S’more Bullseye Roll-ups


Dave D’Orio puffs out a piece gaffered by Michael Showalter. Kate Pick oversees her work.

The BE roll-up class was so much fun – another day was scheduled – it has become an addiction!

above: Ida Miggins below: Nancy Donnelly

The artists investigated more complex fused and blown shapes and forms. Thanks to Mike Showalter and Dave D’Orio over at DC GlassWorks .

Michael Janis’ sgraffitto piece blown out.

Artist Opportunity

The BlackRock Center for the Arts gallery is a fantastic showplace consisting of 1500 square feet of exquisite gallery space. With its high white walls and beautiful windows strategically placed, this gorgeous gallery allows in just the right amount of natural light. Black Rock is located at 12901 Town Commons Drive Germantown, MD in upper Montgomery County, about 20 minutes from the Capital Beltway (495).

They currently have a Call to Artists and the call is open to all artists residing in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC over the age of 18. Artwork shown is original artwork only. All work must be ready for sale and to be presented in a professional manner to the public at the time of delivery.

This call will cover exhibits in the gallery from September 2010 through August 2011. An exhibit may include one applicant or a combination of applicants, based on the judgment of jurors (i.e., 1 or 2 wall artists may be combined with a pedestal artist). A jury will select the artists and create eight exhibits to be included in the exhibit year. The jury panel is comprised of and gallerist Elyse Harrison, Jodi Walsh, and Lenny Campello.

Jurying: First Week of December
Notification: Early January
Exhibit Year: Sept. 2010 – Aug. 2011

How to apply: All correspondence will be done by e-mail, so contact Kimberly Onley, the Gallery Coordinator at konley@blackrockcenter.org and ask her to email you a prospectus.

Click HERE to read the prospectus

Glass Microbiology


Smallpox, HIV and an ‘Untitled Future Mutation’

E. coli

SARS Corona Virus

Multidisciplinary UK artist Luke Jerram worked in collaboration with glassblowers Kim George, Brian Jones and Norman Veitch to create a stunning series of glass virus sculptures. Created over a period of 5 years in consultation with virologists from the University of Bristol, the transparent glass sculptures were created to contemplate the global impact of each disease and to consider how the artificial colouring of scientific imagery affects our understanding of phenomena.
Beautiful, deadly works.
For more information on Luke Jerram and his work & slide show of other microbes and virus sculptures, click

Sean Hennessey Works In Plaster & Glass

>Studio Artist Sean Hennessey is shown here working on his series of cast glass and concrete panels.

Sean measures his glass and sketches his compositions.

Sean makes his panels using the dry plaster casting method, from float glass. He then renders the surface with other materials such as oxidized concrete and acid stains.

Sean creates a mold in the kilns

Sean’s glass and steel panels were one of the hits of the recent Artomatic.

The dry plaster technique that Sean uses is taught in the Washington Glass School class #928 – Bas Relief in Glass (taught by our Nicole Puzan). This class is starting soon – check it out! Click HERE to jump to the class schedule.

Bullseye Roll-Up Class


Kilncast glass got the blown glass treatment in the roll-up class this past weekend. The class explored the innovative glass working method often referred to as “the Australian Roll-Up” – a technique that allows the artist to blow 3-dimensional forms without the necessity of a furnace and allows for an extended time for focused design of the patterning, as compared to the faster pace required for traditional hot glass.

This class combined working on both the
Washington Glass School and at DC GlassWorks allowing for a fun cross-pollination of ideas and techniques.

Nancy’s flat fused glass

Nancy Donnelly torches her glass on a pastorelli

Rolling up the glass panel

Bringing the ends together

Mike Showalter shapes while Nancy gives a bench blow.

The finished piece.

The other class roll-ups:

The Glass School Gets A Wax Job!


The Washington Glass School held its Painting With Wax: Encaustic Weekend Workshop this past week. Artist Ellyn Weiss taught a great workshop where the students learned to paint and collage with wax.

Ellyn Weiss demos

Melting color pots

Working with color and wax.

The class participates in the critique of the finished artwork.

The students created several masterpieces over the two day course.

Kirkin Out The Studio

>Artist Kirk Waldroff has been working on a new series of cast glass panels that relate to his wood block prints. Kirk is creating a number of panels for his solo show at NoVa College’s Waddell Gallery in January.

Titled “Saints And Fables” the art series was created by combining traditional printmaking with glass sculpting techniques.
In practice, he has developed an original process that allows him to expand on the printmaking traditions. His imagery was created with the thought that “we can never know where true saints are hidden- rather that they may emerge from the lowest of places”.

Click HERE to jump to Kirk’s website

Erwin Timmers Work in New Book


Our leader of sustainable design – Erwin Timmers – has his artwork made from recycled glass included in a new book out next month – “1000 Ideas for Creative Reuse” by Garth Johnson. Featuring 21st Century craft and design, it is an inventive collection of cutting edge work made from recycled, upcycled, repurposed and reused items.

ISBN: 9781592535408
Due November 2009

1000 photos/illustrations
320 Pages

The author, Garth Johnson is a studio artist, writer and educator, in addition to maintaining the website “Exteme Craft“. Garth writes for CRAFT magazine and his writing has been featured in museum catalogs, magazines, and books worldwide, including a contribution to the upcoming book Handmade Nation from Princeton Architectural Press. Garth is currently a full-time instructor at College of the Redwoods in Eureka, CA.

Click HERE for the publishers link to the book.

Erwin Timmers teaches about the use of recycled materials in an upcoming class “Recycled Your Glass” – a great class to take to see how you can become part of the Green Movement in glass! Erwin’s class takes place over three nights, Nov 4, 11, 18. Click HERE to see the class info.