Glass Art Society Seeks 2012 Proposals

Glass Pavilion at the Toledo Museum of Art
Photo courtesy of floto + warner

The Glass Art Society Board of Directors is requesting proposals for lectures, lec-mo’s, demonstrations and panels for the 2012 Toledo, Ohio conference relating to the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Studio Glass “Roots” in America.
You do not need to be a member of GAS to submit a presentation proposal.

Glass Art Society 42nd Annual Conference
Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Studio Glass “Roots” in America
Toledo, Ohio June 13-16, 2012

OCTOBER 25, 2010

Click HERE to jump to GAS’ submission requirements.

Digital Technologies & Contemporary Craft

>An interesting article was put out by Craft Australia, Australia’s craft advocacy organization: US based artist and design professor Donald Fortescue comments on recent work by craftspeople in the US which embraces digital technology. He defines the notions of sensuality, narrative and anachronism in this work and argues that digital technology is congruent with the core values of the crafts. He concludes that the challenge for artists and designers is to understand and become fluent not only with the technologies themselves but the meanings they carry with them.

“There has been an interesting trend in the last 10 years or so for many contemporary craft artists in the US to incorporate what has been called ‘new’ or more strictly ‘digital’ technology in their work. This might seem at odds with the very definition of craft practice with its emphasis on ‘hand work’, the primacy of the sensual and the honoring of traditions and historical precedents…”

“The crafts are often seen as outmoded and behind the times, clinging to technologies somehow inappropriate or rendered quaint by the proliferating ‘new’ technologies. However, clay and glass drinking vessels have been part of human culture for thousands of years. How long will the PET bottle be around for?

Similarly digital technologies while having the glamor of new and cool are arguably more distinctly artifacts of a moment in time. Technologically attuned craft artists are re-contextualizing old and new technologies and in doing so questioning the values we attribute to each.”

Many of Donald’s points are made using images from the
recent exhibition The New Materiality – Digital Dialogues at the Boundaries of Contemporary Craft at the Fuller Museum of Craft (Brockton, Massachusetts), including the work Virtual Novelist by Tim Tate.

Tim Tate, Virtual Novelist, 2008, Blown and Cast Glass, Electronic Components, Original Video,

Photographer: Anything Photographic

Click HERE to jump to Donald’s full review.

Anatomy of a Site-Specific Artwork Project


Vanderbilt University medical complex in Nashville, Tennessee, a leader in patient care, medical education, nursing education, and research, just opened its new Critical Care Tower, a 329,000-square-foot multi level addition. The University commissioned the Washington Glass Studio to create cast glass panels for the nurse’s stations on a number of floors within the new hospital.

Working with the architects on the project, the artwork commission was refined. The art panels would have to perform many duties – besides providing a screen to each floor’s nurse work area, allowing light to beyond, it would also need to block the viewing of sensitive papers and office equipment, as well as being a striking sculpture that would define the entry of each floor.

Design Concept

The initial concept design for the artwork at each floor’s nurse stations.

Preliminary artwork rendering layout. The inspiration was to bring a contemplative sense of nature into the hospital.

We wanted to bring the natural word into the medical center. Our goal was to give the patients and caregivers a place that felt restful – a place of healing and renewal. Our inspiration for the artwork was to have the feel of swirling masses of delicate oak, poplar, tulip, ginko and maple leaves in an autumn breeze. Each leaf is detailed, including curved stems and crisp leaf veins. The different level of the hospital would have unique swirling leaf patterns, allowing for differentiation and orientation.

One of the cast float glass panels inside the kiln.

Studio artist Nicole Puzan cleans and preps the cooled and annealed glass panel.

The kilncasting process started with making one-of-a-kind molds inside the kilns. The glass is placed atop the mold, and then fired to temperatures up to 1600 degrees F, and then annealed – over two days. The glass is then removed, cleaned and rough areas are ground and polished. As the panels were sequential, each section was mapped out and compared to each companion panel.

Typical nurse station cast artglass panel.

Typical nurse station reverse.

Detail of cast glass leaf pattern.


Front view of artwork.

View of panels showing leaf detailing.

The Washington Glass Studio artglass project team: Tim Tate, Michael Janis, Erwin Timmers and Nicole Puzan and Robert Kincheloe.

Blown Out Of Proportion


Gigantic blown glass objects are a hallmark of artist John Miller.

John Miller’s “Hot Stuff” exhibition at Hodge Gallery in Pittsburgh Glass Center
July 2 thru Sept 26, 2010

The Washington Glass School Blog first wrote of John when he was one of the featured artists at the 2009 Wheaton Arts Glass Weekend Relay Competition.

Click HERE to jump to a video of the relay team of Tim Tate, John Miller, Laura Donefer and Marc Petrovic.

Tim Tate, Marc Petrovic and John Miller at 2009 Wheaton Arts Glass Relay

John is an assistant professor and head of the glass department at Illinois State University in Bloomington-Normal, IL.

“Hot Stuff” features John’s Claes Oldenburg-like, over-sized goblets and glassware including martini and daiquiri glasses – some holding as much as five gallons – and some super-sized fast food from his “Blue Plate Special”.

Says John in his artist statement:
My work reflects both a love of the immediacy of the glass material and a respect for its demanding properties. Some pieces are very formal and about glass and how it moves; others envelope a sense of humor and playfulness. I am always interested in pushing the medium to its heights. My work is about control and proportion as much as it is about finding new textures and forms... While looking through images of the work of Pop artist’s from the 1960′s, something clicked for me. Previously, I had been making artwork that revolved around serious topics. I felt that this work revealed only one side of me. The predominant side of my personality is very loose and comical, but this had not come out yet artistically.
One of my main influences growing up was the silent comedy genius of Buster Keaton. Although humor was central to his art, he was intensely serious about his work. I feel our approach to the creative process is similar. Keaton managed to find a balance between his difficult life and his brilliant slapstick gags. Similarly, I try to find equilibrium between the intensity of glass blowing and the humor which can be found in art and the art making process.”

Click HERE to jump to the Pittsburgh Tribune review of John’s show.

Pittsburgh Glass Center
Hodge Gallery
5472 Penn Avenue

Pittsburgh, PA 15206

Tel: 412-365-2145

Transitions @ Urban Glass


Urban Glass in Brooklyn, NY

Founded in 1977 as the New York Experimental Glass Workshop, Brooklyn’s UrbanGlass was the first artist-access hot glass centers in the United States and is now the largest. In addition to the artist-access studio, UrbanGlass offers a program of classes, workshops and intensives at every skill level. In 2005, Washington Glass School’s Michael Janis studied narrative glass techniques, which he now teaches at WGS. Next year, Urban Glass and its Robert Lehman Gallery will begin a renovation that will transform the facility into a state-of-the-art, energy efficient studio.

Robert Lehman Gallery

To capture the pivotal moment in the institutional transition, the gallery held a juried competition, titled “Transitions” and sought experimental, innovative and/or visually compelling works on a large or small scale that highlight transition: the juncture of endings, beginnings, transformations, and changes.
will be the final show to be held in the Robert Lehman Gallery until the renovation and expansion project is complete.
This group exhibition was juried by Jennifer Scanlan, associate curator, Museum of Arts & Design; Courtney J. Wendroff, visual arts director, Brooklyn Arts Council; Dave Altman, co-chair, Urbanites; and Alan Iwamura, visual artist.

Again and Again Michael Janis
21″ x 21″ kilncast glass, glass powder imagery, steel, 2010

TRANSITIONS: Artists of UrbanGlass
September 16, 2010 – December 22, 2010

Opening Reception: Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Featuring work by:

Jane Bruce
Victoria Calabro
Joseph Cavalieri
Eunsuh Choi
Kanik Chung
Kelsey Harrington
Adam Holtzinger
Michael Janis
Solange Ledwith
Yuka Otani
Pamela Sabroso
Hiroshi Takizawa
Miguel Unson

UrbanGlass is located at 647 Fulton Street in the historic former Strand Theater in Brooklyn’s burgeoning BAM Cultural District.

DC Artist Fellowship Exhibition at Smith Farm Gallery


The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities held the opening of their exhibition of visual artists that are competing for the 2011 DCCAH Artist Fellowship at Smith Farm’s Joan Hisaoka Gallery on Friday, Sept 13, 2010. Here are some shots of the gallery and the range of the artwork.

Artist Nancy Donnelly next to her flying glass birds “Trio”.

Visitor contemplates Sean Hennessey‘s cast glass and concrete “The Measure of Value”.

Top Left: Pat Goslee‘s “Pearling”; Below Left: Rania Hassan‘s mixed media “Ktog 29 (Knit Together)”; Right: Scott Brooks‘ “Patience”.

Top Left: Elaine Langerman‘s “Poem/Painting #1″; Below left: Tim Tate‘s glass and electronic “Safe In My Nest”; Right: Michael Janis‘ “Altered Memories”.

Left: Sondra Arkin‘s “Edge of Spring”; Center Top: Alec Simpson’s “Postcard From Berlin”; Below Center: Kate Macdonnell‘s “Median”; Right: Rex Weil’s “Hotland Vista #3″.

Les than one third of the artists will be selected to receive the fellowship – the selection committee has their work cut out for them! The exhibition runs thru August 25.

The Joan Hisaoka Gallery
at Smith Farm Center
1632 U Street, NW, Washington DC, 20009
August 13 – 25, 2010

MOG interviews Kari Russell-Pool


Marc Petrovic and Kari Russell-Pool

One of our favorite lampworkers is the lovely Kari Russell-Pool. Kari and her husband Marc Petrovic were here at DC Glass Works earlier in the year.

The Connecticut-based glass artist is in Tacoma, Washington as part of the Museum of Glass’ Visiting Artist Series, in partnership with Pilchuck Glass School.
The MOG has a has an interview with Kari online – Click HERE to jump to MOG’s website.

Book ‘Em Danno

>Located in Altglen, PA, Schiffer Publishing has over 3100 titles, including books that range from Contemporary Scrimshaw to Historic Cape Cod Architecture to A Pictorial History of Cigar Box Labels. This year, Schiffer has a number of coffee-table art books on track that feature artists from the Washington Glass School.

The first book on the stands is Creative Glass by Danijela Kracun and Charles McFadden. Tim Tate‘s work is showcased on a number of pages, and other glass artists include Ned Cantrell, Bandhu Scott Dunham, Judith Schaechter, Diego Tolomelli, and Ian Sheldon, along with over 100 other artists and 582 color photos.

Other Schiffer artbooks that include WGS artists scheduled to be out in the coming year include: 100 Mid Atlantic Artists, Recycled Glass Sculpture and Design, Steam Punk, Art Glass Today and 100 Washington, DC Artists.

Looking to get busy with some books!

DC Commission On The Arts & Humanities AFP Exhibition


The DCCAH announces the 2011 Artist Fellowship Program (AFP) exhibition, opening this coming Friday. The DC Commission AFP offers grants to individual artists who make a significant contribution to the arts and who strive to promote the arts in the District of Columbia. This year’s show is held at the Smith Farm Gallery on U Street. Interestingly, about a half dozen of the artists in the fellowship show are included in Lenny Campello‘s book on Washington DC artists – the book that has created a bit of controversy regarding the press coverage that has surrounded the yet-to-be-published tome.

Exhibition Details:
Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery at Smith Farm Center

1632 U St NW

Washington, DC
Opening Night:Friday, August 13, 2010 at 6:00pm
Gallery Hours: Wed. – Friday 11am-5pm, Sat. 11am-3pm
Exhibition Closes: Wednesday, August 25th, 2010, 5pm

For more information, contact Moshe Adams at or (202) 724-5613

Exhibiting Artists include: Adam Davies, Alec Simpson, Alexandra Silverthorne, Andrew Wodzianski, Anna U. Davis, Beatrice Delmonte, Bernard Smith, Bruce McKaig, Colin Winterbottom, Cory Oberndorfer, Dana Jeri Maier, Daniel Brooking, Donald Benjamin, Elaine Langerman, Elizabeth Wyrsch, Gediyon Kifle, James Brown Jr., James L. Hicks II, Jason Haber, Jenna Buckingham, Jenny Walton, Joanne S. Kent, John James Anderson, Joshua Cogan, Joshua Yospyn, Judy A. Southerland, Katharine MacDonnell, Kenneth George, Lely Constantinople, Leslie Talusan, Anne Marchand, Marta Perez Garcia, Michael Dax Iacovone, Michael Janis, Nancy Donnelly, Nicole Aguirre, Patricia C. Goslee, Patricia Tobacco Forrester, Patrick Michael Beldio, Peter Dueker, Rachel Beamer, Rania Salah Hassan, Rex Weil, Rik Freeman, Roderick Turner, Scott G. Brooks, Sean Hennessey, Sheila Crider, Sondra N. Arkin, Terrance E. Biddle, Tim Tate

The Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery at Smith Farm Center
1632 U St NW, Washington DC, 20009

Working in the Studio – Tim Tate


Seasonal Changes by Tim Tate
photography by
Anything Photographic

Glass-meister Tim Tate is working on some new series for SOFA Chicago in November. Here is a sneak peak at some of the works he is completing.
Tim’s series “Seasonal Changes” incorporates cast and blown glass, electronics and videos. Mr Tate has been working non-stop on work for this and a number of other major shows – keep posted for pics of some of his other projects as they complete!

Spring Awakening
Blown and Cast Glass, Electronics, Video
18 x 7 x 7
Inside are cast glass sprouting crocus bulbs. On the top finial is a bouquet of cast glass flowers. The video is a time lapse of flowers opening and closing.

Autumn Transformations
Blown and Cast Glass, Electronics, Video
18 x 8 x 8
Inside are cast chrysanthemums, top finials is covered in dozens of cast glass acorns. Video is of ripe grain in a soft wind.

Autumn Transformations (detail)
Blown and Cast Glass, Electronics, Video
18 x 8 x 8

Winter Warmth
Blown and Cast Glass, Electronics, Video
18 x 8 x 8
Inside are cast glass snowflakes and pine cones. The finial is of holly surrounding a teapot. The video is a city scape of rooftops with snow falling.

Summer Dreamin’
Blown and Cast Glass, Electronics, Video
18 x 8 x 8
Inside are stacks of watering cans. Video is of light reflecting off a swimming pool

Summer Dreamin’ (detail)
Blown and Cast Glass, Electronics, Video
18 x 8 x 8