Bead and Button Show

To celebrate my Birthday last year my sister, Angelika, and I decided to attend the Bead and Button Show in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I landed in Chicago on June 5, 2013 and had several hours before picking up Angelika.


In Milwaukee we stayed at an airbnb in a great neighborhood near downtown.


We enjoyed shopping for beads, glass, and supplies.


This is the cool loot I came home with:

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The lampwork bead is by Sage Holland and the silver bead is by Anne Choi. The strand of round beads is imported from Germany by Whole Bead Shop.

Angelika and I took a beadmaking class from Dolly Ahles. We learned how to make her watercolor floral bead.


We attended “Lampwork Madness” and got to watch Sage Holland, Beau Barrett and others.


Angelika and I visited the Milwaukee Art Museum, which is an architectural landmark, comprised of three buildings designed by three legendary architects: Eero Saarinen, David Kahler, and Santiago Calatrava.

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Here are a few of my favorite pieces of art at the museum:

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We enjoyed the Bead and Button Show and liked Milwaukee very much. We went on to explore Door County, Wisconsin and had a wonderful time sightseeing, hiking, eating great food, and shopping at galleries and pottery studios. The fish boil was touristy, fun, and delicious.

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We headed back to Chicago and visited Millennium Park, the Chicago Art Institute, and Buddy Guy’s Blues Club.

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About ingetraud

I make lampwork beads and jewelry. My other interests include traveling, reading, hiking, and collecting art and handcrafted items, especially pottery. I have always loved handmade things and have collected hand-thrown pottery since I was a teenager. I have done stained glass and weaving. I had been stringing beads into necklaces for a while when I attended a clay and glass show in Palo Alto. There was a beadmaker there whose work I fell in love with. I bought one bead to make into a necklace and decided I wanted to learn how to make glass beads. I took my first beadmaking class from Jackie Marr in Santa Cruz. After taking another class from Katie Stuart in Santa Barbara I set up my own studio and have not looked back. Beadmaking is like meditation for me. What has kept me interested is that there is always some new technique or color combination to learn or try. I have taken advanced classes from Sally Prasch, Marjorie Langston, Holly Cooper, Shirley Cook, Dolly Ahles, J.C. Herrill, Kristen Franzten Orr, Amy Waldman Smith, Claudia Trimbur-Pagel, Astrid Riedel, Amanda Muddimer, Melanie Moertel, Angela Meier, Gay Massender, Kris Schaible, and Jennifer Geldard. I love combining my love of beadmaking and traveling by taking classes away from home. In September, 2016 I got to attend a bead symposium in Wertheim, Germany. I took a bead lining class and watched many demos. I am married and have one son, age 26. I live in the Santa Cruz Mountains between Los Gatos and Scotts Valley, California.
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