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2017 Popular Choice Award winner  

Julie Raasch (left) and show promoter

Chris Mode (right)

2018 Bead Challenge

Tammy Rae has created a beautiful bead for us this year!  Each handmade focal bead measures over an inch wide and approximately 3/4 tall with a 1/4 inch hole that is capped with textured copper containing a beautiful patina.  The clear encased beads have TONS of great glitter under all the swirls of purple, blue, magenta (sometimes) and an occasional lightning bolt of yellow.  Each and every bead is handmade by Tammy and has passed her inspection for quality and color.   



"Glass as art is a medium that has held my fascination for decades.  My first memories include gazing into the depths of a millefiori paperweight wondering how all the detail got in there as well as wanting to stand for hours watching the man behind the glass making tiny ships, castles and creatures in downtown Wisconsin Dells.  

The speed at which glass goes from being a solid to a liquid and the level of control needed to make that amazing transformation work in your favor draws me back to my torch for more!  Adding to that, the mystery of color creation - well there just aren’t enough hours in the day for all the possible discoveries. 

I use Borosilicate glass exclusively in my work because of its beauty and incredible strength.  Originally created for laboratory use, it has a much higher melting point that more commonly used glass.  As a result, it is a highly durable and impact resistant material making it perfect for beautiful, long-lasting jewelry.  Strong enough for the space shuttle...pretty enough to wear.  

Tammy Rae’s studio is located in a quaint historic 1896 former saloon, in north-central Wisconsin.  A publically-accessible working studio and gallery are scheduled to open in the building in 2018.  Stay tuned!"



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 i


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