James Renwick Alliance Awards


The James Renwick Alliance is committed to promoting Craft Artists and their Art. As such, a judging committee went through a preview of DC’s Artomatic arts festival. selecting artists to receive recognition for their work in selected craft categories. The judges were: Mrs. Deena Kaplan, long time art supporter and world class craft collector, Mr. John Kotelly, Esq., former President of the JRA and avid craft collector, Dr. Paul and Mrs. Elmirina Parkman, both Past Presidents of the JRA, founding members of the JRA and long time craft collectors, Ms. Judy Weisman, JRA Acquisitions Chair and long time craft collector and consultant.

The following artists won the Craft Awards of Distinction (and a complimentary one year membership in the James Renwick Alliance):
Fiber: Rania Hassan
Clay: Laurel Lukaszewski
Metal: Michael Sirvet
Glass: Phil Vickery
Wood: James Long
Mixed Media: Eric Celarier

(The Glass School lays claim to Rania, Michael, Laurel and Phil as adopted children)

Sending a Thanks to the James Renwick Alliance & Congratulations to all to all the artists at Artomatic!

More Artomatic Glass Demonstrations

>DC GlassWorks and Sculpture Studios would like to invite you to an afternoon of glassblowing demonstrations by glass artists Roger Tye and Phil Vickery. Roger and Phil are extremely accomplished glass makers and they have offered to demonstrate their work with the students, instructors, and friends of DC GlassWorks and the Washington Glass School. Roger and Phil are two of the 37 creative businesses heading to Washington DC from Sunderland England, to take part in the five-week Artomatic Exhibition.

This event is free and begins at 1:30 pm on Saturday, May 30, 2009. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to info@dcglassworks.com by May 26th 2009. To learn more about Phil and Roger and to see samples of their work, please check out their websites:



DC GlassWorks and Sculpture Studios

5346 46th Avenue Hyattsville MD 20781 -2307


Click HERE to see DC GlassWorks website

Demos from visiting UK Glass Artists

>On Sunday, May 31st from 2 to 5pm the Washington Glass School will be hosting demonstrations of glass techniques from two artists from the National Glass Centre in Sunderland, England, Stephen Beardsell and Karin Walland. Stephen Beardsell “Lady in Poppy Field”.

Karin will show how to cast small objects in frozen glass powder (an alternative to the messy lost wax method). Karin holds a BA in Fine Art and an MA in Glass with distinction. She often incorporates recycled glass creating pieces from jewellery pendants to large sculptural installations expressing fragility, loss, brokenness, death and new life in both nature and human experience.

Karin Wallend “Washed Up At The End of The Day”, “Broken Arch”

Stephen graduated from Sunderland University with a Batchelor of Art degree in Glass and Ceramics, and later achieved a Master of Art Degree in Glass.
Currently he works in the glass department at the University of Sunderland and also in the National Glass Centre. Stephen will be showing and describing his method of creating great depth with frit casting and inclusions. Stephen Beardsell “Poppy Field group”.

This Seminar/demo is entirely FREE to anyone who cares to learn from these 2 talented UK artists! Please let us know if you plan to attend so we know how many to expect.

DC residents – apply for DCCAH grants!


It’s Grant Time!
The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities is renewing its commitment to supporting local artists and arts organizations through its distribution of grants for the fiscal year 2010 grant season. According to the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, the District of Columbia ranks first among states in per capita investment in the arts.
“The creative industry is one of the most prosperous business sectors in the District, in workforce numbers, ticket sales and tax revenue generation,” said DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Executive Director Gloria Nauden. “We also boast of more than 460 nonprofits in the city that self-identify as arts, humanities or cultural organizations.” “One of our priorities for disseminating the grants is to ensure that the process is demystified. Our staff is available to help artists and arts organizations develop the most effective grant application possible,” Nauden added.

The Commission offers free grant writing assistance.
The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities is an agency funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.
Click HERE for more information , or to receive a grant application, call (202) 724-5613.

Set-Up @ Artomatic

>The artists are out in force, setting up their artwork and info about the glass school.
Tim Tate and Erwin Timmers installing artwork.

Laurel Lukaszewski and Novie Trump setting up their ceramic artwork on Level 8.

Erwin Timmers works on the electrical connections.

Nancy Donnelly stops in from her artwork on Level 9 to see how progress is on Tim Tate’s artwork.

Duane Reed Gallery

>Duane Reed Gallery celebrated their 15th anniversary and relocation to the trendy Central West End in St Louis this May. The inaugural exhibition (May 15 – June 13) features fiber sculptor John McQueen and Washington Glass School artist Michael Janis.
L-R Merrill Straus, Duane Reed, Michael Janis, John McQueen, Glenn Scrivner, Gaby Schaefer Naus

Michael Janis talks about his work and techniques.

Washington Post On Glass School Anniversary Event


The Washington Post Weekend Section features the Glass School’s 8th Anniversary Open House. Come and join the artists – the surrounding art studios and the entire Gateway Arts District will be filled with events and celebrations!

Tim Tate ‘Red Devil Box’ photo by AnythingPhotographic

Washington Glass School Open House
Saturday May 16, 2009 Noon til 6 pm
3700 Otis Street, Mount Rainier, MD 20712

The event is free and open to the public
Click here for the Post’s article.