About GBUK

The Origins of the Society

There have been several pioneers of glass beadmaking in this country over the years, the society owes its origins to the resurgence of interest in lampworking in the USA. Some of these bead artists have braved the challenge of awakening interest in the UK.

First among these was Kate Drew-Wilkinson, who with the help of the organising skills of Barbara Beadman and the facilities of Plowden & Thompson (P&T), taught many of us the basics of flameworking. The enthusiasm, skills and encouragement of several members is keeping the ‘flame’ alive.

Our Objectives:

  • The sharing and dissemination of information of making glass beads through networking
  • The furtherance of educational opportunities in the field of glass bead making.


  • Regular membership is open to all people who have an interest in the methods and processes of making glass beads
  • Honorary membership is allocated by committee vote.

Committee Members:

  • Chairman – Colette Ladley
  • Secretary – Susan Gothard
  • Treasurer – Debbie Gothard
  • Membership Secretary – Joy Porteous
  • Social Media – Tina Smith
  • Social Media – Lesley Jane Nixon
  • Webmaster – Debbie Gothard
  • Journal Editor – Joy Porteous

Honorary Members:

  • Barbara Beadman
  • Teresa Blofeld
  • Charlotte Dakin-Norris
  • Richard Downton
  • Kate Drew-Wilkinson
  • Diana East
  • Amanda Glanville
  • Pauline Holt
  • Barbara Mason
  • Kate Fowle Meleney
  • Martin Tuffnell
  • Scarlet Leonard
  • Heather Kelly

To join GBUK please use the form on the Join Us page.
To contact GBUK please use the contact form