The Glass Craft & Bead Expo 2017 will be held at the South Point Hotel and Casino, classes March 29-April 2, exhibits March 31 – April 2. Registration will open November 30th, Wednesday.

Unless you have recently registered to be on the mailing list (since March 15, 2016), you must submit a new registration and pay the fee for a class book. This is due to increased costs for producing and mailing. We thought long and hard about only having the online version, but we know everyone loves to have the physical book. You will be credited for your payment when you register for classes, so it will not cost for those that do sign up for classes ($5 for domestic and Canada, $12 for International). If you have not already registered for a 2017 book, you will have to wait until after November 30th to enter a new book request. The complete book is viewable online now.

We have lots of new instructors and new classes from many of our wonderful returning instructors, and are sure you will find that it is worth the wait! This year we are also excited to announce that the International Society of Glass Beadmakers will be holding their conference, The Gathering, in conjunction with Glass Craft & Bead Expo. This will be a great addition to the show, bringing in additional students and exhibitors.

We look forward to an amazing conference with all of you! Thank you for your support throughout the years.

We’d like to thank all of the Sponsors, Exhibitors, Instructors, Instructor Assistants, Students and Attendees of the 22nd annual Glass Craft and Bead Expo for another great event.

Visit the 2016 Gallery of Excellence to see all of the winners and photos from this year's expo!

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Class Registration is Now Open!

We look forward to seeing you at the 2017 Glass Craft & Bead Expo!

You must create ONE registration PER person registering for classes. This means if you are in a group of two (or more) people, each person MUST create an individual registration account and submit a class registration request. Same credit cards may be used. However, each individual must register with a different email address.


Thank you for all the support to our 2017 Advertisers!

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 Glass Book 2017

Our 2017 Glass Book is now available online! Press the button below to check out everything happening at the 2017 Glass Craft & Bead Expo.

Glass Book Cover
Glass Book Back Cover

Schedule 2017

All times displayed below are in Pacific Daylight Time

  • March 29


    Registration Desks Open
    (7:00AM - 6:00PM)

    (8:00AM - 5:00PM)

    Evening Classes
    (5:00PM - 9:30PM)





  • March 30


    Registration Desks Open
    (7:30AM - 6:00PM)

    (8:00AM - 5:00PM)

    Evening Classes
    (5:00PM - 9:30PM)





  • March 31


    Registration Desks Open
    (7:30AM - 6:00PM)

    (8:00AM - 4:00PM)

    Exhibit Hall Opens
    (9:00AM - 7:00PM)

    Demos on Stage
    (11:00AM - 4:00PM)

    Glass Cutting Contest
    (5:00PM - 6:00PM)

    Evening Classes
    (5:00PM - 9:30PM)

    Open Torch Night
    (8:30PM - 10:00PM)

  • April 1


    Registration Desks Open
    (7:30AM - 6:00PM)

    No Classes (April Fools!):
    (8:00AM - 4:00PM)

    Exhibit Hall Open:
    (9:00AM - 6:00PM)

    Demos on Stage:
    (11:00AM - 5:00PM)




  • April 2


    Registration Desks Open
    (8:30AM - 3:00PM)

    (9:00AM - 3:00PM)

    Exhibit Hall Open:
    (10:00AM - 3:00PM)

    Demo on Stage:
    (11:00AM - 12:00PM)

    Charity Auction on Stage:

    Expo Closes:


* Food & Beverage available for purchase at multiple locations

* Program, Events, and Schedule are subject to change.

* All classes, events & exhibits are at South Point Hotel and Casino.


Classes 2017

Visit the 2017 Glass Craft and Bead Expo full class list to see all the amazing classes we are hosting this year! You can also view classes online with the 2017 Glass Book.

Exhibitors 2017

Our show floor is compeletely packed with some of the best exhibitors around the country. Here you can learn more about becoming and exhibitor, view our complete current exhibitor list, and also view the complete Glass Craft and Bead Expo show floor layout.


Instructors 2017

Visit the 2017 Glass Craft and Bead Expo full instructor list to see all the talented people we have this year!

Sponsors 2017

Sponsors play a huge role in the success of our annual show. Many of our sponsors have continuously returned to support the show in a variety of ways.

This year we want to recognize our Gold, Silver and Bronze sponsorship levels and also recognize each and everyone business or group that helps us deliver America's favorite and largest glass and bead expo in the USA!

Please check back often.




Show / Class Supporters (Alphabetically Listed)

Thank you to everyone listed below for your contributions to the classrooms. We couldn't do it without your help.

ABR Imagery
Art Clay World USA
Austin Thin Films
Bullseye Glass
Canfield Technologies
Covington Engineering
Cress Manufacturing
Delphi Glass
D&L Art Glass Supply
Ed Hoy's International
Evenheat Kilns
Frantz Art Glass & Supply
Gemini Saw
Glastar Corporation
Hoevel Manufacturing
Inland Craft Products
Jen Ken Kilns
Kokomo Opalescent Glass
Millefiori Magic
Morton Glass Works
Olympic Kilns
Pacific Art Glass
Paragon Kilns
Skutt Kilns
Spectrum Glass
Stellar Technical
Streuter Technologies
The Glass Resort LLC
Unique Glass Colors
Uroboros Glass
Venture Tape
Wissmach Glass Company

If you have contributed to the classrooms and your company name is not listed above, please contact Jen at 800-217-4527 so that she may list your company name and give you the proper recognition that you deserve.

Las Vegas

Gallery of Excellence 2017 Annual Art Competition

Glass Craft & Bead Expo, Glass Patterns Quarterly, Glass Art and The Flow magazines will be sponsoring the Gallery of Excellence annual juried art competition for 2017. Art submitted will be displayed in a special area of the Exhibit Hall for viewing. Voting will be by a panel of judges, with a popular vote category voted on by all in attendance. First place Professional winners receive $175 in each category, 1st place Amateur winners receive $75 in each category. There will be the following categories with both Professional and Amateur divisions in each:

Beads & Jewelry Blown & Flame Worked Cold Working Fused/Cast/Kiln Worked Mosaic Stained Glass

If you are a registered student, the class instructor or the exhibiting company owner you may enter one piece free of charge. There is a $25 charge for the second entry piece, or for any entries by non-students/instructor/exhibitor. All who enter must be in attendance at the 2017 Glass Craft & Bead Expo. There is a two (2) entry limit for all participants. All forms must be submitted by March 10th to be considered for the Gallery of Excellence. For further rules and restrictions, please see the Entry form.

Entry forms should be mailed to Las Vegas Management – 2408 Chapman Drive – Las Vegas, NV 89104. If no entry fee is due, you can also email or fax to 702-734-0636.

 Download Entry Form (pdf)


South Point Hotel, Casino and Spa

  • Hotel
    Hotel Logo
  • Address
    9777 Las Vegas Blvd South
    Las Vegas, NV 89183
  • Contact
    Hotel: (702) 796 7111
    Reservations: (866) 791-7626

Getting to the South Point

From the South (California): Head North on Interstate 15 to Exit 31 (Silverado Ranch Boulevard). As you exit, stay right and make your first right into the parking area for South Point. The South Point is located at 9777 Las Vegas Boulevard South.

From the North (Utah, the Las Vegas Strip and downtown): Head South on Interstate 15 to Exit 31 (Silverado Ranch Boulevard). As you exit, stay in the middle exit lane and turn left, make your first right into the parking area for South Point.

From the East (Arizona): Exit Interstate 40 at US 93 and proceed North. Cross bridge into Nevada and remain on US 93 North until exiting at Interstate 215 West. Take Exit 7 and turn left onto Eastern Avenue South. Turn right onto Silverado Ranch Blvd. Proceed to Las Vegas Boulevard South.

From the West (Northern Nevada/CA): Head South on US 95 and exit onto Interstate 15 South. Exit 31 (Silverado Ranch Boulevard). As you exit, stay in the middle exit lane and turn left, make your first right into the parking area for South Point

From the Rental Car Terminal at McCarran Airport: Head South on Gilespie St. toward E. Warm Springs Rd. Turn right on E. Warm Springs Rd. Then turn Left on Las Vegas Blvd. South Point Hotel & Conference Center is on the right hand side of the road at 9777 Las Vegas Boulevard South.

Uber and Lyft: These companies operate in the Las Vegas Valley.

Hotel Registration

New in 2017 you will be making the hotel reservation directly with the South Point Hotel! To get the discounted Glass Craft & Bead Expo rate of $70 per week night, $100 on Friday and Saturday plus, which also includes the Resort Fee complimentary, you must book online or by phone using these directions:

Online, click this link for the hotel registration site. After you enter your arrival and departure dates, you will go to the next page that shows the Glass Craft & Bead Event logo and confirms both the group rate and that the resort fee is waived. You will see the “average” rate for your stay (averaged out over all nights) in the right corner, below that you can also view a price breakdown per night before you select and move on in the registration. Once completed, you will be charged one night room and tax and receive your hotel confirmation number.

By phone, call 866-791-7626 and use the group code GLA0323 to get the same rates and complimentary resort fee. The South Point will charge your credit card for one night room and hotel tax (currently 12% but increasing in 2017 to 13%) and you will receive your hotel confirmation number.

You must make all changes and cancels over the phone at 866-791-7626.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Activities Near the South Point Hotel

The South Point Hotel & Conference Center offers numerous dining and entertainment options and attendees may find many other restaurants, shops and recreational opportunities all within a short taxi ride of the property. Of course, the sights and sounds of the famed Las Vegas Strip are just a few miles north on Las Vegas Boulevard. But if you prefer to venture out from "home," then consider some of these alternatives:

ENTERTAINMENT: There's a good reason why Las Vegas is called the "Entertainment Capital of the World." Since its Rat Pack days, Las Vegas has been inextricably associated with legendary shows and entertainers.

Say "Las Vegas" and it's likely that showgirls in elaborate headdresses and Elvis impersonators will come to mind. Today, the Las Vegas entertainment scene still has plenty of its classic glamour, but it has evolved to include so much more. In addition to the iconic Las Vegas entertainment staples, the destination offers a lineup of award-winning magicians, Broadway-caliber productions, world-renowned concert headliners and unique-to-Las Vegas production shows. For more information please visit

SHOPPING: If you want it, Vegas has it. From designer splurges to bargain deals, Las Vegas has become a one-stop shopping Mecca. Everything from colorful souvenir shops to haute couture boutiques can be found in retail centers along the Las Vegas Strip and surrounding areas.

You won't be alone in your shopping endeavors. More than half of the nearly 39 million visitors who visit Las Vegas each year spent time shopping, according to the 2006 Las Vegas Visitor Profile Study. Las Vegas shoppers spent an average of $140.86 per trip, the study reports, more than twice as much as on sightseeing and show tickets combined. For more information please visit

NIGHTLIFE: In 1930, Frank Detra took a chance and opened Pair O' Dice, Las Vegas' first nightclub. Located on what was then known as the new highway to Los Angeles (today, we call it the Las Vegas Strip), the club was open only at night.

In addition to bands and jazz performers, the Pair O' Dice served Italian food. Most notably, the establishment had a history of closing and re-opening because it sported gaming tables before the city had legalized gaming and served alcohol during Prohibition.

Nine years later, the Pair O' Dice was sold to police captain and commander of the vice squad Guy McAfee who renamed it the 91 Club. The nightlife scene changes frequently so please visit for more information.

GOLF: Las Vegas is no longer golf's best-kept secret. In fact, Las Vegas recently was named the top emerging golf destination in the world by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators.

From exquisite championship courses designed by legends of the sport to lush fairways and breathtaking views - golf is just another reason the destination attracted 39.2 million visitors in 2007.

Today, more than 60 golf courses are available for play in Las Vegas throughout the year thanks to the area's inviting climate. Las Vegas offers challenging, yet beautifully sculpted courses developed by world-renowned designers including Jack Nicklaus, Tom Weiskopf, Billy Casper, Arnold Palmer and Pete Dye. For more information about golfing in Las Vegas, please visit

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Frequently Asked Questions


  When is the 2017 Glass Show Expo?

  Where does the show take place?

  Are there any discounts on Expo tickets?


  Can I make my hotel registrations directly with the South Point Hotel & Conference Center?

  When will my credit card get charged for the 1st night room & tax deposit in order to guarantee my hotel room?

  Does the cost of the hotel room include show tickets?

  Does the hotel have an airport shuttle?


  When is the "book" (the 2017 catalog) coming out?

  How can I order the "book" (the 2017 catalog) online?

  When can I start registering for classes?

  Can I register for classes and use my credit card for my spouse or friends registration?

  I did not receive my entrance badge in the mail. What should I do?

  Can I get a refund if I have to cancel my class registration?

  I attended the show last year, but never received a catalog for this year. Why not?

  Can I sign up for classes when I get to the hotel?

  Has my name moved up on the wait list for a class?

  How can I tell if a class is available or sold out?

  How do I get on a wait list for a sold out class?

Exhibit Hall

  What is the cost to enter the expo hall?

  Do I have to pre-register just to attend the Expo?

  Can we buy tickets in advance?

  How do I get my wholesale buyer badge?

Contact Information

  • Our Team

    Contact Us

     Phone: 1-800-217-4527

     Las Vegas Management
    2408 Chapman Drive
    Las Vegas, NV 89104

    Exhibitor Information:
    Instructor and Class Information:
Wesley Wong