ARTIST TALK / ANCIENT BEAD CONFERENCE (ABC)Thursday, October 35:30pm - 6:15pm
Do not miss this incredible Artist Talk by master glass beadmaker and historian, Tom Holland. Tom's presentation will begin with natures glass, and move through the Millenniums until glass is used for adornment, beauty, and functionality. Images are from decades of research and trips made to private collection and museums. Toms story telling is put to good use and stretches the imagination of how humanity evolved through glass.This Artist Talk is only open to students who have registered and paid the Ancient Bead Conference Fee. Please register first, then sign up here to reserve your spot for this artist talk!
Artist Talk will be located at Brazee Street Studios.
Tom Holland is considered one of the Pioneers of the contemporary glass bead making movement. He received his BFA in Ceramics with an emphasis on Sculpture at Northwest Mo. State University 1977. In the early 1980s Tom had careers as a potter,blacksmith and stone mason in stone county Ark where he still lives today, In his teens Tom developed a love for all things Native American.He had a troupe leader that exposed him to the Material Culture of the American Plains Indians in the late 1700s and early 1800s just before and after Lewis and Clark. Tom was especially enamored with the beaded Indian regalia and sacred objects.The journey eventually led him all over the Nation studying and researching on the subject of old beads and ultimately their manufacture.
Tom Holland started actually making glass beads full time in 1989 after careers as a potter ,blacksmith and stone mason in stone county Ark,
Tom and his wife "Sage" create works in glass that reflect their interest in pattern and symbol within smaller forms inspired by the history of glass and the natural surroundings they are rooted in.