No Dim Bulbs in Lighting Class!

Erwin Timmers instructs one of the lighting class students.

Erwin Timmers instructs one of the lighting class students.

Erwin Timmer’s artistic lighting class these past few weeks brought some serious color to the studio – really brightening up the studio!

Over the three week class, students completed a number of lighting designs, ranging from pendant to wall sconces and table lamps. Great to see how each created functional art that reflected the tastes and aesthetics of each of the artists. This was certainly a class that put forth the effort in the design!

Vibha's glass design was dazzling!

Vibha’s glass design was dazzling!

Students designed and made the glass as well as assembled the mounting hardware.

Students designed and made the glass as well as assembled the mounting hardware.

Louis Comfort Tiffany would have been jealous of the glass created for the light fixture.

Louis Comfort Tiffany would have been jealous of the glass created for the light fixture.

Jerrelee loves her light fixture that relates to her artwork.

Jerrelee loves her light fixture that relates to her artwork.

Tim Tate @ Florida’s Art Boca Raton and Benzaiten Center

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Friday, Mar 18, 2016 to Monday, Mar 21, 2016  - Booth #110 

Michigan’s Habatat Galleries will be exhibiting the work of Laura Donefer, Tim Tate, Udo Zembok, Alex Bernstein, Dan Dailey, Michael Glancy, Bretislav Novak Jr., Clifford Rainey, Ethan Stern, Peter Bremers, Michael Behrens, Christina Bothwell, Marlene Rose and Vivian Wang at Florida’s Art Boca Raton contemporary art fair.

Tim Tate; "Vitruvian Visions"36 x 36 x 4"; Glass, Aluminum, Poly-Vitro, Electronics

Tim Tate; “Vitruvian Visions”; 36 x 36 x 4″; Glass, Aluminum, Poly-Vitro, Electronics. photo credit: Pete Duvall/Anything Photographic


Art Boca Raton

International Pavilion of the Palm Beaches
at the Research Park at Florida Atlantic University
3450 NW 8th Avenue, Boca Raton, FL 33431

Tim Tate will also be featured at the Benzaiten Center for the Creative Arts in nearby Lake Worth, FL.

The Benzaiten Center’s mission is to support the creation of significant new works of art, collaboration between peers across multiple media and instruction from master to emerging artists.

On Friday, March 18th, 6- 8pm Tim will be at the Gallery Opening featuring his work and a discussion about 21st Century Narrative glass artwork.

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On Saturday, March 19th, Tim Tate – as the featured artist along with Benzaiten’s Creative Director Rick Eggert and the Center’s glass crew – will be performing a glass blowing demo as he creates new work for SOFA Chicago at the Glasstronomique fundraiser.

Benzaiten Center for Creative Arts

1105 2nd Avenue South

Lake Worth, Florida 33460

NCAGG “See The Light” @ VisArts Gibbs St Gallery

ncaggThe National Capitol Art Glass Guild (NCAGG) has a juried member show opening in Rockville, MD.

The show, titled “See The Light” will be at the Gibbs Street Gallery at VisArts in Rockville, MD from April 1 to May 1, 2016.

Congratulations to WGS artists whose work was selected: Veta Carney & Patricia Kent

Trish Kent, Dress Series, kilnformed glass

Trish Kent, Dress Series, kilnformed glass

Veta Carney, "Ursa Major". cast, blown, sandblasted and lampworked glass, ultraviolet light. photo: Pete Duvall

Veta Carney, “Ursa Major”. cast, blown, sandblasted and lampworked glass, ultraviolet light. photo: Pete Duvall

The NCAGG Exhibit Jurors:

Pati Young (Board member of the American Craft Council, art collector), 

Jack Devine (Principal Partner of Artists Circle Fine Art, Member of the VisArts Artist Advisory Council, VisArts Board of Directors, and Chair of the Gallery Committee),and

Kari Minnick (Internationally recognized glass artist and teacher)

See the Light

Gibbs Street Gallery

155 Gibbs Street, Rockville, MD  20850

Opening Reception: Friday, April 8, 7 – 9 PM

Artists Talk and Demonstration: Sunday, April 24, 2 PM

Dean Allison’s Glass Sculpture Finalist in Smithsonian Portrait Competition

What would the earth look like if shadows disappeared?; 15 x 20 x 16 inches; cast glass

Dean Allison; “What would the earth look like if shadows disappeared?”; 15 x 20 x 16 inches; cast glass

Introduced to glass in 1998 at Illinois State University, Dean Allison currently is a 3-year resident artist at the Penland School of Crafts. Dean’s work is an exploration of portrait sculpture in glass. He celebrates intrinsic beauty through physical form and through the afflictions and joys of life’s many stages. He begins with a life cast of his subject, usually a friend or family member. The final portrait, made in cast glass and resin, expresses the fragility and transparency of human experience through a medium that inherently captures those qualities. The artist notes, “I’m thinking about the inside/invisible aspect of a person and the outside/visible aspect that one creates and adorns for external display. Glass is the middle ground, the window to look through.”

Dean’s cast glass sculpture was one of the 43 finalists selected from the competition’s more than 2,500 entries received. 

Every three years, the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery hosts the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition.  The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery focuses on the important role that contemporary portraiture could play in the life of the gallery, as well as in heralding the museum’s engagement with figurative art and portraiture in today’s world. The exhibit “The Outwin 2016: American Portraiture Today” will run March 12, 2016 – January 8, 2017.

Vote for the “People’s Choice” selection of the finalists - here - (be like Chicago-born Dean and vote early & often!)

Dean Allison's sculpture at the Smithsonian. L-R Nancy Kerr, Tim Tate, Dean Allison

Dean Allison’s sculpture at the Smithsonian. L-R Nancy Kerr, Tim Tate, Dean Allison

 

 

JRA SPRING CRAFT WEEKEND 2016!

James Renwick Alliance JRA SCW 2016 Join the James Renwick Alliance (JRA) for Spring Craft Weekend 2016 on April 1-3 for a joyful celebration of American Craft.

Spring Craft Weekend is a fabulous three day celebration of works made in ceramics, fiber, glass, metal and wood…where Craft as Art is explored in many forms. The JRA honors individuals or organizations in the craft world who have made significant and pioneering contributions in craft education.

This year’s Spring Craft Weekend includes a free symposium on Saturday, April 2 at the recently renovated Smithsonian Renwick Gallery – 10:30 am – 12:00pm.

Saturday Symposium panel: Stuart Kestenbaum, Chair, Board of Trustees of the American Craft Council and former Director of Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, will chair a panel discussion with four renowned artists: Theresa Secord, founder of the Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance; Sonya Clark, fiber artist and Chair of the Craft and Material Studies Program at VCU; David Keefe, creator of Combat Paper NJ in New Jersey; and Alleghany Meadows, studio potter and founder of Artstream Nomadic Gallery.

Saturday Symposium panel: Stuart Kestenbaum, Chair, Board of Trustees of the American Craft Council and former Director of Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, will chair a panel discussion with four renowned artists: Theresa Secord, founder of the Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance; Sonya Clark, fiber artist and Chair of the Craft and Material Studies Program at VCU; David Keefe, creator of Combat Paper NJ in New Jersey; and Alleghany Meadows, studio potter and founder of Artstream Nomadic Gallery.

 

For more info on Spring Craft Weekend & to register for the events – click HERE.

 

 

The James Renwick Alliance is an independent national
nonprofit organization, created to recognize the achievements of
America’s craft artists and to foster scholarship, education and public
appreciation of craft art. Founded in 1982, the Alliance contributes to
the nation’s showcase of contemporary American craft, the Smithsonian
American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery in Washington, D.C.
with acquisitions for the permanent collection, exhibitions support
and education and scholarship programs.

Bullseye Glass: List of Suspended Glass Colors

Bullseye Glass has been at the center of controversy about Portland, OR air pollution ever since early February, when Oregon regulators asked the company to stop using the carcinogenic metals cadmium and arsenic. The request was prompted by tests showing high concentrations of the pollutant in nearby air.

Bullseye Glass and Uroboros glass have agreed to stop using cadmium and arsenic in their manufacturing, along with a third and more toxic metal, chromium. A list of Bullseye  Glass colors affected by the manufacturing change was obtained by Washington Glass School – as follows:

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Bullseye Glass colors and code

Glass Beads Found In Danish Grave Linked To King Tut’s Death Mask

Scientists working in Denmark have unearthed glass blue beads crafted in an ancient Egyptian workshop for King Tutankhamun that made its way north to Europe 3,400 years ago. The find helps prove there was contact between the two regions long ago and suggests possible ancient trade routes.

An elaborate glass bead with amber embedding found in a 3400-year old Danish grave turns out to have come from ancient Egypt.

An elaborate glass bead with amber embedding found in a 3400-year old Danish grave turns out to have come from ancient Egypt. credit: Roberto Fortuna and Kira Ursem

After taking a new look at a pair of ancient cobalt beads, archaeologists now believe these Bronze Age artifacts may have been manufactured in the same workshop as the blue glass on King Tut’s death mask. The researchers say the new discovery is the first Egyptian cobalt glass that has been found outside the Mediterranean area.

The mask of Tutankhamun credit: DE AGOSTINI / A. JEMOLO VIA GETTY IMAGES

The mask of Tutankhamun.The solid gold death mask contains blue glass in the stripes of the headdress, as well as in the inlay of the plaited false beard. credit: DE AGOSTINI / A. JEMOLO VIA GETTY IMAGES

For the research, an international team of Danish and French archaeologists used a technique called plasma-mass spectrometry to analyze the chemical composition of 23 glass beads dating back to between 1400 and 1100 B.C. The set of beads was unearthed from Danish graves in the late 19th century.

If that’s the case, an extensive trade network likely ran from ancient Denmark to Egypt and Mesopotamia around 3,400 years ago, the researchers say.

For more info – read the online article.

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.