The Party Was A Blast!

>This weekend, the Washington Glass School celebrated its 10th Anniversary with a big birthday bash held at Long View Gallery, where the exhibit Artists of the Washington Glass School: The First Ten Years was held. The critically acclaimed show had sold very well – much to the delight of both the gallery and the artists! Altho the Long View Gallery show is over – there still is time to catch work by the students of the Washington Glass School – over at Gallery 555dc - on exhibit until the end of June.

A big thanks to our artists, students, instructors, family, friends, supporters, aficionados – we all appreciate the love and support that allowed us to reach this milestone! Washington Glass School

Anne Plant describes her work.

Absorbed in the works.

Awesome Washington Glass School cake by theatrical designer Marie Schneggenburger.

Tim Tate lights the 10 birthday candles.

Directors Erwin Timmers, Tim Tate and Michael Janis lead the cheering and singing.

Blowing out the candles.

Altho this show is over :(

There will be more events and fun coming up, as the Washington Glass School moves on to the Next Ten Years.

It was a fun party..sigh…

GlassWeekend 2011


Tim Tate‘s video reliquaries on exhibit.

The international biennial glass symposium – GlassWeekend – was just held at Wheaton Arts in Millville, New Jersey – home of the Creative Glass Center of America and the Museum of American Glass.

The biennial event brings together artists, collectors, galleries and museum curators for a three-day weekend of exhibitions, lectures, demonstrations and social events.

Seven artists were chosen as “RISING STARS”, featured at GlassWeekend. The title of “Rising Star” indicates that these are the artists that the glass organizations believe to be the future of the medium.

Our Michael Janis was selected as a “Rising Star” by the Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass and the Creative Glass Center of America.

“Rising Star” artist Michael Janis at Maurine Littleton Gallery space. Photo: Linda Greene – AACG

Maurine Littleton Gallery space at GlassWeekend.

Allegra Marquart, Kari Russell-Pool & Paul Stankard take a break in the woods.

Allegra Marquart‘s work at Maurine Littleton Gallery.

The exhibition is a great snapshot on the direction the studio art glass movement is heading. The movement will hit the 50 years mark next year, and it is interesting to note that of the 16 “Rising Stars” named in the past two biennials, only 2 of them are traditional glass blowers, 1 is a ladle caster and the rest are warm glass artists. Does this mean that the glass world is finally giving kilnforming its props? One hopes!

Sibylle Peretti‘s work at Heller Gallery.

Mielle Riggie‘s (another Rising Star) kilncast dresses at Morgan Contemporary Glass

“Rising Star” artists discuss the medium during a panel discussion. L-R Michael Janis, Julius Weiland & Sungsoo Kim. Photo: Linda Greene – AACG

Kari Russell-Pool discussing her torchwork artwork in Duane Reed Gallery’s space.

Click HERE to jump to some more photos of the artwork on exhibit at GlassWeekend 2011.

The Atlantic City press has a nice mention of the events – click HERE to jump to the article.

Happy Birthday to US!


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Join the artists of the Washington Glass School as they celebrate their 10th Anniversary with a birthday bash at Long View Gallery. The exhibit “Artists of the Washington Glass School: The First 10 Years” will close that night, and a party to celebrate is in order!

If you haven’t seen the show that is a Washington Post Newspaper “Editor’s Pick” – here is your chance! (If you have, come see it again!)

Washington Glass School
10th Anniversary Party
Long View Gallery
1234 9th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
Sunday, June 19th, 2011
2-5 pm

Click here to jump to the Post’s art critic Michael O’Sullivan’s review of the exhibit.

Glass History Lesson – Harvey Littleton 1962 Workshops


As well as being an influential and successful glass artist, Harvey Littleton is known as an outspoken advocate of arts education. He organized the first hot glass course within an American University, which in turn promoted the idea of glass as a valid course of study across university art departments in the Midwest and North Eastern United States. He famously stated that ‘Technique is Cheap’, and fueled debate around the role and importance to the artist of material versus technique and the impact of content in the creation of glass art.

Harvey K Littleton

During the 1950s, studio ceramics and other craft media in the U.S. began to gain in popularity and importance, and artists interested in glass looked for new paths outside industry sources. At that time, access to glass was only through industrial production. Students were not taught hands-on techniques with the material; the craft of working with hot glass was still taught at the factories, under the apprenticeship system. The catalyst for the development of studio glass was Harvey Littleton, a teaching ceramist at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.

Informed by his own background in the material (he grew up in the shadow of Corning Glassworks, where his father headed Research and Development during the 1930′s), Harvey started experimenting with hot glass in his studio in 1958. He eventually realized that his desire to develop studio glassblowing could become a reality after experiencing limited success with his own glassblowing experiments.

The 1962 Toledo Workshop program

Harvey joined forces with the Toledo Museum of Art, the site of the “birth” of the American Studio Glass movement during two historic glassblowing workshops in 1962. He worked with glass research scientist Dominick Labino, who successfully devised a small, inexpensive furnace in which glass could be melted and worked, making it affordable and possible for the first time for artists to blow glass in independent studios.

Harvey Littleton subsequently started a glass program at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, and some of his early students were Dale Chihuly, Marvin Lipofsky, and Fritz Dreisbach, all artists who have played seminal roles in raising the awareness of studio glass around the world.Source: CMOG

As GlassWeekend 2011 gets started, The Washington Glass School Blog visited with Harvey’s daughter Maurine Littleton at her art gallery in Washington, DC, as she prepared for the exhibition. Maurine brought out some of the early glass pieces made by Harvey at the workshops.

Maurine Littleton discusses the early Harvey Littleton pieces. In the background are Harvey Littleton works ca 1986.

Two Harvey Littleton vases from the 1962 Toledo workshop. The pieces are engraved on the bottom with Harvey’s name and date.

Harvey’s first pieces in blown glass were, like his earlier works in pottery, functional forms: vases, bowls and paperweights. His breakthrough to non-functional form came in 1963 when, with no purpose in mind, he remelted and finished a glass piece that he had earlier smashed in a fit of anger. The object lay in his studio for several weeks before he decided to grind the bottom. As Harvey recounts in his 1971 book Glassblowing: A Search for Form, he brought the object into the house where “it aroused such antipathy in my wife that I looked at it much more closely, finally deciding to send it to an exhibition. Its refusal there made me even more obstinate, and I took it to New York … I later showed it to the curators of design at the Museum of Modern Art. They, perhaps relating it to some other neo-Dada work in the museum, purchased it for the Design Collection.”

Harvey’s birthday is June 14th – he turns 89 this year. Everyone here at the Washington Glass School sends Harvey Best Wishes for a Happy Birthday!

The Smithsonian Institution has a fascinating oral history interview with Harvey – made in 2001. Click HERE to jump to the SI web-link.

Artist Talk at Long View Gallery


Washington Glass School 10th Anniversary Exhibit Artist Talk

This weekend, Long View Gallery held an artist talk, where the aficionados of glass sculpture joined the artists from the Washington Glass School’s 10 year exhibition in a lively discussion of the thoughts, processes and inspirations behind the works on exhibit.

Tim Tate describes Elizabeth Mears & Tex Forrest’s collaborative steel & glass sculpture “The Three

Sean Hennessey describes his cast concrete & glass process.

Debra Ruzinsky talks about what inspired her in the concept for Sugar Bomb #3. This work is one of the Washington Post art critic Michael O’Sullivan’s favorites in the show.

Tim Tate discusses how printmaker Kirk Waldroff translates his print techniques into glass.

Allegra Marquart describes her sand carving technique, and how she integrates tack-fused elements in her narrative panels.

Erwin Timmers describes the lost-wax techniques he uses with recycled glass.

Michael Janis describes how Jeff Zimmer builds depth to his glass imagery.

Artist Cheryl Derricotte enjoyed talking of how her cast glass piece is part of the Arts in Hand project.

Artist Jackie Greeves describes how she avoids coldworking on her fused glass artwork panels.

Michael Janis speaks for kayaker Syl Mathis’s integration of cast recycled glass and steel into his boat series.

Tim Tate talks about the use of new media in glass.

The most delightful part of the talk was when the environmental themed work of Alison Sigethy was discussed. Alison was not able to be part of at the talk, and one of the audience jumped in wanting to talk on her behalf, as Alison’s work is one of her favorites.

The audience provided new insights to Alison Sigethy’s work.

Coming up – there is a Washington Glass School 10 Year Anniversary celebration that will be held at the Long View Gallery, Sunday, June 19, from 2-5 pm.

Washington Glass School: The First 10 Years

LongView Gallery
1234 9th Street, NW, Washington, DC

Opening at Gallery 555


Gallery 555DC

The champagne opening of the Washington Glass School student exhibition at Gallery 555 in downtown Washington, DC was this weekend.

Sculpture works by F to R: Robert Kincheloe, Brenda Dean, Teddie Hathaway, Erin Antognoli, Patrick Truby.

Many long-time friends and students of the glass school stopped in, and catching up with them and with the artists and students exhibiting at the gallery – is was a lot of fun!

Here are some pix from the opening: The exhibit will be up the rest of the month – get in to see the work first-hand!

Artists Brenda Dean and Patrick Truby.

Erwin Timmers catches up with painter/blogger Anne Marchand.

Work by Graham Fox.

The Washington Glass School 10th Anniversary Student Sculpture Exhibit Gallery 555dc 555 12th Street NW Lobby, Washington DC 20004 202-393-1409 or 240-447-6071

Exhibition Dates: Now thru June 30, 2011.

GlassWeekend 2011 Biennial Features WGS Artists

>GlassWeekend is a major contemporary glass event that runs from June 10 to 12 at WheatonArts in Millville, New Jersey. The three-day biennial weekend, first organized in 1985, brings together an international community of leading collectors, museum curators, gallery dealers, and artists for lectures, demonstrations and exhibitions. The event is organized by The Creative Glass Center of America at WheatonArts (CGCA) and the Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass (AACG). Over the course of three days, Millville, New Jersey, will be ground-zero for glass art auctions, workshops, and lectures.

Glass art legend Dan Dailey will speak Saturday. Other highlights of Saturday’s lectures include a round-table of museum curators discussing their approach to exhibition planning moderated by Newark Museum decorative arts curator Ulysses Dietz and including Elizabeth Agro, Philadelphia Museum of Art associate curator of American modern and contemporary crafts and decorative arts; Renwick curator Nicholas Bell; and the fast-rising Ron Labaco, recently appointed curator of decorative arts and design at the Museum of Arts and Design.

Washington Glass School will be represented at the Biennial by Tim Tate, Allegra Marquart and Michael Janis – Michael will also be named “Rising Star”
by The Creative Glass Center of America at WheatonArts and the Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass.

Millville, New Jersey has long been associated with glass. In 1739 when Casper Wistar founded America’s first successful glass factory near Alloway Creek, glassmaking and South Jersey became inextricably fused. From humble entrepreneurial beginnings, glass manufacturing ultimately became the region’s major innovative industry by the late 19th century.

In 1904, the celebrated poet, Carl Sandburg, proclaimed:

“Down in southern New Jersey, they make glass. By day and by night, the fires burn on in Millville . . . Big, black flames shooting out smoke and sparks; bottles, bottles, bottles, of every tint and hue . . . that marks the death of sand and the birth of glass.”

Although the production of window and bottle glass may have left Cumberland, Salem and Gloucester counties, the studio glass movement has been flourishing. WheatonArts and the Creative Glass Center of America (CGCA) in Millville have nurtured a growing number of talented individuals to use glass as their primary medium by offering its facilities to artists from around the world.

Click HERE to jump to GlassWeekend’s program.

GlassWeekend 2011

June 10th – 12th, 2011


1501 Glasstown Road
Millville, New Jersey 08332
Tel: 800 998 4552

for some photos of GlassWeekend 2009 – click HERE.

Artists Talk @ Long View Gallery


Opening Night of Washington Glass School Exhibit

“Artists of the Washington Glass School: The First 10 Years” opened to huge crowds last week and a review of the artworks in the Washington Post has created tremendous interest.

This Sunday, June 5th, from 3-4, Long View Gallery presents an Artist’s Talk.

Want to know more about the work? Want to see the exhibit up-close with someone who knows what was that artist thinking? Want to gossip with the artists that made made the Washington Post art critic Michael O’Sullivan “feel like a monkey in front of a ball of shiny, shiny tin foil“?
Here’s your chance – come join us!

Long View Gallery’s Siobhan Gavan snuggling with Washington Glass School Director & Monkey Keeper Tim Tate.

“Artists Talk
” @ Washington Glass School exhibition / Long View Gallery Washington, DC

The exhibition runs through June 19, 2011.
Long View Gallery is located at 1234 9th Street, N.W., Washington, DC
202-232-4788. For more information:

Washington Glass School 10th Anniversary Exhibit @ Gallery 555


This Saturday, from Noon til 5 PM, join Gallery 555 as it celebrates the Washington Glass School’s 10th Anniversary with a special juried exhibition of WGS student sculpture works. Artists will be there from 3-5 PM.

Washington Glass School artists in the exhibit include: Patrick Truby, Graham Fox, Nancy Donnelly, Robert Kincheloe, Teddie Hathaway, Brenda Dean and Erin Antognoli.

The Washington Glass School 10th Anniversary
Student Exhibit

Gallery 555dc
555 12th Street NW Lobby, Washington DC 20004
202-393-1409 or 240-447-6071

Exhibition Dates: June 1 – June 30, 2011.
The reception is Saturday, June 4th, 2011 – noon to 5pm; Artists present 3 – 5pm

Duvall & Tate At Taubman Museum

>The Waking Dreams of Magdalena Moliere

Friday, June 3, 2011Sunday, August 14, 2011

For years, Tim Tate has established himself as a glass artist, and one whose work seems to draw more from tattoo art and the science lab than from the history of blown and cast objects. Over the last three years, Tim has attracted critical attention for his group of sculptures that look incorporate the new media – specifically video. His intimate glass reliquaries would each contain a tiny video screen with a short looped film segment. Lately, these films have become for Tim works in their own right, with exhibitions at the prestigious Art Basel art fair in Switzerland, as well as in Art Basel Miami.
For the Taubman Museum project, Tim collaborated with photographer Pete Duvall to create his most ambitious video work to date. Six projections will include pieces continuing his interest in dreamers and sleepwalkers.

Taubman Museum

110 Salem Avenue SE
Roanoke, VA 24011

The Waking Dreams of Magdalena Moliere

Friday, June 3 thru Sunday, August 14, 2011