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Walter Gross

Walter has been interested in art since junior high school, and did attend a couple of universities, majoring in art, although never receiving a degree he did enjoy the ride. In the late 70's to the mid 80's he created works in stained glass to satisfy the creative urge. In the late 80's he returned to school and received a degree in data processing and for the next 20 years created computer programs for fun and enjoyment and a for-real paycheck.


Walter credits his wife, Mary Redman, as the driving force behind his journey into the lampwork bead world. Mary began making jewelry in 2005 and in 2008 Mary and Walter attended their first Bead & Button show in Milwaukee, and for Walter it was an eye opener. Over the next year Walter started creating beads using a hot head torch and after the next B&B show graduated to a duel gas torch.


Walter has taken lampworking classes from Holly Cooper, Lisa St Martin, Jeff Barber, Jodie McDougall, Frank Scott, Tammy Rae Wolter and Julie Lukosaitis. He is also a supporting member of the International Society of Glass Beadmakers (ISGB).

2019 Bead Challenge


2018 Honorable Mention Winner

Julie Raasch (right).

Show Promoter Chris Mode (left)

2018 Popular Choice Winner Terri Davis (left) Show Promoter Chris Mode (right)



Purchase a Challenge Bead from the Art Glass and Bead Show - at a discounted rate, I might add! Take that beautiful bead and create a wearable piece of art to be displayed and judged by your peers and participating vendors on Saturday at the Art Glass and Bead Show.  If you accept the Art Glass and Bead Challenge, you will create a wearable piece of artwork using the Challenge Bead and any other materials of your choice.  All entries need to be received on or before Friday (Eve of the show). 

Anyone who purchases a Challenge Bead is eligible to participate. 



We will have two panels of judges this year for the Bead Challenge. You are quite familiar with the first panel judges...your peers. Everyone who attends the show on Saturday will vote for their favorite entry again this year. Their criteria has surprised many jewelry designers, because they are not judging technique or creativity, they are basing their approval on whether or not they would enjoy wearing it. This prize is considered the Popular Choice Award.

The second category is the Honorable Mention category with a professional panel of judges. The judges will be the vendors. They will be voting on which entry they find to be highly skilled, artistic and the most creative use of the Challenge Bead. We are calling it the Honorable Mention Award.




All of the ballots will be counted on Saturday night, and the winning entry will be on display until noon on Sunday. If you are the winner, you may pick up your Prize Basket from the ticket counter. If you did not win, you may pick up your Art Glass and Bead Challenge Entry after 12 noon. If you are not present on Sunday, we will mail your entry within 30 days. Creative Mode, LLC can not be held responsible for any damage or loss due to return delivery of the item.

2017 Popular Choice Award winner  

Julie Raasch (left) and show promoter

Chris Mode (right)

Left to Right- Chris Mode, show promoter, Mara Mednis, 2016 Challenge Bead Honorable Mention Winner

Left to Right: - Chris Mode show promoter, Cathy Lawson, 2016 Challenge Bead  Popular Choice Winner.

2015 Left to Right - Popular Choice Winner-Cynthia Jurishica, Challenge Bead Artist - Kay Rashka, Show Promoter - Chris Mode

2015 Honorable Mention Award - Terri Davis