Go With The “FLOW” – Exhibit at American Center for Physics

Audrey Wilson, Mapping Intervals of SpaceTime, 2014, kiln cast glass, found objects and wood, 11 x 11 x 5”; photo by Pete Duvall

Audrey Wilson, Mapping Intervals of SpaceTime, 2014, kiln cast glass, found objects and wood, 11 x 11 x 5”; photo by Pete Duvall

An upcoming show at the American Center for Physics (ACP) explores the interplay between science and art and their shared quest to illuminate the universe and our place in it. Sarah Tanguy is the Guest Curator for the show “FLOW” featuring paintings by Eric Finzi, photographs by J.W. Mahoney and sculptures by Washington Glass School artists Allegra Marquart, Syl Mathis, Debra Ruzinsky, Tim Tate, Erwin Timmers, and Audrey Wilson. 

Tm Tate, Homeward Bound, 2013, medium blown and cast glass, found objects, 12 x 6 x 6”, photo by Pete Duvall.

Tm Tate, Homeward Bound, 2013, blown and cast glass, found objects, 12 x 6 x 6”, photo by Pete Duvall.

While scientists and engineers have long tackled the problem of turbulence and its impact on the flow physics of liquids and gases—the experience of flow pervades our everyday life from the passage of blood through our bodily vessels to that of water running out from a tap, the artists in FLOW are drawn to the marvels of certain materials as they transition from one state to another.

FLOW: 21 April – 16 October 2015

Opening Reception,  21 April , 5:30-7:30 pm

The American Center for Physics , One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740

The American Center for Physics , One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740

American Center for Physics Gallery

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD.
Open Mon-Fri 9-5


A Big Warm Welcome to Otis Street Arts Project!

otis.street.arts.mount.rainier.md.hennessey.mordini.jpgFounded by artists Sean Hennessey and David Mordini, Otis Street Arts Project, LLC prepares for the move into the studio spaces adjacent to the Washington Glass Studio. As Margaret Boozer’s Red Dirt Studios relocates to the renovated Firehouse, Sean and David prepare the space for their new studio venture. 

Otis Street Arts Project is a Center for Material Studies located within the “Artists by the Tracks” section of the Gateway Arts District. Otis Street Arts Project has 12 studio spaces for artists working in a variety of media. There will be space for small and experimental exhibition, performances, guest artist presentations, and group discussions. Otis St artists currently include noted DC area artists including: Sean HennesseyDavid MordiniMatthew DuffyAlma SellmovicGloria Chapa, and Hebron Chism.

Otis Street Arts Project Directors Sean Hennessey and David Mordini

Otis Street Arts Project Directors Sean Hennessey and David Mordini

Said director Sean Hennessey: “Many of the artists here choose to work on the boundaries of their mediums by exploring sculpture, video, performance, and installation as part of their practice. Experimenting with materials and methods is encouraged as our artists develop their creative practices.” 

Otis Street Arts Project, 3706- 3708 Otis Street, Mount Rainier, MD 20712

The studio is being readied for artists to move in during the month of April, with a grand opening of the studio scheduled to be part of the Gateway Arts District’s May Open Studios on May 9th, 2015. Otis Street Arts Project still has space available for artists – email Otisstreetartsproject@gmail.com for more information.

Glassville In Asheville!


To All Glass Artists of Western North Carolina! A great opportunity is coming up this August. Do you feel the galleries there have not given you enough notice? Have installation work and haven’t found a place to show it? Are you an established artist who wants to support an important effort ? The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design is offering you a prominent downtown Asheville, NC venue this August with the intent to create and reinforce the strong glass community in and around Western North Carolina.

On Thursday, Aug. 6 and Friday Aug. 7 they will be hosting “Glassville In Asheville!”. This will consist of 30+ glass artists showing their work within the 24,000 sq ft space.

Sculpture, vessels and installation work will be the focus here. There is a minimal cost. Why show at such a short venue? Because Thursday eve at the opening will be the 112 collectors from the Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass, the national glass collecting group.

This is your chance to finally get your work seen by folks who know what they are seeing and can truly appreciate it. Space is very limited, already 1/3 full. While everyone else argues as to whether this is a good deal or not, sign up to reserve your space! It’s first come, first serve. Contact Grace Reff at greff@craftcreatiivitydesign.org or 828/785-1357 x105 to find out more info!

The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design | 67 Broadway Street, Asheville, NC 28801

The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design | 67 Broadway Street, Asheville, NC 28801

Spring & Summer 2015 Class Schedule

Spring/Summer 2015 Class Schedule


Class 2000 –  Beginner’s Glass Lover’s Weekend

 glass class dc

As mentioned in the September issue of Washingtonian Magazine – Our most popular class, this is the fastest way to learn all aspects of warm glass in the shortest amount of time! Under the supervision of a professional glass artist you will learn the fundamentals of fusing, slumping and dimensional kiln casting. Everything from bowls and plates to sculptural objects… this is the perfect way for a beginner to learn the basics of glass… and you will leave with several very cool items!

Instructor:      Audrey Wilson

Dates            Session A – Sat/Sun  May 2/3Session B- Sat/Sun June 27/28, Session C – Sat/Sun Aug. 1/2

Time               1pm to 5pm each day
Tuition            $350 per student (all mtls included)  


Class 2001 – MIG Welding For Dummies!


Ever wondered about learning to weld? Want to impress your friends, your older brother and that cute bartender? It’s easier than you think! In three evenings you will learn how to lay a bead, and handle all sorts of sharp and dangerous tools. You will be able to complete a small project and leave with lots of ideas and know-how for other projects. This class will teach you the basics of welding, metal work and design, joining, bending and finishing. And you will get dirty!

Instructor :  Erwin Timmers
Dates:          Session A: Thurs eves in April (16,23,30), Session B: Thursday eves in July (9,16,23)

Time :          7pm to 9:30pm

Tuition :       $375 per student


Class 2002 – Audrey’s Super Bowl Parties!

next step glass fuse bowls

You like bowls?  So do we!  So come join Audrey Wilson at a super Bowl Making party! Email for availability…..and let the bowl making begin!
(email the instructor Audrey directly on this one – studio@washglass.com) 

(max 6 students per session; 3 bowls per student depending on size of bowl)

Instructor :  Audrey Wilson

Dates :   Super Bowl Parties take place on the following dates:

May 23;  July 18;  Aug 8;    Aug 22

Time :    1:30 pm to 4pm

Tuition : $75 for each session if using float glass, $100 for Bullseye glass.

Class 2003 –  Bas Relief in Glass – Overview  of Deep Relief Dry Plaster Casting

Tired of working flat? Want an easy way to get some real depth into your glass? Here’s a fun class where you will learn one of the easiest yet most versatile methods of kiln casting glass to achieve bas-relief sculpture. This incredible method has endless fine art and architectural applications. In this two day class, we will discuss different types of glass and their firing schedules. Working with color and how it can affect dimensional casting will also be explored. Bring items you may want to cast with this method or choose from our image library. All materials and firings are included.
Instructors :  Sean Hennessey/Audrey Wilson
Dates :         Tues eves (May 19, 26, June 2)

Time :          7pm to 9:30pm

Tuition :       $375 per student


Class 2004 -Silk Screening and Painting On Glass with Joseph Cavalieri

This workshop will cover numerous painting on glass techniques, some dating from Medieval times, but most developed in modern times. Students will learn hand painting, airbrushing, inking, and silk-screening processes using kiln fired enamels. The main emphasis of the class is silk-screening techniques. A variety of silk-screens with patterns, graphics and photographs will be available for the class to use. The glass is kiln fired to make these images permanent on the top surface of the glass, which is called a polish fuse. Demonstrations on how to frame and light the work will be shown. Three professional practice lectures will be presented to provide insight for beginners and professionals. These include how to “package yourself”,  “market your art”, and “successfully get into artist residencies”.Students can choose to leave the class with one finished work or a stack of painted glass samples, or both!* We will not be making the screens but students have the option of bringing their own silk-screens, and will be directed how to after they sign up.

Instructor :  Joseph Cavalieri

Dates :         Sept 5, 6, 7 over Labor Day Weekend

Time :          10am to 5pm

Tuition :       $500 per student


Class 2005 – Next Step Fusing – Applying Tack Fused Imagery

Bring your fusing skills to a new level. Beginning fusers will learn to use molds and frit to produce bas relief objects, then will tack fuse them into a patterned bowl on a base glass piece.

Instructor :  Audrey Wilson

Dates :         Tuesday eves. Sept. (8, 15, 22)

Time :          7pm to 9:30pm

Tuition :       $450 per student


Class 2006- Lighting Up Your Life….Making Lighting For Your Home!

Are you looking to bring some new light into your home? Tired of having the same lamps around? Well, come and make a new one in this class! You will truly display your glass skills in their best light. You’ll learn to cut, fuse and shape glass into the right form. Ceiling or wall fixture; you will have the chance to design your own. You will also learn how to safely wire and install your new lamp. No glass or electrical experience is necessary. We provide the mounting hardware.

Instructor :  Erwin Timmers

Dates :        Thurs eves in May (14,21,28)

Time :  7 pm to 9:30pm

Tuition :      $350

Class 2007- Next Step MIG Welding

Now that you’ve tried your hand at MIG welding, the hot-glue gun of the metal shop, why not expand your horizons? We will offer a truck load of new techniques. You can compare welding stainless steel vs. aluminum, and pit the plasma cutter vs. oxy-acetylene. You will also improve your MIG skills, and spend more time on grinding, polishing, finishing and patinas. Bring ideas for a small project and you’ll walk home with it. Remember, this is a real, live, active, working shop! You will get dirty. Wear closed-toe shoes and long pants.Prerequisite: MIG welding class or equivalent experience.

Instructor : Erwin Timmers

Dates :      Thurs eve in June (11,18,25)

Time :       7pm to 9:30pm

Tuition :      $375


Class 2008- Open Studio – Work At Your Own Pace

Beginner's Glass Lovers

Already know the basics of casting or fusing? Open Studio gives each student the opportunity to work independently in a world class studio. Tuition includes a kiln firing per session, clear base glass and colored scrap glass, use of studio tools. Note: students working in dry plaster casting need to schedule cleanup date with studio coordinator.

Instructor :  Studio Staff

Dates :        Wed/Thurs/Sat afternoons (call to confirm appointment)

Time :        1pm to 5pm

Tuition :      $300 for 4 sessions

Hyattsville Studio SoHy Art Show and Opening of Vigilante Coffee

Located near Hyattsville’s thriving arts district and with easy access to Route 1, Studio SoHy is situated to draw a diverse crowd of creators and viewers. By expanding beyond just the visual arts, the studio will offer new opportunities for performance artists and musicians.

Studio SoHy focuses on local and regional artists, displaying their work in a dynamic space. Acting as both a gallery and an event space, Studio SoHy’s mission is to connect artists and audiences. A free exchange of ideas and easy access to artists supports increased collaboration and a vibrant artist community.

The studio is located in the same refurbished 1920s car dealership as Vigilante Coffee, a destination café in the DC Metro area. Building owner Daniel Simon worked with local artists to launch Studio SoHy in support of the local arts scene. The gallery is managed by Bronwyn King and Kathleen Geldard.

Hyattsville’s newest studio space will host its first art show and grand opening at the Vigilante Roastery. The event kicks off the curated Urban Canopy show, which will run from March 21 through June 20. It is Studio SoHy’s first show, focusing on the interplay of nature and the urban environment.Join artists Chris Suspect, Kathleen Geldard, Bronwyn King and Christine Monaco on Saturday, March 21 6-8p.m. at Studio SoHy (located in the same building as Vigilante Coffee) for the opening reception of “Urban Canopy” .

Wild Anacostias perform Louisiana-inspired tunes.

Wild Anacostias perform Louisiana-inspired tunes.

Following the reception from 8:30 to 11ish there will be a performance by local favs Wild Anacostias,  – Hyattsville’s premiere New Orleans style street band.blowing out two spicy sets of Louisiana-inspired tunes.

The reception is free and they are asking for a $10 donation to support the community endeavor. No charge for kids under 12.

Vigilante Coffee Roastery

Vigilante Coffee Roastery

SoHyLogoIIVigilante Coffee
4327 Gallatin St
Hyattsville, MD 20781

Morgan Contemporary Glass Pours It On

teapots! 9th invitational exhibition at Pittsburgh’s Morgan Contemporary Glass gallery opens April 10, 2015.  Featuring teapots by more than 60 artists in all media—ceramics, fiber, glass, metal, wood and mixed media, the exhibit captures the versatility of the form. This highly anticipated annual show draws international acclaim, while showcasing an ever-diverse group of invited artists to challenge themselves with the teapot form, taking ingenuity and creativity to new heights. Look for work by glass artists: Devyn Baron-Griley, Robert Bender, Christina Bothwell, Jonathan Capps, Eunsuh Choi, Daniel S. Coyle, Lisa Demagall, Sean Hennessey, Chadd Lacy, Weston Lambert, Ashley McFarland, Kelly O’Dell, Chris Pantos, Angus Powers, Nanci Schrieber-Smith, Demetra Theofanous, Stephanie Trenchard, and many other media artists!  teapots! 9th invitational exhibition continues in the gallery through June 13, 2015. morgan.contemporary.9th.teapots.invitational

New to the gallery, Sean Hennessey combines glass, concrete, photography, drawing, light, video, paint, found objects, wood and steel in his whimsical “Alice in Wonderland” inspired teapot. Being an avid coffee drinker, Hennessey moves from the mug to the teacup in his teacup filled mixed media wall piece. Niche award winner, Demetra Theofanous will be returning to the teapot show to create her second teapot for the gallery. In her piece, she uses her self-developed glass weaving technique to create her narrative, delicate, flame-worked glass that often takes months to complete.  Husband and wife artists Robert Bender and Christina Bothwell will be collaborating again in this year’s annual teapot show. Though they both come from casting backgrounds, their conceptual differences come together to create a whole new approach emanating a sense of curiosity. 

According to gallery owner, Amy Morgan, “Our show continues to surprise me through each artist’s unique interpretation of the teapot. What I find most appealing every year is the subtlety of the form, as some artists express their design concepts through a formal structure, while others do so through abstraction and figural work.”  Each artist greets the challenge of the teapot in a different way. 

Founders of the Kamm Teapot Foundation, Gloria and Sonny Kamm, whose collection is considered one of the largest and most comprehensive in the world, remark, “Teapots have long inspired the inventiveness of creative souls — artists, designers, and architects. This creativity motivated us to collect teapots… in quantity and depth… with a plan to house it in a ‘museum home’ for our entire collection so that in the future can be enjoyed by the public.” morgan.contemporary.art.logo

Professor Derek Thomas Returns

Artist Derek Thomas Hambly has just been appointed a professorship at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) where he will teach ceramics and develop its arts program. Derek was one of the artists that helped the Washington Glass Studio create the DCCAH public artwork sculpture “Community Gateway“.

Professor Hambly working in the cold shop of the Washington Glass School.

Professor Hambly working in the Washington Glass School cold shop.

A native of New England, Derek received his Bachelor of Arts degree at Bridgewater State College and his Master of Fine Arts at Kent State University with a concentrated study in ceramics. 
Derek’s earliest works began as a dissection of early production glassware. Derek sought out a balance between utilitarian ware and narrative sculpture. His work today is about developing a dialogue between the hand crafted and the naturally occurring while promoting a sense of ceremony and ritual. 

Derek Hambly

Derek Hambly, “Scroll and Pen Study #12”, ceramic

Derek served as the Director of the Ceramics program as well as the Director of the Artist in Residency Program at California’s Mendocino Art Center for several years before traveling back east to continue his practice in both ceramics and education.  

Besides working at the Washington Glass School on a number of projects, Derek also assists at Red Dirt Studio, working under the mentorship of Margaret Boozer. Said Professor Hambly “I see this new chapter as a great stepping stone in my pursuit to blend my studio practice and my exploration of ceramics and art.”           

UDC Faculty Art Show

Derek will start teaching at UDC in August, but he will be showing his newest sculptural ceramic works as part of the UDC Faculty Show opening Tuesday, March 5th (the reception date changed to March 10th due to snow). The show will feature paintings, drawings, photography, design, and sculpture by 18 artists teaching in the UDC Art Program in Gallery 42 from March 5 – 31, 2015.



The opening reception is Tuesday, March 10th from 6:30 – 8:00 PM in Gallery 42, building 42, room A-12. The show will run until March 31st. Regular gallery hours are Monday – Thursday 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM.

Gallery 42
4200 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20008

For further information on the UDC Faculty Exhibit, contact Professor Daniel Venne, Art Program Coordinator, at dvenne@udc.edu or 202.274.5781.

Artwork By Attorneys? Who Got Framed?!

Congratulations to Washington Glass School Studio Artist Veta Carney – her work was selected for the “Hang the Lawyers” Exhibit – a juried gallery exhibition to be held at both Washington ArtWorks’ galleries showcasing artwork created by attorneys. Photography, painting, sculpture, mixed media and more will be featured in this exhibition.

Veta Carney, "Trickster",  2015, fused glass, 22" x 22"

Veta Carney, “Trickster” (detail), 2015, fused glass, 22″ x 22″

The show was juried by John Mason, Board President of Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts, and Missy Loewe, CEO and President of Washington ArtWorks. This show is a fundraiser for Washington ArtWorks and Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts, and the night will feature a silent auction.

veta.carney.glassIn case you have not been by the Glass School recently – an introduction to one of our newest Studio Artists is in order!

Veta Carney is a former Assistant United States Attorney and is a criminal defense attorney in practice with her husband with whom she handles serious felony and other criminal cases in the Superior Court and the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.

Veta started making stained glass windows while in college. Over the years she added jewelry and fused glass artwork to her repertoire of skills. She has been expanding the scale of her artworks – going larger here at the Washington Glass School and also in her studio in Tucson, AZ. Her most recent works combine painting and fused glass. Veta is also explores mixing flame-worked glass with other media that she creates with her son, Daniel Carney, a noted glass artist in Arizona. She is a member of the Northern Virginia Handcrafters’ Guild, the National Capitol Area Glass Guild (NCAGG), and the Arizona Glass Alliance.  

Hang the Lawyers 

Friday, April 3rd – Monday, April 20th 2015
Washington ArtWorks, 12276 Wilkins Ave, Rockville, MD 20852

Opening Reception on Friday, April 10th from 6-9pm

Sean Hennessey – Wanted Out West

sean.cowboyWashington Glass School Resident Artist Sean Hennessey is a Wanted Man.

Sean will be heading out to speak to the New Mexico Art Alliance in Santa Fe next week, speaking at the William and Joseph Gallery in Santa Fe on March 7. After Santa Fe, Sean continues west to Scottsdale, AZ, where he will speak to the Arizona Glass Alliance on March 9.

Sean also has works featured at Phonex’s Circle 6 Gallery, in a group show with some fantastic artists working in glass including and organized by glass artist Jason Chakravarty.

Circle 6 Gallery, 1424 East Virginia Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85006

Circle 6 Gallery, 1424 East Virginia Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85006