Saturday, October 5, 9:30am - 12:30pm
ANCIENT BEAD CONFERENCE WORKSHOP (ABC)
Brazee is thrilled to welcome Tom and Sage Holland to Brazee as keynote Visiting Artists for Brazee's first Ancient Bead Conference! Explore ancient "folded bead" techniques that originated centuries ago with expert glass beadmaker, Tom Holland.
In the Middle ages in Persia the making of folded beads was a major glass industry. The patterns achieved by the folding and pinching of the rings of colors creates a book matching effect, The bead where worn as amulets and where made with three basic styles. However many new forms are yet to be created.
Visiting Artist, Tom Holland, will guide students through the steps for many variations of folded beads in this half-day workshop.
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.