazine, Volume 28, Number 2 Spring 2005; "Marketplace"
  • 2004 - Sunday Boston Globe Magazine, "Inspirations", August 27
  • 2004 - "1000 Glass Beads", published by Lark Books
  • 2003 - "Beads of Glass; the Art and the Artists"; Cindy Jenkins
  • 2002 - Fall; American Style Magazine, Style Spotlight
  • 2001 - May; AJM Magazine; Working Glass; Six Bead Artists Share Their Craft
  • 2000 - March; The New Mexican; What's in a Bead?
  • 2000 - January; The Gloucester Daily Times, Weekender; Local Jeweler Fashions Beads by Hand…
  • 1999 - February; The Boston Globe Magazine, Hot Lines; Hearts of Glass
  • 1999 - revised issue: 2003 "More Than You Ever Wanted To Know About Glass Beadmaking"; James Kervin
  • 1998 - The Society of Glass Beadmakers Juried Exhibition Catalogue; Rockwell Museum, Corning, NY

Professional Affiliations:

  • Member of International Society of Glass Beadmakers (ISGB) since 1994
  • President, International Society of Glass Beadmakers / Boston Chapter, 1999 through 2003; member since 1996
  • Member of Beadesigner International, the New England Bead Society since 1990; treasurer from 1993-1996
  • Glass Art Society (GAS); member since 1994
  • Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG); member since 1990
  • International Guild of Glass Artists (IGGA); member since 1995
  • Cape Ann Artisans, member since 1988, co-president 2008, president 2009
  • Manufacturing Jewelers and Suppliers of America (MJSA)


Contact Info:
Beth Williams 17 Pleasant St, Gloucester, MA 01930
Email:
info@bethwilliams.com

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