Looking for Glass Studio Space? Here ‘Tis!


If you have always wanted a studio space to work on your kiln-formed glass, but didn’t have room where you live, or didn’t have a huge amount to invest in a giant glass studio…..then you might like the thought of becoming one of the studio artists here.

Your table/studio space runs $275 per month, and not only do you finally have a dedicated space for you to work in, but you also join a vibrant and successful community of glass artists and opportunities.

The Washington Glass School (near the Rhode Island/ Route 1 Eastern Ave border of the District of Columbia) is now accepting applications for incubator studio spaces (available immediately).

As a studio artist – besides being part of a community, you have access to the studio’s cold shop facility and kiln firings.

Interested? Give Tim Tate a call 202-744-8222!
Or email: washglassschool@aol.com

Washington Glass School
3700 Otis Street, Mount Rainier, MD
(202) 744-8222

The Dream is Alive in Portland, OR


Portland – where young people go to retire – as portrayed on IFC channel.
Click on image to jump to video segment.

Opening night of “Facture” exhibit at Bullseye Gallery, Portland, OR.
Opening night photos by Robert Wade.

I am doing a couple of blog postings from Portland, Oregon – the “City of Bridges” (aka City of Roses, Stumptown, PDX or Portlandia). In town for the Bullseye Gallery talk (at the BE Resource Center) – I have a chance to look around this groovy, funky town that has quickly become one of my fav cities.

Cool things about Portland:
Powells Books: I could have spent the entire weekend roaming the aisles of this place.

Powell’s Bookstore is addictive.

Good Food: Portland has interesting zoning in the downtown that allows street food truck vendors to flourish. Many of the downtown parking lots are fringed with an amazing assortment of high quality food trucks.

A Sense of Style: Portland has this in many ways – the city has a strong hipster vibe, similar to the hippie feel of Asheville, NC – and lampooned in the TV show Portlandia. It also has the art scene that includes a strong glass presence that Bullseye Factory and Gallery bring to the town. Bullseye Gallery opened the Facture show this past week, and held a panel discussion on Sunday. Below are some shots from the opening.

Photos from the opening of Facture by Robert Wade.

Click HERE to jump to one of the media mentions of the show.

Bullseye Gallery Features Artists That "Paint" With Glass


Touching With A Lighter Hand / Michael Janis

Bullseye Gallery in Portland, Oregon has a great new show of work by artists that use glass as a canvas. Facture” has already created a bit of a buzz. The GLASS Quarterly‘s Ruth Reader has a great article and interview with Michael Janis about using glass as a painter’s canvas. This weekend, January 8, from 2 – 4 pm, Bullseye will host a panel discussion with artists Michael Janis, Kari Minnick, Martha Pfanschmidt, Ted Sawyer, Abi Spring, and Jeff Wallin; moderated by Michael End. The artists will also present images and discuss their methods.

Bullseye special events are offered free of charge, but advance reservations are required. Reservations must be made at least 24 hours prior to events. To reserve your spot, call or email BE: 503.227.2797 or portlandclasses@bullseyeglass.com

Bullseye Resource Center, 3610 SE 21st Avenue, Portland, Oregon

Click HERE to jump to Bullseye Gallery website images of works in the show.

Tim Tate – What a Comedian!


Everyone knows that Tim Tate is a storyteller artist extraordinaire. His narrative works are often informed with a wry sense of humor. Tim’s funnybone is now part of a new book by Schiffer Books.

Hardcover: 256 pages, Publisher: Schiffer Publishing (Release date: March 28, 2012), ISBN-10: 076434059X

Author Brigitte Martin has put together a book – “Humor In Craft” – featuring highly ironic, political, sarcastic, and just plain amusing works by artists from across the US and abroad. The book sure to challenge viewers to move beyond their own frames of reference when considering approaches to contemporary art.

Pittsburgh’s Society for Contemporary Craft (SCC) will be including Tim’s work “My Love Life Thus Far” in the Society for Contemporary Craft exhibition of work selected from the 265 artists in the book Humor in Craft this July 20 through October 27, 2012. A national tour of the exhibition is planned and further information on this will be forthcoming as soon as details have been finalized.

My Love Thus Far / Tim Tate

photo credit Pete Duvall / anythingphoto.net

Below is the video that is contained within the reliquary – the building collapses and resurrects in a continual loop.

Erwin Timmers featured at Smithsonian Craft Show


“Celebrating the Creative Spirit of America

The magnificent
National Building Museum is the setting for the Smithsonian Craft Show.

Widely regarded as the country’s most prestigious juried show and sale of fine American Craft, the 2012 Smithsonian Craft Show celebrates its 30th Anniversary. Ceramics, glass, embroidery, beadwork, leather, woodwork, furniture, mixed media… if it’s considered a craft, it will be represented among the 120 hand-picked artists. Eco-artist Erwin Timmers was selected to exhibit at this year’s show – one of the 120 from the field of 1300 artist applicants.

photo credits for Erwin Timmers glass rubberband sculptures: Pete Duvall/anythingphoto.net

Erwin Timmers has been working on some new sculptural forms made from cast recycled glass. His work is informed with both wit and beauty, and his glass artwork celebrates the richness of shape, texture and translucency of glass.

Be sure to see Erwin’s bold new colors and forms being created from recycled material – as featured in the Washington Post’s Magazine article that came out this summer. Click HERE to jump to the Washington Post article online.

Smithsonian Craft Show, April 19-22, 2012

National Building Museum, 401 F St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Click HERE to jump to the Smithsonian Craft Show website.