Sage and Tom Holland are considered to be among the country’s glass beadmaking pioneers. They have been published in Bead and Button, Ornament, and American Style magazines, and in books including 1000 Glass Beads by Lark Books, Making Glass Beads by Cindy Jenkins, Collectible Beads by Robert Lui, The Masters in Beadmaking by Lark Books, and in the upcoming new addition of The History of Beads by Lois Sherr Dubin. They have exhibited in the Toyota Museum in Japan, the Denmark Glass Museum, the Rockwell Museum in Corning New York, and more.

In September, 2008, Sage and Tom will participate in the Off the Beaten Path Studio Tour bringing many new visitors to Meadowcreek. In 2009, they will host their Glass Beadmaking in the Ozarks workshop series at Meadowcreek teaching beginning, intermediate and advanced beadmaking skills to participants.

Sage started on her beadmaking path in 1987 on the west coast. As a young mother in Bellingham, Washington, she started experimenting with bead designs while working with other mediums such as water color painting, woodworking, and painting on fabric and silk for clothing. Eventually, she began to focus on glass beadmaking and spent time as an apprentice to Brian Kervliet of Inspiration Farms and gossamerglass.com.

Tom started making glass beads in 1989. After earning two degrees in ceramics in Missouri, and having short careers as a potter, blacksmith, and stone mason in Stone County, Arkansas, Tom was bitten by the glass muse in his early thirties. His bead habit had started much earlier in his teens as a boy scout when he developed a love for all things Native American. With an especially artful scout leader, he attended Pow-Wows around the Southwest and the American Plains and became enamored with the beaded regalia and European trade beads worn in their costuming. He subsequently traveled throughout the nation studying and researching old beads and, ultimately, their manufacture.

Tom is regarded as one of the better lecturers on the history of glass beads giving presentations that include pictures of collections from both major museums and private collectors. Within the International Society of Glass Beadmakers, his presentations are known to enhance the awareness of the longstanding traditions of the medium.

Tom is also known to be a profoundly effective teacher of beadmaking due to his methodical approach, jovial manner and penchant for great story-telling. Currently, his time is occupied with striving to keep up with orders for beads; assisting Meadowcreek in a multitude of ways; and, building a solar home for him and Sage on land bordering Meadowcreek. He finds less time to travel and teach these days making the opportunity to work with him even more special.

Sage and Tom are avid environmentalists. Tom spearheaded the recycling movement in Stone County and is still vice-president of that Board. Sage’s passion for the environment has translated into a passion for Meadowcreek. She spends much of her time defending the valley when she’s not in her beadmaking studio,  or planting and nurturing the huge Meadowcreek garden where she grows organic produce for herself, her friends, and farmer’s markets. She’s also an avid biker, preferring that mode of transport over vehicles whenever possible.

Sage and Tom have been teaching with Sage’s son, Beau, for more than 10 years. Beau resides in Washington State in the summer; Meadowcreek in the winter and spring; and otherwise, throughout the world as he attends and facilitates international bead workshops. After teaching a workshop in Germany, he had the honor of studying with Lucio Bubacco in Murano, Italy. Beau’s teaching resume can be seen on www.beauxbead.com or beauxbeads.wetpaint.com.

Born in 1980 in Bellingham, Washington, into the art-enriched life of a family of craftspeople, Beau attended The Waldorf School and benefited from its strong emphasis on creativity. With talents that include woodworking in the tradition of Tom Anderson, he also received intensive glass studio exposure from his mother and many other highly innovative glass workers in his hometown and the Greater Seattle area.

Beau was also homeschooled for several seasons which gave him even more direct experience in the field of glass. At seven years, he was mesmerized at the energy behind the forming of the glass and asked to try his hand at it. His fearless nature fit well in the discovery dynamics of balancing hot glass. Over time and with diligent practice, he progressed in beadmaking and small sculptures to the point of being a great teacher in his own right. He says his love for the interpersonal exchange in class is what makes it happen most purely for him as well as fulfills a sense of community brought forward from his education.

Along with his commitment to learning, Beau is also an avid adventurer. When he’s not riding his bike long distances or climbing mountains, you might find him practicing yoga or going canoeing. This may help explain why much of his new work deals with the physical form in motion. Beau inspires new designs in the family’s combined consciousness and loves to collaborate. With youthful eyes and hands that are in their prime, he has heightened his creative process and precision in detail and balance.