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Northwest/Pacific USA WA, OR, AK, HI


Brandywine Bead Society 1840 Tall Oaks Rd. Orwigsburg PA 17961 Tel. 717-366-2300

Bead Society of Eastern Pennsylvania. Contact Kelly Wilson or Jeri Belinni-Smith . Web site-

Polymer Clay Guild -- Pittsburgh -- Marla Frankenberg (forming)

Beadesigner International 135 Aspinwall Ave Brookline MA 02146 [Bead Society for Southern New England] (Marcie Becker)

Connecticut Bead Society 800 Village Walk, Box 227 Guilford CT 06437 Barbara Lynch fax 203-453-0505

Bead Society of New Jersey PO Box 6928, Freehold NJ 07728-6928 Vilma VanOllefen, President

New Jersey Polymer Clay Guild

New Hampshire Polymer Clay Guild (formerly Polly + the Claymatics) Sandra McCaw

New York Polymer Clay Guild

The Bead Society
Greater New York

Workshops and Classes

Beadworks - 23 Church St., Harvard Square, Cambridge MA 02138. Telephone: 617.868.9777 or Fax 617.868.9229. 2nd location at: 349 Newbury St., Boston MA 02115. Telephone: 617.247.7227 or Fax 617.247.2322. Email:


Bead Society of Greater Washington PO Box 70036 Chevy Chase MD 20813-0036 email

The Bead Museum in DC

Washington DC Lampworkers Group 4511 Amherst Rd College Park MD 20740

Baltimore Bead Society PO Box 311 Riderwood MD 21139-0311

Triangle Bead Society PO Box 10953 Raleigh NC 27605

Atlanta Bead Society: Suite 203 - #142, 4651 Woodstock Road, Roswell GA 30075-1686. Email Dianne Duncan, Treasurer.

Northern Virginia Bead Society PO Box 2258 Vienna, VA 22183-2258.

Winston-Salem Bead Society. Contact Jane Smith at

Bead Society of Central Florida meets on the 2nd second Monday of each month at the John Knox Presbyterian Church, corner of Par and Formosa Avenues in College Park (Orlando). Email

Bead Society of South Florida 18703-B Biscayne Blvd Aventura FL 33180 Tel. 305-936-9777 Amy Karoly

Treasure Coast Bead Society 5416 Cleveland Rd. Delray Beach FL 33484-4276 e-mail

The Bead Society of Gainesville 1025 W University Ave Gainesville FL 32601 Tel. 904-377-6860

Emerald Coast Bead Society PO Box 1074 Gulf Breeze FL 32562-1074

Greater Southeast Florida Bead Society 6560 Fillmore St Hollywood FL 33024 Tel. 961-5267

Florida West Coast Bead Society 6300 Flotill Dr #79 Holmes Beach FL 34217 Tel. 813-778-4705 Eileen Murphy

Northeast Florida Bead Society 1336 Cesery Blvd Jacksonville FL 32211

Bead Society of North Florida 2915 Byington Circle Talahassee FL 32303

Palm Beach Bead Society

Polymer Clay Guild -- Tampa call Sally Lewis 813-960-8513

Workshops and classes

Beadazzled Workshops - 716 Kennebec Avenue, Takoma Park MD 20912 Telephone 410.837.2323. Regular classes, call for details.

John C. Campbell Folk School, One Folk School Road, Brasstown, NC 28902. - Bead Making, Glass Bead Making, Enameling and Jewelry Classes. Call 1-800-FOLK-SCH for free catalogue or visit them at

Beadazzled Workshops - 1522 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, DC. Telephone: 202.265.2323. Regular classes. Call for a schedule.

Beadazzled Workshops - Tysons Corner Center, McLean, VA. Telephone 703.848.2323. Call for a schedule of classes.


Chicago Midwest Bead Society, 1511 Sherman Ave Evanston IL 60201 Tel. 708-328-4040 Alya Phillips

Bead Society of Greater Chicago, email

Chicago Area Polymer Clay Guild

NW Suburban Beader's Guild - Schaumburg, IL

Polymer Clay Guild --Springfield Cookie Kienzle

Bead Society of Central Ohio, Amy Piel-Glass 614.274.3221 or

Athens (Ohio) Bead Society, Pat Poole-Frank 740.664.1307, Sara Mills 740.594.2451 or Suz Winland 740.448.2227

Madison Bead Society, 1931 Monroe St Madison WI 53711-2026

Great Lakes Beadworkers Guild PO Box 1639. Royal Oak, MI 48068-1639. Phone: 586-997-7043.

Metropolitan Detroit Polymer Art Guild -- Marie Johannes

Upper Midwest Bead Society (Minneapolis/St. Paul Area)

Saginaw (MI) Valley Bead Society. Contact Ruth Spiekerman at or (989) 755-8352

Workshops and Classes

Crocheting with Beads-Theory

 taught by Kate Coburn; Introduction to Free-Form CrochetJewelry taught by Kathleen Power-Johnson. For applications, write: Crochet Guild of America, PO Box 8043, Rolling Meadows, IL 60008-8043 or call 847.776.7941. There is also a juried exhibit: BJ Licko-Keel, c/o GOA at address above. Send SASE #10 envelope.

Byzantium - 245 King Ave., Columbus OH 43201 - Joyce Griffith, Owner. Offers various beading classes. Telephone: 614.291.3130 - call or write to receive your class sign-up form.


Austin Bead Society

Huntsville Bead Society: 2018 Bide-A-Wee Huntsville AL 35801 Lisa Bess

Baton Rouge Bead Society 919 Bromley Dr Baton Rouge LA 70808 Tel. 504-383-2284 Cathy Calmes

Magpies 103 Forest Hill Rd. West Monroe LA 71291-9052 Tel. 318-396-7975

Way Out in West Texas Bead Society PO Box 195 Alpine TX 79831

Panhandle Bead Association PO Box 3747 Amarillo TX 79116 Tel. 806-383-4151 Beth Barringer

Dallas Bead Society 8405 Spinnaker Cove Rowlett TX 75088 simonc@eisner.decus.orgChris Simon

San Antonio Bead & Ornament Society

Wild West Bead Society -- Arlington TX. Meets 3rd Tuesday of each month. Contact Victoria Wilson,

Austin Polymer Clay Guild

Houston Polymer Clay Guild --

North Texas Polymer Clay Guild (Plano) or

Cumberland Valley Bead Society, Tammy Hicks, President meets monthly on 2nd Tuesday, Franklin, TN

Workshops and Classes

Glass beadmaking workshops with Sage and Tom Holland at Meadow Creek in Fox Arkansas. October 8-12 & October 15-19, 1999. Contact Tom and Sage at 870-269-2231.

Beading classes at the Craft Guild of Dallas, by Jelcy Romberg and others.


Upper Midwest Bead Society PO Box 4081 St Paul MN 55104 Tel. 507-285-1202 Judy Anderson

The Billings Bead Society 1727 Miles Ave Billings MT 59102 Tel. 406-656-6778 Helen Widenhofer

The Bozeman Bead Society PO Box 1893 Bozeman MT 59711-1893 Tel. 406-587-1175 Danita Twedt

Nebraska Bead Society (Lincoln) April Stevenson, President

Oklahoma Bead Society 6512 E. 89th Pl. So. Tulsa OK 74133 Tel. 918-481-6123 or Linda Dresher

The Bead Society of Greater Kansas City, contact Dody Stevens, President at


Rocky Mountain Bead Society, PO Box 480721, Denver CO 80248-0721 Tel: 303-271-1676 email Cindy Brown

Bead Society of Western Colorado c/o 2851 Road B 1/2 Grand Junction CO 81503

Nevada Bead Society e-mail

Coeur d'Alene Bead Society PO Box 5301 Coeur d'Alene ID 83814-1955 (Lisa Hobson)

Sierra Bead Society Carson City NV 22101 Tel. 702-883-8111

Polymer Clay Guild -- Lisa Pavelka (forming)

Wyoming Tumbleweeds Bead Society


Arizona Bead Society PO Box 14271 Tucson AZ 85732-4271 Tel. 520-293-3362 Jacequeline Drake, President

The Bead Society Los Angeles PO Box 241874 Los Angeles CA 90024-9674

Beadazzeled Beaders 3739 W. Ramsey Banning CA 92220

Bead Society of San Diego County PO Box 230325 Encinitas CA 92023-0325 Vicki Star,

Central California Bead Society PO Box 16412 Fresno CA

The Bead Society of Orange County, an affiliate of The Bowers Museum of Cultural Art, 2002 N. Main Street, Santa Ana, CA 92706; Tel. 714/828-8468

Northern California Bead Society 1650 Lower Grand Ave Piedmont CA 94611 Tel. 510-548-4824

New Mexico Bead Society PO Box 36824 Albuquerque NM 87176-6824 Tel. 275-5857 D.L. Horton

New Mexico Beaders This list is for NM beadworkers to share information about beading and events in the area, such as conferences, shows, NMBS meetings, sales, resources, classes, store locations, etc. Advertising is permissible, but please, no spamming. Visiting NM? Join the list! To join, go to

Bead Mavins Albuquerque NM Tel. 505-281-6051

Arizona Society of Glass Bead Makers 3802 W. Hatcher Rd. Phoenix AZ 85051 rowenacst@aol.comRowena Tank

Polymer Clay Guild --Tempe -- Jacqueline Janes

Polymer Clay Guild --Tucson -- Sue Balestreri blestrt@uarizona.eduPresident Polymer Clay Guild --Fresno/Central Valley -- Janet Farris (forming)

Greater Los Angeles Polymer Clay Guild

Polymer Clay Guild --Riverside/San Bernadino -- Christine Brashers (forming)

Polymer Clay Guild --Sacramento call 916-773-2929

San Diego Polymer Clay Guild

South Bay Polymer Clay Guild (San Jose) .

Polymer Clay Guild --Santa Barbara -- Jane Mahneke (forming)

Polymer Clay Guild --Santa Monica call 310-458-2748 or 310-271-7803

Workshops and Classes

Bead World, Tustin, CA. Call Miriam at 714-838-5134 for schedule of classes.

The Shepherdess, 2802 Juan Street, San Diego, CA 92110

Oskadusa, a Bead Gallery in Solana Beach. Call 619.755.2323 to receive a class schedule.

Red Hot Glass Shop in Cave Creek, Arizona. Web site at Please call (480) 575-3215 to schedule torch rental or to sign up for classes.


Alaska Bead Society POB 242972 Anchorage AK 99524. Rebecca Starry

Juneau Bead Society 201 Seward Juneau AK 99801 Tel. 907-586-3223 Chris Prussing

Mat-Su Valley Bead Society, HC01 Box 6454N, Palmer, Alaska 99645, contact Jeanette Shanigan

Bead Society Hawaii-Maui PO Box 12127 Lahaina, Maui HI 96761-1832

Bead Society of Hawaii-Oahu 2414 Kuhio St Honolulu HI 96815 Tel. 808-922-1999

Portland Bead Society PO Box 10611 Portland OR 97296 (Liz Palm)

The Bead Group of Palouse 321 Webb St NW Pullman WA 99163 Aviva Suchow

Northwest Bead Society PO Box 15881 Seattle WA 98115-0881

The Olympic Bead Society PO Box 27 Quilcene WA 98376 Tel. 206-765-3720

The Seed Beaders (Seattle) Georgia McMillian 425.485.6673

Spokane-Northwest Bead Society PO Box 1208 Spokane WA 99021 (Judy Kitner)

Workshops and Classes

The Alaska Bead Company, Anchorage AK offers workshops. Call 907.563.2323 for information.

Jeanette Shanigan, beadworking author offers classes in beadwork September through April. Call 907.373.3094 or email

Bead Needs, 3341 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Portland OR 97214. 503.234.4822

Bead Street, 632 NW 21st, Portland OR 97209. 503.223-7728

Dava Bead and Trade, 6357 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland OR 97201. 503.246.1934 or at 1512 NE Broadway, Portland, OR 97232, 503.288.3991

Beads Forever, 3522 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland OR 97214. 503.230.BEADS

The Bead Garden, 1313 Mill St. SE, Salem OR 97301.

Inspiration Farm -- Gossamer Glass Studios , 619 E. Laurel Road, Bellingham, WA 98226. 1-800-488-3676. Email . Workshops with Brian Kerkvliet

Inspiration Farm 2000 Glass Workshop Schedule

Dance of the Furnace and Flame* May 1st -10th Red Deer College, Alberta,
Canada. Contact Anne Brodie for details 1-888-886-2787 or visit their website.
Furnace Design Considerations* May 25th-28th $335
Beads & Beyond* June 16th-18th cost-$375 beginning to intermediate
Goblets Galore!* June 23rd -25th cost-$400 intermediate
The bead gets bigger, Core vessels and more! * Sponsored by Bullseye Connections. July 11th -13th In conjunction with the Embellishments show. Portland, Or. Contact Bullseye connections for more information.
Murrine Madness!!* August 4th, 5th, 6th Cost- $400 intermediate-advanced
Week with a Master...Flame on Dude!* September 2nd to the 8th cost-$895 intermediate-advanced
5 GLASSBLOWING L.M.N.O.P September 22nd 23rd & 24 With Ed Schmid, Elena Enos! For people who already know their A.B.C.'s of Glassblowing,
Fun with Furnace and Flame* October 6th 7th 8th cost- $450 intermediate-advanced
*All classes are taught by Brian Kerkvliet unless otherwise noted.

A & M Beads, Edmonds, WA. Telephone: Andrea Williams 206.774.2089

The Artifactory and Beads INDEED!, Seattle WA. Polymer Clay techniques and vintage glass beads -- call Karen Murphy 206.322.9233

Alexanders, 6307 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle WA. Telephone Debbie or Sam Savars for info 206-526-8909

Beadworld, Seattle, WA - knotting, dream catchers, beaded applique, loomed bead weaving, etc. Telephone: 206.523.0530

Couperville Art Center, POB 171, Couperville WA 98239. Various workshops. Email,

Edmonds Community College, Lynwood WA. Glass fusing & bead making class. Instructor Jane Hendrickson. Call 206.640.1010

Gossamer Glass Studios, Bellingham, WA. Brian Kerkvliet, glass beadmaking. Call 360.398.7061, Fax 360.398.2142

Island Beads & More, Mercer Island, WA. Duang & Steve Dunning 206.232.8121

North Seattle Community College, Seattle, WA. Call 206.527.3663 for information. A variety of classes in jewelry design.

Pratt Fine Arts Center, Seattle, WA. Call 206.328.2200 for information. Classes & workshops in glass and jewelry.

Sophisticated Silver, Bellevue, WA. Call Corrine Gurry at 206.644.1009 Advanced wirework & jig making.

Julenne's Beads, 1915 Main St., Vancouver WA 98660. Write for info.


The Calgary Bead Society #507 320 Meredith Rd NE Calgary Alberta T2E 5A6 Canada

Toronto Bead Society Toronto Ontario M6S-4B8 Canada

Bead Society of Greater Vancouver Richmond Arts Ctr, 77OO Minoru Gate Vancouver Richmond, BC V6B 3A0 Canada Tel. 604-264-9705


Bead Society of Great Britain 1 Casburn La Burwell Cambridgeshire CB5 OED England (U.K.) Tel. +44(0)1638-742-024

British Polymer Clay Guild -- Margaret Reid

Hungarian Bead Society 1075 Budapest Madach Imre UT3 Hungary Tel. 36-1-117-7463

Moscow Bead Club - *Nidus* Box 170 Moscow Russia 103498. Visit their new website at:

European Bead Network Badenallee 1 D14052 Berlin Charlottenburg Germany


Bead Society of Victoria 9 George St Kilmore 3764 Victoria Australia Tel. 61-057-811-047

Bead Society of the Philippines 404 Julieta-Horseshoe Village Quezon City, Metro Manila, The Philippines

Malaysia - Sarawak. Bead Talk at the New Museum (Conference Center, Dewan Tun Abdul Razak) last Saturday of each month (not August). Everyone welcome.


Ghana Bead Society PO Box C788 Cantonments Accra Ghana

Sourthern African Bead Society founded on Feb 1999. Att: President Carol Kaufmann. c/o South African National Gallery. P.O. Box 2420, Cape Town 8000


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