The Process: Site-Specific Art Project by Washington Glass Studio

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Design sketches of the two lobby areas were created.

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Sample showing glass colorways.

Washington Glass Studio recently completed commissions for artwork in a refurbished downtown Bethesda building lobby. Working with art consultants, Directions in Art, Washington Glass Studio began creating artwork options for two levels of an office building that was undergoing a major renovation. 

The proposed floor-to-ceiling glass artwork was designed to be fully backlit with LED panels, giving the artwork a strong visual punch.  The artwork proposals were presented to the client, and the direction on colors was approved. 

Crushed glass (frit) was used to make the large circles of glass color.

Crushed glass (frit) was used to make the large circles of glass color.

 

Working with the building architects, the design was modified to allow for a stainless steel surrounding frame. The framework would conceal the electrical transformers required for the LED wall. Timing and coordination issues for installation on two separate floors were addressed, as were wall structure concerns.

Artists Audrey Wilson and Erwin Timmers discuss the fabrication of the glass panels.

Artists Audrey Wilson and Erwin Timmers discuss the fabrication of the glass panels.

Layers of fused glass created the desired textures and colors.

Layers of fused glass created the desired textures and colors.

Installation of the main lobby artwork.

Installation of the main lobby artwork.

The finished artwork. WGS Project team: Tim Tate, Erwin Timmers, Michael Janis, Audrey Wilson

The finished artwork. WGS Project team: Tim Tate, Erwin Timmers, Michael Janis, Audrey Wilson

Bas-Relief Cast Glass In Architectural Settings

Kiln cast glass by Patrick Truby / Trubydesign.

Kiln cast glass by Patrick Truby / Trubydesign.

Exhibit and graphic designer Patrick Truby checked in with a couple photos of an architectural project that he completed that featured the cast glass he made at the Washington Glass School. Said Patrick of his work “…Refinished this 1920′s door set on barn style sliders for a friend’s house renovation with inset piece of dimensional kiln formed glass produced during my time … at Washington Glass School”

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Cast glass by Patrick Truby

Patrick used to be the senior designer for the National Geographic Museum, where he designed graphics, exhibition build elements and promotional materials for over 60 in-house and traveling exhibits, ranging from information kiosks to touring exhibitions.

Fleet-Explorer In 2012, Patrick created cast glass artwork for Lindblad-National Geographic’s expedition ship, the National Geographic Explorer. Below is a photo of one of the cast glass panels as it was installed in one of the ship’s lounge areas.

Bas-relief cast glass panel in the Explorer depicts a school of fish swimming around the sandblast text.

Bas-relief cast glass panel in the Explorer depicts a school of fish swimming around the sandblast text.

 

NCAGG @ WGS

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Michael Janis talks about the design of the scaled maquette for the Laurel Library sculpture.

Michael Janis talks about the design of the scaled maquette for the Laurel Library sculpture. Photo by Sherry Selevan.

The National Capital Area Glass Guild (NCAGG) is a group of about 200 glass artists of all persuasions primarily from Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC as well as several other states and countries. The NCAGG is a non-profit group that comes together to share ideas, learn from each other, and have fun.

The NCAGG visited at the Washington Glass School for a presentation on public art works. Tim Tate, Erwin Timmers and Michael Janis covered how possible 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.

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NCAGG at WGS

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Erwin Timmers and Michael Janis outline some of the public art presentations that went awry. Photo by Sherry Selevan.

The presentation ended with a Q & A that had all engaged. For more info on the NCAGG – click HERE.

SCOPE NYC Features Washington Glass School Artists

michael janis glass art new york scopeMichigan’s Habatat Galleries will be exhibiting at SCOPE New York March 3rd – 6th of 2016! Make sure to plan to stop by Habatat Galleries Booth for the most exciting display at the show – as they will be featuring works by Sean Hennessey, Michael Janis and Tim Tate!

With over 75 art fairs spanning more than 15 years, SCOPE is celebrated as the premier showcase for international emerging contemporary art and multi-disciplinary creative programming. Renowned for its uncanny ability to forecast new visual trends that are embraced globally, SCOPE Art Shows garner extensive critical acclaim. With an attendance of 1.2 million visitors, SCOPE Art Show is the largest and most global emerging art fair in the world.

SCOPE New York opens on Thursday, March 3, 2016, with a VIP Preview benefit, and will run March 3 – 6, 2016. 

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Corning Museum of Glass Appoints New Curator of Modern and Contemporary Glass

The Corning Museum of Glass (CMoG) today announced the appointment of Susie J. Silbert as curator of modern and contemporary glass. An independent curator, writer, and historian, Silbert has developed an encyclopedic knowledge of glass, and strong connections to people in the field. In her new role, Silbert will be responsible for the acquisition, exhibition, cataloguing, and research of the Museum’s modern and contemporary collection, a period ranging from 1900 to the present day. She will also oversee the programming of the 26,000-square-foot Contemporary Art + Design Galleries, part of a 100,000-square-foot addition which opened in March 2015. Silbert will join the Museum on April 18.

Susie SilbertSilbert fills the position following the retirement of Tina Oldknow, who was curator from 2000-2015.The modern and contemporary glass collection contains close to 18,000 objects, and expands annually through gifts and acquisitions.

With a background in craft, design, and glassmaking, Silbert has a passion for interpreting the built world. In her current role as an independent curator, Silbert has partnered with institutions and arts organizations including Parsons The New School for Design, UrbanGlass, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, and the Center for Art in Wood, amongst others. She has worked on numerous exhibitions featuring diverse media, and has contributed to exhibition catalogues for the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and the Chrysler Museum. Silbert has also worked with galleries and artists, most notably holding the position of curator and collaborator at the studio of glass innovator, Mark Peiser. She currently teaches history of glass at Rhode Island School of Design, and is a board member of the Furniture Society. She was also named a finalist for the inaugural American Craft Council Emerging Voices Award (2014) and an Emerging Leader of New York Arts (2014-2015).

Read more at the Corning Museum site.

Sean Hennessey – Habatat Galleries’ Featured Artist

Habatat Galleries Featured Artist : Sean Hennessey

Habatat Galleries Featured Artist : Sean Hennessey

Congrats to Sean Hennessey - Habatat Galleries Michigan have him as their Featured Artist. Habatat Galleries was established in 1971 in a suburb of Detroit, Michigan. Habatat is the oldest and largest glass artwork gallery in the United States devoted exclusively to artists working with glass as their medium. Their 12,000 sq. ft. Michigan gallery is the home of the original International Glass Invitational, which for 43 years has introduced and exhibited the greatest artists working creatively with glass. Habatat Galleries’ goal is to take an active interest in developing collections and promoting artists whom they feel should be recognized in our generation and beyond. 

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Click HERE to jump to Habatat Galleries website.

Sean’s artworks will be featured at SCOPE New York, March 3-6, 2016 and Habatat Galleries 44th International InvitationalMay 5-7, 2016.

 

Palm Springs Fine Art Fair kicks off Thursday, Feb 11

palmspringsartfair.tate.2016The fifth annual Palm Springs Fine Art Fair returns to Southern California – scheduled over the President’s Day Weekend! 

Michigan’s Habatat Galleries will be offering the work of Susan Taylor Glasgow, Tim Tate and Janusz Walentynowitz. While at the show, check out Booth #107-109 (and make sure to wish Corey Hampson a Happy Birthday!) 

Palm Springs Art Fair

February 11-14, 2016

Palm Springs Convention Center
277 N Avenida Caballeros
Palm Springs CA 92262

Bullseye Glass Has Suspended Use of Arsenic and Cadmium Because of Air Quality Concerns

By Daniel Forbes from the Portland Mercury (dated Feb 4th, 2016):

Bullseye Glass is suspending its use of cadmium and arsenic for now, following concerns by state regulators over alarming concentrations of those substances in the air around the Southeast Portland facility. Co-owner Daniel Schwoerer emailed a short statement to the Mercury this morning:

“As of yesterday we have suspended the production of all cadmium and arsenic-bearing glasses until we better understand the information that you have brought forward.”

In a brief phone interview, Schwoerer reiterated something he said Monday: “I’m totally surprised by DEQ’s findings. We have worked with DEQ for 40 years and were never once told there were state benchmarks to meet. It’s all a major surprise.”

He declined to answer whether he still had faith in the air pollution control device commonly known as a “baghouse” that DEQ requires Bullseye Glass to deploy.

Asked in general about the by-products of making glass using cadmium and arsenic, Schwoerer said, “There shouldn’t be any by-products. The solution goes all into the glass. We’re not knowingly doing anything wrong.”

Schwoerer then ended the interview, saying that he had a room full of Bullseye employees waiting to hear from him. That he had to do “damage control.”

Update: Bullseye released the following statement on Facebook.

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American Craft Council Search for New Director of Education

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The American Craft Council (ACC) is the leading nationwide arts nonprofit cultivating a culture of making. For more than 75 years, the American Craft Council has championed craft. The ACC recognizes and values the profound impact craft has on individuals and communities. Today, the ACC efforts span the nation, supporting professional makers through unique craft shows and educational resources. The ACC engages artists, the public, and scholars through a one-of-a-kind reference library, conferences, public lectures, and student programs. Their national awards honor long-time master artisans and spotlight emerging and traditional rare-craft artists.The ACC also promotes the handmade through their resource-rich website, award-winning magazine American Craft, and through social media platforms.

The ACC moved to Minneapolis, MN in 2010, and they have reinvigorated and expanded their programs to benefit and grow the craft community.

The ACC is seeking a new Director of Education - a key position in the organization. Below are the job details:

Position: Director of Education

Reports to: Executive Director of the American Craft Council

Summary: The director of education is responsible for creating a roster of thought-provoking, strategic, and engaging educational programming that will position the American Craft Council as a leader in the field, attract a growing audience, and facilitate meaningful conversation about craft.

Primary Responsibilities:
1. In accordance with the Council’s strategic plan, develop and execute a roster of programs that will:• Strengthen economic opportunities within the craft field, including development of professional development programs for established and emerging artists• Promote and advocate for craft as an important cultural resource• Provide thought leadership and cultivate critical thinking about contemporary craft2. Oversee the budget for the education department and work with the development department to make recommendations for potential sources of programmatic support for all educational programs. Working closely with the development team, assist in authoring grants and presentations to foundations, individuals, and organizations that may give financial support for education programs.3. Promote the programs of the Council in collaboration with the marketing department. Working with the marketing and communications director, identify and execute promotional campaigns for outreach for programs to a wide audience, including development of promotional materials in both print and online formats.4. Identify and develop beneficial programmatic partnerships with other individuals, organizations, and institutions that will strengthen the Council’s ability to fulfill its mission to champion craft. Develop and manage key relationships with local and national craft education, craft media, and other arts organizations. Continue local and national educational initiatives, including Library Salon Series, Crafted Conversations Series, Craft Cage Match, media-specific organization conference speaker partnerships, and others.5. Manage and develop artist training initiatives, including web coursework, in partnership with MICA and other constituent partners. Oversee School-to-Market program with partner school faculty and students as part of ACC show initiative.6. Supervise and manage the library as a key component of the Council’s education program. Position the library as a premier source for information about contemporary craft and expand access to library materials through digitization. Supervise and manage the librarian and part-time librarian, developing and recommending library policies to ensure smooth operation of all library functions.7. Lead strategy, planning, and implementation of ACC national conference program, beginning in 2016 and continuing every three years.8. Contribute to scholarly discourse on the field of craft through posts on ACC website, articles for American Craft magazine, Emerging Voices Awards publication, ACC podcast, and with outside partners as appropriate.9. Oversee the roster of ACC award programs including the ACC Awards (Gold Medal, College of Fellows, Award of Distinction and Award of Philanthropy), the Emerging Voices Awards, the Rare Craft Fellowship Award in Association with The Balvenie, and the American Craft Show Awards of Excellence.10. Supervise and manage the education coordinator, education and library interns, and project-specific contractors to ensure successful execution of programs and complete after action reviews of work.11. Act as an ambassador for the American Craft Council and its programs, promoting the Council as a leader in the field.

Additional Responsibilities:• Work collaboratively with other senior staff and the executive director to develop education policies and procedures for the Council.• Work with committees of the Council’s board, particularly the Education Committee and Awards Committee to determine strategies for education programming and awards presentation.• Maintain all records of programmatic and partnership activities.• Perform other tasks as assigned or necessary.

Position Requirements:• Seven years professional educational program development in the art/craft field• Organized self-starter with excellent written and verbal communication skills• Well-developed interpersonal skills including the ability to work closely with trustees, ACC members, colleagues, and outside constituents• Proficient computer skills with a working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications• Proven track record of successful development of arts educational programs on a local and national level• Experience in shaping and maintaining national partnerships with cultural institutions, membership organizations and colleges/universities• Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred• Salary commensurate with experience.

Application: To apply, please send a cover letter, resume and salary requirements to Lindsay Noble at  employment@craftcouncil.org.

Please submit your application by February 26, 2106.