2016 Washington Glass School Year-In-Review

2016 Glass Year In Review
As 2016 winds down, The Washington Glass School remembers what brought us together in 2016, and look forward the connections we’ll make in 2017.

It was a year to be confounded, shocked, outraged, exuberant, and saddened. Whether you loved 2016 or hated it, one thing is clear: It was a year full of the unexpected.

January

Marvin Lipofsky, 1938-2016

Marvin Lipofsky, 1938-2016

Studio Glass great Marvin Lipofsky passed away January 15, 2016. Marvin Lipofsky was one of the six students that Studio Glass founder Harvey Littleton instructed in a program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in fall 1962 and spring 1963. Marvin’s work has been an integral component of modern sculpture in glass for some 50 years while his personality was a challenge for many.

WGS alum Cheryl P Derricotte had a great year! Cheryl was a finalist in the 2016 Society for Contemporary Craft (SCC) LEAP awards. Later in the year, Cheryl received rave reviews with her solo exhibit “Ghost/Ships” at San Francisco’s Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD).

February

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Protesters surround the BE factory in Portland after high hexavalent chromium levels were found.

It has been a tumultuous year for art glass makers. Researchers found elevated levels of toxic heavy metals near Uroboros and Bullseye Glass factories in Portland, OR, prompting ramped up regulation of the industry. Oregon’s EPA had focused its regulations that control emissions. The new regulations require costly industrial filters that prevent the release of glass production’s toxic byproducts. The EPA regulators later identified 14 factories that may make art glass using heavy metals.The cease and desist order threw art glass production in the US for a loop, with the glass companies struggling to comply. Bullseye Glass voluntarily stopped using the metals in its manufacturing process. Later it said it would never again use arsenic. It also suspended the use of chromium. The EPA story would play out all year long, closing a number of US art glass makers and shifting fabricators out of the country.

On a happier note, the Corning Museum of Glass (CMoG) announced the appointment of Susie J. Silbert as curator of modern and contemporary glass. 

CMOG's Curator of Mern Glass, Susie Silbert.

CMOG’s Curator of Modern & Contemporary Glass, Susie Silbert.

In February, members of the National Capital Area Glass Guild (NCAGG) visited at the Washington Glass School in February for a presentation on public art works. Tim Tate, Erwin Timmers and Michael Janis covered how possible site-specific projects are identified, how proposals were put together, and how a team is created to create the public art and installations – a real soup to nuts presentation.

The NCAGG at WGS.

The NCAGG at WGS.

Speaking of site-specific commissions, also in February, Washington Glass Studio completed two commissions for artwork in a refurbished downtown Bethesda building lobby. Working with art consultants, Directions in Art, Washington Glass Studio designed and fabricated artwork for two levels of an office building that was undergoing a major renovation. 

Site specific illuminated glass artwork by Washington Glass Studio.

Site specific illuminated glass artwork by Washington Glass Studio.

 

March

In March, the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery’s Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition selected Penland resident artist Dean Allisons cast glass sculpture as one of the 43 finalists selected from the competition’s more than 2,500 entries received in its celebrated competition, held every three years.   

Michigan’s Habatat Galleries exhibited at New York Art Fair SCOPE featuring works by Tim Tate, Sean Hennessey and Michael Janis. 

Art Fair Scope NYC 2016

Art Fair Scope NYC 2016

April

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Sean Hennessey teaching at Penland School of Craft in North Carolina in April.

In April, Sean Hennessey taught his bas relief cast glass and color techniques at NC’s Penland School of Craft, with Audrey Wilson as his teaching assistant.

The Laurel Library public artwork community glass “quilting bee” workshops began in April – and making the sculpture would continue most of the summer. 

Laurel Library artwork sought involvement by the residents and the community.

Laurel Library artwork sought involvement by the residents and the community.

May

In a move that shocked many in the art glass world, Spectrum Glass company announced that they were going out of business. Spectrum, which made System 96 fusing glass and numerous varieties of stained glass stated that “due to several factors, it’s no longer financially feasible for Spectrum Glass to continue to operate.” These factors included the EPA regulations imposed as of February 2016. In September, Spectrum announced that they “…finalized the sale of Spectrum Glass and System 96 brands, equipment, and formulas to world-renowned glass manufacturer Oceanside Glasstile (OGT) in Carlsbad, CA.”

 

Sibylle Peretti at the Smithsonian Renwick Gallery.

Sibylle Peretti at the Smithsonian Renwick Gallery.

The James Renwick Alliance “Distinguished Artist” series – glass artist Sibylle Peretti was in Washington, DC for a workshop. On Sunday, May 22, Sibylle Peretti presented her works to the audience that gathered at the Smithsonian Renwick Gallery. 

June 

Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Craft/Material Studies student Sandhya Kiran Chiluvuri did a stint of independent study at Washington Glass School.  Sandhya graduated VCU in just 2 and a half years after a career at a male-dominated computer job. 

Sandhya Kiran Chiluvuri working in glass.

Sandhya Kiran Chiluvuri working in glass.

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2016 Americans for the Arts Annual Leadership Awards.

The Americans for the Arts annual convention  was June 17 – 19, 2016, held in Boston, MA.  The Washington Glass Studio is proud to have made the awards for the 2016 Annual Leadership Awards.

July

The permanent collection returned to the refurbished Smithsonian Museum’s Renwick Gallery with a dynamic new presentation of 80+ objects celebrating craft as a discipline and an approach to living differently in the modern world. The installation, titled “Connections” featured favorites alongside new acquisitions made during the museum’s renovation. Nora Atkinson, The Lloyd Herman Curator of Craft, selected the objects and conceived the innovative presentation.

Pokémon Go — the augmented-reality game that sent the classic Japanese franchise into a new age — took the world by storm in July. The Washington Glass School was listed as a Pokestop, with the nearby Mt Rainier Mini-Park was designated a Poke gym. Go Figure.

Pokemon Go DC Destination: Washington Glass School.

Pokemon Go DC Destination: Washington Glass School.

August

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Josh Hershman works on the Laurel Library artwork.

The Laurel Library public art sculpture continued in both the workshops and in assemblage. Glass artist Josh Hershman joined in on the process.

Curator Jennifer Lindsay brought together two sculptors, Laurel Lukaszewski (ceramics) and Joseph A. Corcoran (glass) to create site-­specific installations for the Brentwood Arts Exchange in the show “Other Worlds of Imagination and Wonder“. Using collaborative installations as a way to intensify the viewer’s immersion in a transformative or revelatory experience, Lindsay juxtaposed works by both artists, from miniature to monumental, illuminating each artist’s individual responses to materials, nature, culture, and the environment.

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September

2016 DC Mayor's Arts Award

2016 DC Mayor’s Arts Award

Washington, D.C.’s 31st Annual Mayor’s Arts Awards ceremony was held at the Historic Lincoln Theater and Washington Glass School Co-Director Michael Janis was awarded the “Excellence in the Arts” honor! The DC Mayor’s Arts Awards are the most prestigious honors conferred by the city of Washington, D.C. on artists, teachers, nonprofit organizations and patrons of the arts and humanities. 

Artist Klaus Moje, who founded the Glass Workshop at the Australian National University School of Art, passed away in September at the age of 79. Klaus Moje had been recognized internationally as one of the most significant innovators in the medium of glass, and as a highly influential educator who has inspired several generations of young artists. Born in Hamburg, Germany, Moje established his first studio, in 1961. He relocated to Australia in 1982, where he founded the Glass Workshop of the Canberra School of Art and the modern art glass movement in Australia. 

Klaus Moje

Klaus Moje 1936-2016

Michael Janis’ solo exhibit at Maurine Littleton Gallery – “Echoes of Leaves and Shadows” opened to great reviews. Dr Claudia Rousseau – Professor of Art History at Montgomery College – reviewed the show in the East City Art “glass works that cross the line between sculpture (as in relief sculpture) and painting, and which stand out in brilliant color….From both a technical and subjective viewpoint this is a striking show.” Washington Post Arts Critic Mark Jenkins wrote that Janis’ work “combine the stateliness of stained-glass windows with the vivacity of pop art — half medieval cathedral, half 1960s Vogue”.

October

Uroboros Glass Company- also located in Portland- announced that they will be shutting down after almost 44 years in the business. In December, Uroboros announced that the company had been sold and will continue production in Mexico. Bullseye Glass had announced that, under the supervision of the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, Bullseye has implemented an environmental protection capital investment program, installing baghouses on 12 of their furnaces. Permanent rules adopted by the Oregon’s Environmental Quality Commission in September require the installation of additional technology, which were planned to be in place in December. Bullseye plans to resume full production of glass in early 2017. Until then, they are not be able to produce glasses containing chrome. BE continues to develop new chrome-free greens and have reformulated other styles. One of the styles BE reformulated is 0100 Black, which appears to be slightly more transparent than it was in the past. BE has advised that this will be the case until they can once again use chrome.

November

Opening of SOFA Chicago at Navy Pier.

Opening of SOFA Chicago at Navy Pier.

SOFA Chicago! Once again, a number of artists from Washington Glass School were featured at SOFA CHICAGO - one of the longest running art fairs in the world, and the oldest art fair in Chicago. 

Go CUBS! Audrey Wilson shows her support for the World Champs at Wrigley Field.

Go CUBS! Audrey Wilson shows her support for the World Champs at Wrigley Field.

After 108 years of waiting, the Chicago Cubs won the 2016 World Series with 8-7 victory in the final game over the Cleveland Indians. Awesome.

 

Vitrum's Judith Conway and Kevin O'Toole.

Vitrum’s Judith Conway and Kevin O’Toole.

Vitrum Studios announced that their glass resource center would close at the end of 2016. Vitrum Studio was started by Judith Conway and Kevin O’Toole in 2001. 

The Washington Glass Studio (WGScompleted installation of a community based site specific public art commission for Prince George’s County Laurel Library. On opening day the community members that participated in the creation of the over 100 glass panels eagerly sought out the location of their artworks.

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Glass and steel artwork, titled “Involve Me and I Learn” installed at the new Laurel Library, Laurel, MD. photo by Pete Duvall.

 

December

The international contemporary art world descended on Miami, Florida for the infamous Art Basel Miami Beach exposition, and its numerous satellite events. The exhibits were as outrageous as ever, and Washington Glass School artists Tim Tate and Audrey Wilson’s work were featured at the shows. Tim Tate had a solo booth at SCOPE Miami, and Audrey Wilson at CONTEXT, showing at Alida Anderson Art Projects. 

Tim Tate (and his artwork) was a babe magnet.

Tim Tate (and his artwork) = babe magnet.

 

PBS’ Maryland Public Television (MPT) tapped our Michael Janis to be Co-Host on the fifth season of the series ‘Artworks’ with host Rhea Feikin.The show features intriguing profiles of established, emerging and experimental artists from across the country working in all creative categories: musicians, performers, visual artists, writers, designers, and artisans. 

Michael Janis and Rhea Feiken on Artworks episode  514

Michael Janis and Rhea Feiken on Artworks episode 514

So much to absorb. Yet if 2016 was a world turned upside down, just wait until next year!

The instructors and artists at the Washington Glass School and Studio wish All a Happy New Year! 

I Want My M* TV! (*= Michael Janis)

WGS' Michael Janis gets mic'd up for a taping of Maryland Public Television (MPT)  "Artworks" taping.

WGS’ Michael Janis gets mic’d up by Jim Bigwood, MPT audio engineer for a taping of Maryland Public Television (MPT) “Artworks” episode while host Rhea Feikin reviews the script.

Maryland Public Television (MPT) will launch the fifth season of Artworks, MPT’s weekly arts series. The lively series is hosted by Rhea Feikin, a cultural icon in her own right. The show features intriguing profiles of established, emerging and experimental artists from across the country working in all creative categories: musicians, performers, visual artists, writers, designers, and artisans.

Michael Janis will be the guest Co-Host on two action-packed episodes – the first airing December 29, 2016 and the second airing January 5th, 2017.

Dutch artist Berndnaut Smilde's monumental rainbow prism  featured on Artworks Episode 513.

Dutch artist Berndnaut Smilde’s monumental rainbow prism featured on MPT’s Artworks: Episode 513.

Artworks: Episode 513

Premiere date: Thursday, December 29, 2016 at 8:30pm on MPT-HD (repeats Sundays at 12:30pm, MPT-2 Sundays at 12pm)

Description: Co-Host Michael Janis, Co-Director, Washington Glass School. Dutch artist Berndnaut Smilde’s monumental rainbow prism; Houston Grand Opera’s lush costumes; Fawzia Khan, surgeon turned sculptor; and pageantry of the Rose Parade meets Downton Abbey on New Year’s Day.

Click HERE to jump to watch online!

 

EMULSION 2017 | Call for Artists

emulsion4EMULSION - The Fourth Annual East City Art Regional Juried Show has released their call for artists to submit work. The exhibition is open to anyone 18 years and over who resides or creates art within 50 miles of East City Art’s headquarters located at 922 G Street SE in Washington, DC. This includes the greater DC and Baltimore region.

EMULSION 2017 HIGHLIGHTS
New Location—To accommodate the increase in the number of applicants for EMULSION, the 5,000 square foot PEPCO Edison Gallery. ECA hopes to show a minimum of 40 artists.
Prize Money—The first prize purse from $1,500 to $2,000. There will also be two additional cashes prizes of $250 in the new honorable mention category.
Extended Viewing and Extended Programming—EMULSION 2017 opens on Fri., March 3 and runs through Thu., March 16. That’s two full weeks of viewing plus weeknight programming.

Television Coverage—WETA (DC PBS Affiliate) will be filming the drop-off, installation and opening reception.

Entry Deadline: January 9, 2017
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PRIZES

$2000 First Place Prize
$1,000 Second Place Prize
$500 Third Place Prize
Two (2) $250 Honorable Mentions

Entry Fee
An entry fee of $42.50 paid to East City Art via Submittable. You may submit up to five (5) works including images, video and audio.

Location
Pepco Edison Place Gallery located at 702 8th Street NW in the heart of Downtown Washington DC

Juror
Deirdre Ehlen MacWilliams, Public Art Project Manager for Arlington County’s public art program. Read more about the juror HERE

To apply online – click HERE.

Washington Glass School Holiday Open Studio This Weekend!

holiday.open.studio.art.gateway.district.dmv.usa.glass.washington.schoolSaturday December 10, 2016 – from Noon-5pm Washington Glass School artists scheduled to exhibit: (L-R) Jennifer Lindstrom, Chris Shea, Audrey Wilson, Trish Kent, Erwin Timmers. Not shown: Tim Tate, Syl Mathis, Veta Carney, Laurie Brown, Michael Janis, George Anderton, Diane Cabe, Deb Ruzinsky.

Gateway Arts Open Studio Winter Washington Glass SchoolHere it comes again….the annual Washington Glass School Open Studios, one of the most eagerly anticipated holiday arts events in the DMV (D.C., Maryland, Virginia.)!

From the small child to the serious art collector, the Holiday Open House fits everyone’s taste. The event features fun gift ideas and snacks, with the artists of the Gateway Arts District opening their studios to the public. We invite the community to visit the Gateway Arts District and experience a unique DMV art event! Gateway Arts District Maryland District of Columbia Washington Glass School

Call for Artists of The Gateway Arts District!

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Phil Davis, Director of the Brentwood Arts Exchange has sent a note about the exhibition about the Gateway Arts District that they’re helping to put together at Prince George’s Community College. The exhibit “Creative Corridor” is open to any artist who lives, works, or otherwise makes art in the Gateway Arts District.

Below are the details:

CALL FOR ENTRIES
Creative Corridor: Artists of the Gateway Arts District
Marlborough Gallery, Prince George’s Community College

DEADLINE TO APPLY: December 3, 2016

EXHIBITION DATES: January 19 – February 23, 2017

CREATIVE CORRIDOR
The Prince George’s County Gateway Arts District is a nationally recognized initiative that is unique in its focus on artists and their work, with a handful of organizations serving to support nearly 150 professional artists who maintain studios in the Arts District. It is unlike any other area in the Capital region, and anchors sustainable community building along the Route 1 corridor by maintaining its creativity. Creative Corridor at the Prince George’s Community College Marlborough Gallery showcases the important role the Gateway Arts District plays as a cultural hub for the region, as well as the diversity of the work created in it.

ELIGIBILITY
Creative Corridor is open to artists who live, work, or study, or make art in the Prince George’s County Gateway Arts District. Artists must be at least 18 years of age. Artworks should be no more than 60 inches in any dimension, and must have been completed within the past two years. We cannot support time-based or interactive works in this exhibition.

JURORS
Thomas Berault
Professor of Art, Prince George’s Community College
Phil Davis
Director, Brentwood Art Exchange

EXHIBITION TIMELINE
• December 3 – Deadline to apply
• December 10 – Artists notified
• January 7, 9, 10, 11 – Artists drop off work at Brentwood Arts Exchange
• January 19, 2017 – Exhibition Opens to the public
• February 9 – Opening reception, 7-9 pm.
• February 23 – Exhibition closes at 12 noon.
• March 1-5 – Artists pick up artwork at the Brentwood Arts Exchange.

APPLICATION
Artists may submit up to three artworks for consideration
By Email to gatewayartshow@gmail.com. Email applications must be received by midnight on Saturday, December 3.
On a CD delivered to the Brentwood Arts Exchange attn: Creative Corridor. Applications on CD must be received by 4 pm on Saturday, December 3. Each application should include:
• Images of up to 3 artworks to be considered.
• Artists submitting images of three-dimensional artwork may include up to two images of each artwork as details or alternate views of the artworks included in the application.
• A list of works/images that includes titles, media, size, and dates created.
• Image files should be submitted in jpeg format and no larger than 2MB.
• (Optional) An artist’s statement relevant to the artwork submitted.
• (Optional) An SASE for the return of CDs. CDs will not be returned unless an SASE with adequate postage is provided.
• Artists submitting works on CD are strongly encouraged to write their name and email address on the CD.

APPLICATION ADDRESSES
Email
gateawayartshow@gmail.com
Mail/Hand Delivery
Attn: Phil Davis
Brentwood Arts Exchange
3901 Rhode Island Avenue
Brentwood, MD 20722

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact: gatewayartshow@gmail.com

9th Annual JRA Day December 3

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JRA Day is a one-day showcase of artists who are members of the James Renwick Alliance. This holiday craft show/sale gives the public the opportunity to see and purchase work by artists in many media.Lots of new work, along with about 35 other craft artists! Free admission, easy parking. The James Renwick Alliance is an independent national non-profit organization that celebrates the achievements of America’s craft artists.

The Woman’s Club of Chevy Chase

7931 Connecticut Avenue

Chevy Chase, Maryland

Saturday, December 3, 2016

11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Laurel Library’s Grand Opening Features Public Art Sculpture by Washington Glass Studio

Washington Glass Studio sculpture at the new Laurel Library.

Washington Glass Studio sculpture at the new Laurel Library. Photo by Pete Duvall.

The Washington Glass Studio (WGS) has recently completed installation of a community based site specific public art commission for Prince George’s County Laurel Library. The new building was designed by Grimm + Parker Architects, with the grand opening of the new library scheduled for November 28, 2016. Features of the spectacular new library include an inset floor area in the children’s section where kids will get to peer at a replica velociraptor skeleton through the glass floor. Just a few miles away from the library site is Dinosaur Park, where scientists work to excavate fossils from the early Cretaceous period. Dinosaur imagery was also included as a theme running through the glass artwork panels.

WGS design proposal sketch

WGS design proposal sketch.

WGS was awarded the commission to make the outdoor sculpture at the front of the new library by Maryland’s Prince George’s Arts and Humanities Council (PGAHC). The Art in Public Places Program RFQ sought out artwork that would provide world class artwork for Prince George’’s County residents and visitors. 

WGS proposal for the project was a 17′H internally illuminated glass and steel sculpture that incorporates glass panels made by the community,residents and stakeholders of the Laurel, MD community. The engineering of the steel framework involved detailed analysis of the structure and its components. WGS worked with structural engineer Holbert Apple to ensure the integrity of the design.

Detailed analysis of sculpture was part of the design development process.

Detailed analysis of sculpture was part of the design development process.

Over 100 glass inset panels were made during the series of workshops held at the Washington Glass School. The Baltimore Sun newspaper featured a story by reporter Lisa Philip about the process. 

A series of community glass quilting bees were held at the Washington Glass School for the library during the summer.

A series of community glass quilting bees were held at the Washington Glass School for the library during the summer. Photo by Lisa Philip/Baltimore Sun

 

 

The artwork’s title “Involve Me and I Learn”  is based on a phrase attributed to US Founding Father Benjamin Franklin (who also opened the first US public library). The name references the engagement of the community. The neighborhood and the Laurel Library supporters had joined in making the individual glass panels in workshops at the Washington Glass School.Laurel_Library.artists.washington_glass_school.studio.sculpture.public_art.project.american.great.commission.site_specific.fused.jpg

The resulting variations in each tile’s imagery and technique embody the artist’s concept in bringing the people from the diverse community together to create a cohesive and vibrant sculpture. 

 

 

The artwork inset kiln-formed glass panels express the personality and the  individuality of everyone involved in the project.

The artwork’s internally illuminated kiln-formed glass panels express the personality and the individuality of everyone involved in the project. Photo by Pete Duvall

Project  Information

Artist: Washington Glass Studio 

Design Team: Laurie Brown, Michael Janis, Tim Tate, Erwin Timmers, Audrey Wilson. With Josh Hershman and Pierre Browning.

Structural Engineer : Holbert Apple Assoc Inc 

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Photo by Pete Duvall

Laurel Library
507 7th Street, Laurel, MD 20707

Grand Opening / Dedication – 10:30 AM, Monday, November 28, 2016 – All are invited!

Get Ready For Holiday Open Studio – Dec 10 2016!

gateway.arts.district.2016.open.studios.washington_glass_schoolThe Washington Glass School will be part of the Gateway Arts District Open Studios that will take place from 12-5pm on December 10, 2016. Join the WGS artist and instructors and check out all the surrounding artist makers spaces! So many art spaces to explore and discover incredible artwork for sale! Get ready to be amazed!

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Washington Glass School Artists Exhibiting at Art Miami

img-locationAt the end of the month, the international contemporary art world descends on Miami, Florida for the infamous Art Basel Miami Beach exposition, and its numerous satellite events. The exhibit is shaping up to be more outrageous than ever. Art Basel will open at the Miami Beach Convention Center. While Art Basel Miami Beach is undeniably the main event, it’s spawned more than 20 satellite fairs, stretching from Midtown to Downtown. 

Tim Tate, "Pink Nebula", 18 x 18 x 4, Silver Plated and Colored Frame, Mirror, LED's

Tim Tate, “Pink Nebula”, 18 x 18 x 4, Silver Plated and Colored Frame, Mirror, LED’s

Scope Miami Beach Nov. 29th to Dec. 4th

Tim Tate will be having a solo exhibition at Scope Miami (Alida Anderson Projects in Booth D29). Tim’s new work entices the viewer to look deeply into and completely experience his windows into alternative dimensions. 

Context Art Miami Nov. 29th to Dec. 4th

Audrey Wilson will be showing at Context Art Miami from Nov 29th to Dec 4th (Alida Anderson Art Projects in Booth #326).

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Audrey Wilson, “The Small Hadron Collider”, 2016
Neon, glass, led, mixed
42 × 6 × 6 in

CONTEXT Art Miami, along with the 27th edition of Art Miami, commences on November 29, 2016, with the highly anticipated Opening Night VIP Preview.

If you are in sunny FLA – be sure to see their works! Posting and hashtag-ing is encouraged!

Vitrum Glass Studio to Close

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Vitrum Studio owners Judith Conway and Kevin O’Toole.

Vitrum Studios has announced its intention to close at the end of 2016. Vitrum Studio was started by Judith Conway and Kevin O’Toole in 2001 offering classes and kiln-glass resources. Both artists were recipients of awards in Bullseye Glass’ e-merge, and both had works in the US Arts in Embassies Program. The owners have said that they will continue to research and to develop techniques with Bullseye glass, and are embarking on a new project – Vitrum Studio eBooks. These books will focused on fusing techniques.

We will miss them and we wish them well in their new endeavors!

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From their Nov 10 email:

…”As we approach Vitrum’s 15th birthday, we reflect back on the very beginning of Vitrum Studio.  Our classes, office and retail shop were all in one bay when we opened, and our pants pockets were our cash drawer. During these past fifteen years we have grown to three bays, enlarged the retail and the classroom spaces, opened a smaller Lab classroom and taught hundreds of classes on a wide range of topics to students from all over the world. 

We’ve made wonderful friends in the glass community, and welcomed and learned much from many exceptionally talented guest instructors while we worked with an incredible Vitrum staff of caring, talented artists. We all have grown as artists as we researched, experimented and pushed the boundaries of kiln glass, and we have loved every minute of it.

But now, it is time for a change. Vitrum Studio will officially close its doors at the end of 2016.

As you probably know, running a business is a demanding 24/7 obligation.  Our plans are to spend more time with those who are precious to us, and to spend much needed time in our own studios, designing and developing our own work.
You may be wondering if this decision was also influenced by the environmental issues and the reduced production that Bullseye Glass factory in Portland, Oregon, has been faced with. That is absolutely not the case. They have spent countless hours and large amounts of money researching and installing new filtration systems on their furnaces, and have finally begun to be able to ramp up their production again. By spring of 2017, they should be able to fulfill all orders and be back online 100%. 

We know Bullseye Glass will succeed in all they do, and we will continue to work closely with them as we research and develop new techniques with the Bullseye glass we all love.
Thank you.

We most sincerely thank you for your support of Vitrum Studio through the years. It has been an honor and a pleasure to share our knowledge and our love of glass with you.

Sincerely, Judith and Kevin     Vitrum Studio