Portland Bead Society Bead Bazaar 2013

portland-bead-society1Yesterday, we took a trip down to Portland for the annual Portland Bead Society Bead Bazaar.  This event has been held every year for the past 25 years and brings a variety of glass artists from all around the area.  I first heard of this fair from the Bullfrog I-Ching Beads, of the Steampunk charms, on their schedule of shows and I also saw that one of my favorite glass bead artists was going to be there as well, Kathy Perras.  We love Portland so my husband and I thought it would be a fun weekend trip.

portland-bead-society-kathy-perrasAfter a somewhat harrowing drive, as Seattle was hit with windstorms having speeds of up to 60 mph, we got to the show and quickly scanned the booths.  I met up with Kathy Perras and had a lovely chat as well as getting to see some of her newest designs!  I’m happy to get some awesome beads from her which I will be featuring in upcoming posts, including some amazing spirographs and iridescent silver glass designs that will complement the Trollbeads Aurora color theme perfectly.

We stopped by the Bullfrog I-Ching Beads table and met the lovely Jim and Lani, behind the amazing Steampunk beads.  They actually make incredible glass beads but not with cores big enough for Trollbeads bracelets.  They were fabulous to talk to and I managed to take home quite a few new Steampunk beads which I’m so excited about.  When the beads are listed, it’s always sold out by the time I check it so I was hoping to find some for sale.  I was lucky enough to find several with Trollbeads size cores that have amazing gemstones and metal filigree-work, including one with all gears from Jim’s personal collection!

The bazaar was cool but featured beads that are not quite the ones I was thinking.  Mainly it was for jewelry makers and the beads had tiny cores not big enough for Trollbeads or Pandora bracelets.  I did manage to find plenty of charms though, thanks to Jim and Kathy, so keep an eye out for more reviews on these fabulous artists!

  • Kathy Perras

    Hi Leann, I just wanted to tell you that I had a wonderful time visiting at the PBS Bazaar with you and your amazing husband. Thanks for coming down to Portland. It was such a treat!

    • Leann

      Thanks you SO much, Kathy!! I had such a great time and it was so wonderful to chat with you <3.

  • Denise

    Oh wow – and I thought the Holiday Blitz at the Inner Harbor Pandora concept store was going to be tempting! I imagine myself skipping through the Portland fest, basket in hand, charge card bent and broken…. 🙂

    • Raven97

      Hope you had a fun day with Hubby, wish I had been there with you… What an amazing time it must have been. Were I ever lucky enough to attend such an event I think I would just pass out or go blind from trying to take it all in.Wont even think about the fact that like Denise my Credit Card would also be done for.

      My idea of bead heaven…thanks so much for sharing the pictures.


      • Leann

        Hi Angela! I’m so glad you enjoyed the pictures, some of the ones we took didn’t turn out very well because of the lighting. There were two floors, and the top floor had natural light coming in from all the windows so we had much better results :). The beads were amazing and if I made jewelry, I would have thought I died and gone to heaven. Unfortunately I couldn’t find many that fit on our types of bracelets, otherwise I would be much poorer for the wear! 😉

    • Leann

      Hehehe. My card is definitely screaming at me from the bazaar, but mainly from buying all the Steampunk beads (they’re not cheap!). Unfortunately not many beads for European style charm bracelets though so other than finding the Bullfrog I-Ching ones, my money was safe ;).