American Craft Council (ACC) 2016 “Present Tense” Conference Scholarship Application


The American Craft Council announces a call for applications for student/emerging professional scholarships to attend the 2016 American Craft Council conference, “Present Tense,” on October 13 – 15 in Omaha, Nebraska.

The Council has a strong history of giving emerging makers and scholars opportunities to bring their work to the marketplace and platforms for engaging in ongoing dialogue about the future of craft.

To continue this tradition, the Council will offer $50,000 in full and partial scholarships for the “Present Tense” conference. Students enrolled in a formal university or craft school program (at both the graduate and undergraduate level), students participating in an apprenticeship/mentor program, as well as new professionals (>5 years out of school) are encouraged to apply. Full scholarships include funding for the conference registration fee ($215-$425) plus a travel and accommodation stipend. Partial scholarships provide for the registration fee and may or may not include a travel or accommodation stipend.

The deadline for all scholarship applications has been extended to Thursday, June 23rd. Applicants will be notified via email by Friday, July 8th. Recipients will be selected by a committee. Local, national, and international scholarships will be awarded.

All candidates must be:

1. A full-time student currently enrolled in an art school or university, OR participating in an apprenticeship program/working with a mentor, OR a new professional within five years of graduation. Graduate, undergraduate and post-doc students are invited to apply.
2. Must be a current member of the American Craft Council or become a member before the conference

The scholarships committee will take into consideration the following criteria when considering applicants:

1. Evidence of commitment to and interest in the craft field
2. Interest in contributing to the dialogue and scholarship of the field at large
3. Potential to benefit professionally from attendance at the conference
4. Financial need

Scholarship recipients are required to attend the entire conference. To help us ensure the ongoing improvement of the scholarship program, all scholarship winners will be required to submit a post-conference evaluation by November 11, 2016.

All applicants will be notified on or before July 8, 2016.

Details on the conference schedule and registration can be found on the registration page:

* Required

Smithsonian Renwick “Connections” Opens July 1, 2016

renwickThis summer the permanent collection returns to the 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” will include iconic favorites alongside new acquisitions made during the museum’s renovation, which will be displayed at the museum for the first time. Nora Atkinson, The Lloyd Herman Curator of Craft, selected the objects and conceived the innovative presentation. Atkinson’s arrangement breaks from typical display formats based on chronology or material to instead focus on the interconnectivity of objects and the overlapping stories they tell.

Steven Young Lee, "Vase with Landscape and Dinosaurs" 2014

Steven Young Lee, Vase with Landscape and Dinosaurs, 2014, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Richard Fryklund, Giselle and Ben Huberman, David and Clemmer Montague, and museum purchase through the Howard Kottler Endowment for Ceramic Art

In selecting both pioneering and contemporary pieces, Atkinson selections also explore the underlying current of craft as a balancing, humanistic force in the face of an ever-more efficiency-driven, virtual world. The exhibition highlights the evolution of the craft field as it transitions into a new phase at the hands of contemporary artists, showcasing the activist values, optimism, and uninhibited approach of today’s young artists, which in some way echoes the communal spirt and ideology of the pioneers of the American Studio Craft Movement in their heyday.


The artworks range from the 1930’s through today and span numerous media. New acquisitions such as John Grade’s Shoal (Bone Shoal Sonance), Judith Schaechter’s The Birth of Eve, Marie Watt’sEdson’s Flag, and Akio Takamori’s Woman and Child make their debut in the gallery while seminal works including Wendell Castle’s Ghost Clock, Karen LaMonte’s Reclining Dress Impression with Drapery, Albert Paley’s Portal Gates, and Lenore Tawney’s Box of Falling Stars return to view.

Americans For The Arts Convention 2016

2016 Americans for the Arts Leadership Award

2016 Americans for the Arts Leadership Award

For nearly 60 years, Americans for the Arts has convened an annual convention for arts and community leaders to network and discuss strategies for building stronger towns, counties, and cities through the arts. The Americans for the Arts annual convention opens June 17 – 19, 2016 in Boston, MA and this year’s convention explores the role of the arts in creating and sustaining healthy, vibrant, equitable communities.  The Washington Glass Studio is proud to have made the awards for the 2016 Annual Leadership Awards.

The Americans For The Arts awards are prepared for shipping.

The Americans For The Arts awards are prepared for shipping.

These awards recognize the achievements of individuals and organizations committed to enriching their communities through the arts. Honorees, including this year’s Robert E. Gard awardee, will be presented with their awards at the 2016 Annual Convention in Boston, MA.

This year’s recipients are: 

  • Brad Erickson: Alene Valkanas State Arts Advocacy Award
  • Flora Maria Garcia: Michael Newton Award
  • Barbara Goldstein: Public Art Network Award
  • Laura Perille: Arts Education Award
  • Michael Spring: Selina Roberts Ottum Award
  • Octavia Yearwood: American Express Emerging Leaders Award

“Our Leadership Award honorees have distinguished themselves as tremendous leaders and passionate advocates for the arts and arts education,” said Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts. “These leaders have implemented innovative and transformative programs to strengthen the communities they serve, and their unwavering commitment to local, state, and national support for the arts is deserving of this recognition.”

Congrats to all in advance!
For info on the Americans For the Arts Convention – click here.

To jump to the Americans for the Arts webpage – click here.

VCU Craft/Material Studies’ Sandhya Kiran Chiluvuri Independent Study

Sandhya Kiran works on her cast & fused glass in the studio

Sandhya Kiran works on her cast & fused glass in the studio

Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Craft/Material Studies student Sandhya Kiran Chiluvuri has been doing independent study at Washington Glass School. Her goal was to work with recycled glass, and she sought out eco-artist (& Washington Glass School director) Erwin Timmers.

Sandhya has been working with kiln formed float glass

Sandhya has been working with kiln formed float glass







Erwin had assigned specific projects that Sandhya has been applying a number of different techniques to broaden her knowledge of the manipulating the medium.

Sandhya exhibited her works to the Washington Glass School on Friday for a full studio critique, where all the artists commented on both their interpretation of the skills shown and her narrative presentation.

Erwin Timmers outlines his directions for Sanhya's independent study projects.

Erwin Timmers outlines his directions to the review panel of Sandhya’s independent study projects.

Bullseye Glass Reaches Agreement With Oregon DEQ: Glass Will Flow!

Our long national nightmare is over.

Bullseye Glass Co. has signed an agreement with the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. The Mutual Agreement and Order (MAO) signed today allows Bullseye (BE) to continue the process, started in February, of installing emissions control technology on their factory furnaces.

A pilot emissions control system (baghouse) is already in place, which allows BE to make limited quantities of reds, oranges, and yellows. Starting in mid-July, BE has announced plans to bring a second baghouse online, which should allow the factory to resume making most other styles in limited quantities.

According to the BE release, inventory of many styles will remain low until after BE has a third, larger system installed and operational in August.

At that time, Bullseye hopes to return to previous production and staffing levels.

addendum June 8, 2016: 

In the good news, bad news realm: The good news is that both Bullseye and Uroboros have reached an agreement with the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and are moving toward putting filters on their furnaces so they can get back to making glass full time. For the bad news -Bullseye Glass advises that a price increase is on the way. Effective August 1st, Bullseye will increase glass prices a hefty 12.5%. That will likely make the retail price of some of their gold glasses exceed $350 per sheet. Evidently the price increase is across the line, even extending to Tekta clear, which wasn’t impacted by the environmental issues. 

Happy to see the companies take steps not to pollute – but its gonna cost ya.

Art Hamptons June 23 – 26, 2016


Positioned to launch the summer season, the leading modern and contemporary art fair, Art Hamptons 2016 opens Thursday, June 23 and runs through Sunday, June 26. Held annually, the fair presents 70+ dealers featuring works of art in Bridgehampton – one of the most exclusive neighborhoods in the Hamptons.arthamptons

Michigan’s Habatat Galleries invites all to come and visit booth #200 at Art Hamptons in Bridghampton New York!

Habatat Galleries will be featuring the artwork of Michael Janis, Toots Zynsky, Daniel Clayman, Howard Ben Tré, Vivian Wang, Hiroshi Yamano, Loretta H Yang, Colin Reid, Michael Glancy, Leah Wingfield, Tim Tate, Emily Brock, Debora Moore, Laszlo Lukacsi, and Marlene Rose.

The Habatat booth will be front row center and Habatat has complimentary tickets to the event – contact the gallery for more information.

Art Hamptons

June 23-26th at 900 Lumber Lane, Bridgehampton, NY 11932


Washington Glass School Wishes All A Peaceful Memorial Day

One of the fused glass panels made for the new Laurel Library public artwork.

One of the fused glass panels made for the new Laurel Library public artwork.

To many, Memorial Day, the federal U.S. holiday that takes place every year on the last Monday of May, is just another excuse for a three-day weekend. It’s also known as the day that marks the official start of summer and as a day devoted to getting great deals at the mall. However, the true meaning of Memorial Day goes far beyond barbecues and mattress sales.

The holiday began after the Civil War, and at that time was known as “Decoration Day.” While it was originally founded to honor the soldiers who died in the Civil War, today, Memorial Day is a day to honor all of the Americans who have died in military service.

Patriotic Americans should take a moment from their day of celebration and leisure to reflect on the brave sacrifices of those who have given their lives for this great nation. 

Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism. George Washington


James Renwick Alliance Distinguished Artist: Donald Friedlich

Don Friedlich, "Navel Orange Brooch" cast glass

Don Friedlich, “Navel Orange Brooch” cast glass

The James Renwick Alliance (JRA) is committed to advancing scholarship, education and an appreciation of craft art as well as promoting individual achievements of excellence and innovation in craft. The JRA’s mission is to promote education, support and appreciation of craft. Each year, the JRA sponsors its Distinguished Artist Series, where craft artists prominent in their fields conduct workshops and give lectures. Each of the “Distinguished Artist” weekends include a workshop and the artist presents their work in the newly renovated Grand Salon at the Smithsonian Renwick Gallery.

On June 4th & 5th, Donald Friedlich will present and talk about his innovative contemporary jewelry that incorporates cast glass.

Donald Friedlich has been an innovative jeweler for over 40 years. Lauded for his stark, designerly forms and, most recently, for his luminous jewelry pieces in glass and gold, his work can be found in the collections of London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Corning Museum of Glass. 

Don’s work involves a wide array of techniques in this new jewelry – including artwork inspired by food, which combines four of his passions: food, humor, glass and jewelry. He literally is doing “lost celery casting” and “lost asparagus casting”. By casting these mundane materials in glass Don hopes that the viewer will see them in a new light and realize what beautiful forms they are. 

Don Friedlich, "Asparagus Brooches" cast glass

Don Friedlich, “Asparagus Brooches” cast glass

Some of the other designs are press molded and are in line with his recent series inspired by water and geometry. 


The JRA Distinguished Artist Workshop will take place on Saturday, June 4th from 9:30am to 12:00. There are still some spaces in the Donald Friedlich workshop on June 4. He will be demonstrating press molding hot glass, creating molds and cold-working techniques. For more information, go to the link

Location of workshop: DC Glassworks

5346 46th Avenue
Hyattsville MD 20781

The Sunday, June 5th lecture is free and open to the public and will take place from 2:00pm – 3:00pm in the newly renovated Grand Salon at the Renwick Gallery.

Baltimore Sun Covers Washington Glass Studio’s Laurel Library Artwork Workshops

The Washington Glass Studio was awarded the commission to create the new landmark artwork sculpture for the Laurel Library (now under construction next to Emancipation Park in Laurel, MD). Baltimore Sun reporter Lisa Philip visited the Washington Glass Studio last week as the Library area residents and interested citizens collaborated in glass-making workshops to make the inset panels . Click HERE to jump to Lisa Philip’s article on how the artwork is engaging the community.

Baltimore Sun coverage of how the Washington Glass Studio engages community.

Baltimore Sun coverage of how the Washington Glass Studio engages community.

photo credit:Lisa Philip / Baltimore Sun Media Group Erwin Timmers, co-founder and -director of Washington Glass Studio, advises a Laurel resident on his creation of a glass tile for the public art sculpture that will stand in front of the new Laurel Library, set to open this fall.

photo credit:Lisa Philip / Baltimore Sun Media Group
Erwin Timmers, co-founder and -director of Washington Glass Studio, advises a Laurel resident on his creation of a glass tile for the public art sculpture that will stand in front of the new Laurel Library, set to open this fall.

JRA Distinguished Artist Sibylle Peretti Workshop and Lecture @ Smithsonian Renwick Gallery

Sibylle Peretti; “Siblings”; glass; 15″ x 22″ x 10″, 2005. What stands out in artist Sibylle Peretti’s artwork are the intense images of children in nature – part dream and part fairy tale.

As part of the James Renwick Alliance “Distinguished Artist” series – glass artist Sibylle Peretti was in Washington, DC for a workshop and presentation at the Smithsonian Renwick Gallery.


Artist Sibylle Peretti demonstrates her techniques at the JRA Distinguished Artist workshop held at Weisser Studio.

The JRA gets to pull their thumb out!

The JRA gets to pull their finger out!

Sibylle’s workshop – held at Weisser Studio was great fun, the attendees were able to see how Sibylle creates the molds and forms for her enigmatic artwork. 

The JRA held dinners in her honor  - and many were able to talk with the artist about her inspirations, process and history. 

Michael Janis introduces JRA Distinguished Artist Sibylle Peretti

Michael Janis introduces JRA Distinguished Artist Sibylle Peretti

On Sunday, May 22, Sibylle Peretti presented her works to the audience that gathered at the Smithsonian Renwick Gallery. The Renwick Gallery has had such a tremendous upturn in attendance with the “Wonder” exhibit – that even with the constant rain, a sizable crowd listened in rapt attention.

The JRA has had so many great artist presentations – we can’t wait for the next one! Click HERE to jump to the James Renwick Alliance Distinguished Artist Series page.


Sibylle Peretti talking about her work at the Smithsonian Renwick Gallery