Matt Szosz Demos Inflating Fused Glass

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Matt Szosz Technique: Fused, Inflated Window Glass

Join us for a fascinating and unusual free demo to be held during CraftWeek DC and in cooperation with the James Renwick Alliance’s Spring Craft Weekend. Glass Weekend “Rising Star” Matt Szosz will be inflating fused sheets of glass into sculptural “envelopes”. Inflating hot glass is explosive – the stillness of the final form is belied by the frenetic urgency of the process. Join us while Matt Szosz shows an amazing kiln process experience. This is a great show!

Using glass and clouds as a material sources, much of Matthew’s work stems from experimentation with modes of manipulation. He is interested in developing new ways of transforming sheet glass when it is at fusing/casting temperatures to capture the tactile quality and the complex curves the material achieves when heated.


Artist Matt Szosz
Dates Sat April 24
Time 11 am – 1pm

Born in Rhode Island, Matthew Szosz has received a BFA, a BID (Industrial Design), and a MFA (Glass) from Rhode Island School of Design. He has worked professionally in art and art related fields in Rhode Island, New Mexico and California for the last ten years. Recently he has received the Pilchuck Scholarship, a Stein Fund Grant, the Award of Excellence in Graduate Studies from RISD and the Jutta Cuny-Franz Award in 2009.

Cast Glass as Public Artwork – Photos of the Case Study

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unless noted, all photos by Anything Photographic

The public artwork just completed by the Washington Glass Studio and Alonzo Davis for Prince George’s County Circuit Court was just photographed by Anything Photographic. The sculpture is made using the original bell tower cupola salvaged from the disastrous fire that destroyed the courthouse in 2004. The structure and copper dome were cleaned and made good, and modified to accommodate artwork elements that include cast recycled glass formed into images of the community and the legal system, sandcarved panels with the County Seals for each of the Counties served by the Circuit Court, and a neon bell symbolizing the original bell that would toll each day at 9.30 am when the Court was in session.
Titled “Rebirth and Renewal”, the artwork is testament to a proud community and its ability to overcome adversity.

Artwork neon lit at night : photo by Aisha Jordan


City Gallery’s Nancy Donnelly Show

>Glass artist Nancy Donnelly will be featured in a two-artist show at the new City Gallery in the trendy H Street corridor.
Her show “Light And Allusion” will include installation work by Nancy and paintings by Jill Finsen.

Nancy Donnelly “Birds” fused glass

Light And Allusion
May 1 – 29, 2010
Opening Reception with Artists Sat, May 1, 6-9pm

City Gallery
804 H Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002

202.468.4277

artdc Gallery Call For Artists: 12 x 12 Show

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artdc gallery at 5710 Baltimore Ave. Hyattsville, MD

Yep. It’s that time again! artdc Gallery has announced it invitation for its successful “12×12″ event.
In this all inclusive show artists are invited to submit art limited to one (1) square foot: 12”x12”.
Each 12”x12” space in the show had a $12 hanging fee.
Works will be submitted including, but not limited to, photography, painting, mixed media, sculpture, lead, ceramics, glass, and more.
This show has a 12% commission for sales in the gallery. All prices are limited to $300.
The opening on the 22nd of May and will run the same day as the Hyattsville Arts Festival, with lots to see.
Install Saturday May 1st, 2010 Reception / Party May 22nd in conjunction with the Hyattsville Arts Festival!
The artdc Gallery will install the work.

Make sure you get a spot, and pre-register HERE.
Some of the spots are already booked. To reserve multiple spots, click the button multiple times. $12.00 gets one spot. – there will be a number available.

Details:

-All inclusive show (limited by space)

-Art is limited to 1 square foot, 12”x12”.

-Art may be less than 12″ x 12″ but does not need to be square.

-Each 12”x12” space in the show had a $12 hanging fee.

-Each work requires a fee.
-Pre-Register 12 spaces and get an extra space for free.
-Works will be submitted including, but not limited to, photography, painting, mixed media, sculpture, lead, ceramics, glass, and more.

-12% commission for sales in the gallery.
-Prices are limited to $300.

-Patron’s of artdc get a $1 discount per work.

Install Saturday May 1st, 2010

Reception / Party May 22nd in conjunction with the Hyattsville Arts Festival.

Montgomery College Sculpture Exhibition

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April 15-May 10, 2010
Transmuting Craft
Curated by Megan Van Wagoner, this exhibition features the work of ceramic and glass artists who use these craft media along with metal and other traditional sculpture materials to make three-dimensional mixed-media art.
Artists include David D’Orio, Sarah Lindley, Greg Nangle, and John Williams.

The Opening Reception is Thursday, April 15, 2010, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Montgomery College Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus
The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Arts Center
930 King Street, Silver Spring, MD 20910

Gallery Hours M-F, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

240.567.1368

Busy Day at the Glass School

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John Hohenshelt talks kiln talk to Erwin Timmers.


Phew! What A Busy Day!

Turkish glass and mosaic artist Oguzhan Tugrul visited the glass school. “Oz” was visiting the US – he had also come to Istanbul‘s Glass Furnace when Tim Tate and Michael Janis were teaching there in the summer of 2007.

Oğuzhan Tuğrul started glass studies in antique window restoration in Canada in the 70′s. He taught western stained glass techniques in Turkey in the 80′s. This was followed by his research of 16th century Ottoman decorated tucco window making techniques. The new and advanced technique of glass fusion calligraphy was the result of his publication of traditional Turkish Islamic calligraphy with acid etching techniques on flash-glass. Moving on to further uncharted territory, Tuğrul designed 3D windows for futuristic architecture projects.




Oğuzhan Tuğrul shows a book of his work to Kirk Waldroff and Tim Tate.

Also today, John Hohenshelt of Paragon Kilns stopped in to talk about kilns and maintenance. The conversation was all about art, glass, and equipment.


John Hohenshelt, Tim Tate, Erwin Timmers and Michael Janis.

Social Networking Seminar

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Nora, The Piano Cat
click on image to jump to cat-certo video


Special Seminar: Social Networking and Marketing Your Art

This special seminar will be held during CraftWeek DC and in cooperation with the James Renwick Alliance’s Spring Craft Weekend. Come and explore with us the possibilities for advancing your artwork using today’s popular social networks. Get shows, sell your work, approach galleries, blogs, newspapers…. so many forms for the new face of art to investigate.

Find out how Tim Tate was able to turn a Facebook posting of a cat playing a piano into a show at New York’s Museum of Arts and Design – that alone is reason enough to participate in the seminar!

The seminar speakers are some of DC’s art stars that are at the forefront in the use of the internet and social media:

Rania Hassan studied art in college in Lebanon and moved to Washington to work for the White House. More recently, Rania has been getting attention for her alt-craft “knit paintings,” and last year she received an award from the James Renwick Alliance, which is affiliated with the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery. Rania has kept her day job working for the government but finds herself devoting every spare moment to her craft. She actively sells her artwork with Etsy, and Crafty Bastards.

Click HERE to jump to Washington Post article about Rania.

F.Lennox Campello studied art at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington. In 1996 he was the co-founder of the Fraser Gallery, a leading independently owned fine arts gallery in Washington, DC and he has been the recipient of many art awards as well as having exhibited widely in the United States, Latin America and Europe. He is also often heard on National Public Radio (in the USA) and the Voice of America discussing the visual arts from the Greater Washington, DC region. Lenny is an award-winning artist, and his art news blog; DC Art News is one of the highest ranked visual arts blogs in the Blogsphere. Lenny is well known for his “Boot Camp for Artists” seminars on how to survive as an artist.

Click HERE to see his website.

Tim Tate is the Co-founder and Co-Director of the Washington Glass School. He is a sculptor who has been working in glass, steel, concrete and ceramic since 1989. He oversaw a glass casting production studio in New Orleans for three years. Tate’s artwork has been shown in many galleries and museums including the permanent collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Mint Museum, the University of Richmond Art Museum and the University of Virginia Art Museum. Tim was the recipient of the 2009 Virginia A Groot Foundation Grant for his work in sculpture.

Click HERE to see his website.

Seminar 222 – Special Seminar: Social Networking and Marketing Your Art

Instructor Rania Hassan/ Tim Tate and F Lennox Campello
Date Saturday April 24
Time 1 pm – 3pm
Tuition $20

Click HERE to jump to the Washington Glass School class list & use PayPal form at top of webpage.

Spring Craft Weekend Approaches!

>More event updates for CraftWeek DC 2010 -
The
James Renwick Alliance
invites you to join them for an Après Dinner Reception and silent auction featuring unique, one-of –a kind craft items from regional and national artists. The reception consists of a delectable dessert buffet catered by Top Chef Season 5 finalist Carla Hall and will include the opportunity to mingle with art lovers and artists from the Washington area and beyond.


Carla Hall

Tickets are $50 and can be purchased online at http://www.jra.org/ or by calling 301-907-3888.
Proceeds from this event will help support the Renwick Gallery of the
Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Please RSVP by April 19, 2010.

When: Friday, April 23, 2010 from 9:00 PM – 11:30 PM.

Where: Long View Gallery
1234 9th St, NW
Washington, DC


Long View Gallery

Click HERE to jump to the Spring Craft Weekend JRA list of events.

Pecha Kucha with NoVA’s AIA

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As part of Architecture Week 2010, the Northern Virginia Chapter of the American Institute of Architects will have a Pecha Kucha mashup (a series of short slide presentations – approx 6 minutes each- on cool, entertaining topics held where conversation, ideas and drinks can flow) – and I am one of the scheduled speakers – talking about art, architecture and glass (so you know it will be a cool and entertaining night!). Other speakers include: Kevin Wyllie, Architect, Catholic University School of Architecture; Ron Anzalone, Archeologist; Tom Kamm, Theatrical Stage Designer; Chul Park, Graphic Artist, Forest Allread, Artist, Corcoran School of Art; Brian Frickie, Architect; and others.

Come and join us! – A great way to meet other artists, architects and designers – @ the Light Horse Restaurant in the Old Town section of Alexandria.

What: NoVA’s AIA PechaKucha 20 x 20 Night
When: April 13
Doors open at 6:00p with presentations beginning at 7:00p
Where:
Light Horse Restaurant & Bar, 715 King Street Alexandria, VA.
Enjoy food and drink and discover a fun way to share ideas and experiences as presenters illustrate something they are passionate about with only 20 images, shown for 20 seconds each. The event is free, although attendees will be purchasing their own refreshments. Reservations are not required.

Kiln Klassics

>The Washington Glass School’s kilns are all from the same manufacturer – Paragon Kilns. The president of Paragon, John Hohenshelt, will be at the Washington Glass School next Tuesday, April 13, 2010 from 2-4pm and will be available for you to ask questions (in person only) about kilns; how to choose the best kiln for your use; how to repair insulated firebrick; relay questions; what new kilns are coming out; what is Mesquite, Texas really like.

John Hohenshelt and the Paragon Iguana Kiln

Paragon is having a video competition where the prize is one of their kilns – for more info – click
HERE.

The contest ends midnight, August 31, 2010, central time.