Tim Tate featured on National Public Radio Monday


All Things Considered

Mon. August 3, 2009, 4:20 p.m. WAMU 88.5

Tim Tate talks about art & technology and his glass artwork in the ‘All Things Considered’ show this coming Monday, Aug 3rd – scheduled for airing around 4.20 pm (DC area broadcast time, check your local listings for air time).

Click HERE for link to NPR article
Click HERE for link to NPR blog

SALVAGE: Reclaiming Recycling


What We Leave Behind cast recycled glass, steel

Erwin Timmers

The Phillips Museum of Art selected our eco-artist Erwin Timmers’ recycled cast glass artwork for an innovative exhibit “SALVAGE: Reclaiming Recycling.” Works in the exhibit were chosen from a national call to artists.

With current emphasis on green initiatives, the exhibit, “comprising 100% used and found objects, will challenge people to rethink their relationships with ‘disposable’ objects,” said Christine Batta, one of the curators. “We want to challenge artists to reduce their carbon footprint, while making the public more aware of the different ways one can be more sustainable” added co-curator Nicole DeAugustine.

The exhibition opens on September 10 and will run through October 30, 2009 in the Rothman Gallery and the Sally Mather Gibson Curriculum Gallery at the Museum.

An artists’ reception and awards presentation will take place Saturday, Sept. 19 at 1 PM.

The Phillips Museum of Art

700 College Ave, Lancaster, PA 17603

Changes to Bullseye Glass Anneal Temperature

>Goodbye 960
Unless you’re living under a rock you already know that fused glass manufacturer, Bullseye, quietly announced that it is changing its standard annealing tables. The recommended anneal soak temperature drops to 900F from 960F.

According to Ted Sawyer, who runs BE’s research and education department, the closer you get to the strain point of soda-lime glass, the less time you need to spend in anneal soak. Stress in the glass relaxes more quickly at 900 than it does at 960.

Shorter anneals are advantageous for folk who make a living with glass art, since it means they spend less time in production with every piece. It could shave 200 hours off the schedule for an 8-inch thick kilncast piece. And if the glass is cooling over a shorter temperature range, the risk of breaking may be less.

Bullseye also emphasized (strongly) that there’s nothing wrong with the old schedules. They can still be used.

BE does not have all their new tables online, but here is their thick annealing schedule: Bullseye_annealing_thick_slabs

artDC call for entries: ZIP Code Show

>artdc.org and Art Outlet are partnering with Halstead Arlington, a luxury apartment community in South Arlington, and the Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization, to present The ZIP Code Show, an event featuring artists and their relationships with their surroundings. The show will be held at Halstead Arlington, 1028 South Walter Reed Drive, Arlington, VA, 5:30 pm – 12:00 am, August 29 and September 5, 2009.

For the show, artists were asked to use ZIP codes and other postal code schema as a jumping off point for personal dialogues with the physical, biological, and cultural features of the earth. A team from Art Outlet and artdc.org is curating their ideas and strategies into an polyvalent exploration of artists’ personal geographies, which range from the private sanctuaries of home to public memories and actions.Artists will be on hand to talk about their pieces at the show’s two evenings, which will include indoor and sidewalk live art and performances, and yours-for-a-donation summer libations.
They are still accepting artist registrations for more info:

Inflatable Float Glass


One of the ‘Rising Star’s honored at Wheaton Arts this year at Glass Weekend is Matthew Szosz .
Matt has received a BFA, a BID (Industrial Design), and a MFA (Glass) from Rhode Island School of Design. Recently he has received the Pilchuck Scholarship, a Stein Fund Grant and the Award of Excellence in Graduate Studies from RISD. He was an Artist in Residence at Pilchuck in 2007, and a Wheaton Fellow in 2008.

Matt gets his elemental energy out inflating fused sheets of float glass into sculptural glass “envelopes”. Hot glass is explosive – the stillness of the final form is belied by the frenetic urgency of the process.

Matthew describing his technique @ Wheaton

Washington Glass School at Wheaton Arts Biennial 2009


General view of Maurine Littleton Gallery space

Millville, NJ’s glass-centric biennial at historic Wheaton Arts was just held. Maurine Littleton Gallery featured the work of Washington Glass School artists Tim Tate, Allegra Marquart and Michael Janis. The events over the weekend included a collector virtual shopping spree – where 4 noted collectors and curators were asked to photograph and present works on exhibit that they would purchase if they each had $250,000. Artwork by Allegra Marquart was selected by Jon Liebman, and a number of Michael Janis’ glass panels were selected by Chis Rifkin.

Michael Janis’ glass panels

Allegra Marquart’s sandcarved panels; Tim Tate’s reliquaries on left.

Tim Tate was honored as a ‘Rising Star for the 21st Century’ and his work was on display at the Museum of American Glass. Tim, along with Marc Petrovic, John Miller, and Laura Donefer participated in a Glass Relay Competition demo.

Glass Relay demo in the hotshop at Wheaton

Tim Tate, Marc Petrovic, John Miller

Cast glass elements by Tim Tate being integrated with blown glass.

Pepe! The Musical opens this week!


The original ad as it appeared in Monster Magazine 1968

Pepe! The Mail Order Monkey Musical opens off (off) Broadway as part of the Capital Fringe Festival. Quotes that appeared in the Washington Post Weekend section include “It’s ‘Les Miz,’ with a monkey.” High praise – indeed!

Pepe is a collaborative piece created by a team of theater professionals, composers, visual artists and film friends. This one-act, Broadway-style musical is based on an infamous true tale told by world-renowned glass artist Tim Tate — in the spring of 1968, two young brothers test suburban conventions when they order a live monkey from an ad they saw in a comic book.

Also – some special guest star appearances in the musical: Performances on July 15 and 18 will feature legendary TV Host Dick Dyszel , on July 24, “Top Chef” Favorite Carla Hall will perform in the show, and on July 22 & 25, glass sculptor extraordinaire Tim Tate will be part of the cast.


July 15 : 9:30 p.m.
July 18 : 5:30 p.m.
July 22 : 5:45 p.m.
July 24 : 10:30 p.m.
July 25 : 8 p.m.

Venue: Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church
900 Massachusetts Ave. NW

Washington Post article about the musical – CLICK HERE
Capital Fringe Festival link for tickets – CLICK HERE
Pepe Lives website – CLICK HERE

Erwin Timmers goes West

>The Taos Insitute for Glass Art hosts an annual juried nation-wide competition, showcasing 40 years of Studio Art Glass. Erwin Timmers’ cast recycled glass and steel panels were selected by two of the participating galleries; 203 Fine Art, and Hulse Warman Gallery. Both galleries will show Erwin’s work during the events. Congratulations Erwin!

203 Fine Art
203 Ledoux Street
Taos, NM

Hulse Warman Gallery
222 Paseo Del Pueblo Norte
Taos, NM

July 16 – August 16, 2009

Opening Reception July 18, 2009