Historical Glass Bead Workshop
This workshop explores the history of glass working around the world. Why certain motifs are popular and the technology of how the bead styles and decorations are made. We may discusse the use of beads as amulets and talismans and also closer to the present paternosters and rosary beads. This workshop will run over 2 days at the end of which the participants will have learned the skills, techniques and paracticalities of working with glass. They have tried out different types of decoration that can be used, and partiipants will make a number of pieces of glass jewellery to take home. Material cost will depend on the amount used, generally no more than €20-€30. About the tutor: Dr Mags Mannion completed a PhD on glass beads with the Archaeology Department in NUIG, where she teaches graduate and postgraduate programmes. She has presented her research at both Irish and international conferences and in a number of conference publications. Her recent book ‘Glass Bead from Early Medieval Ireland’ is available from www.archaeopress.com and www.amazon.com/Glass-Beads-Early-Medieval-Ireland. Her extensive research and experience of ancient glass bead making techniques through time and her interest in glass working led to the development of an experimental module on glass bead making and techniques. As a glass bead artist, Mags has given medieval bead making demonstrations and workshops to undergraduates and MA students, and also at public events such as Aisiri week in Nuig, Shorelines Festival Portumna, Claregalway Castle Festival and Jousting weekend and heritage week in Athenry, Portlaoise and Loughrea among others. Her presentations and demonstrations explore all aspects of the craft of bead making, the artisans, the techniques, styles and decorative motifs, the people who wore them and the use of beads as amulets and talismans and as time went on paternosters and rosary beads.