Class 2604 – Glass and Steel Tables

This is your chance to venture into making a piece of furniture for your home.  You will cast or fuse an incredibly cool glass top to create the table of your own design.   You will get an introduction to welding and then cut and weld a steel frame to finish your one-of-a-kind piece.  No prior welding or glass experience is needed but not discouraged.

 

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New DC Metro Bus G9 – Downtown to Washington Glass School

All Aboard!

All Aboard! Next stop: Washington Glass School!

We thought the Washington Glass School readers would be happy to hear about the addition of a new transportation option that has started in the District that benefits the Glass School. The new express bus line, the G9, will run from Mt. Rainier to DC’s 14th Street NW along Rhode Island Avenue.

DC Metro Bus Route G9 has begin service on March 20, 2017 and will operate weekdays from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., every 15 to 20 minutes from Eastern Avenue to Franklin Sq. Route G9 Rhode Island Ave Limited Line comes after many studies and community outreach was conducted amongst local businesses and area residents. It was determined that a rush hour, bi-directional MetroExtra limited stop service was much needed. Route G9 is expected to service over 1,000 people per day. Due to recent area growth, buses traveling in the area have become overcrowded resulting in an uncomfortable ride for passengers. Route G9 will provide customers traveling along Rhode Island Ave more direct and faster service.

G9 Metro Bus route from Downtown DC to Mt Rainier Gateway Arts District.

G9 Metro Bus route from Downtown DC to Mt Rainier Gateway Arts District.

Tired of the Snow? Go to Sunny FLA!

bocaratonArt Boca Raton 2017 opens its doors this week, ushering in the fair’s second edition. Art Boca Raton’s second annual fair promises to deliver with world-class contemporary, modern, and cutting edge art from a premier selection of international galleries. Guests and collectors to the fair can experience some of the greatest modern masters along with being introduced the freshest new artists. Michigan’s Habatat Galleries will be showing at the art fair – their space (Booth #110) will feature works by Wilfried Grootens, Vivian Wang, Stephen Rolfe Powell, Tim Tate, Lucy Lion, Latchezar Boyadjiev, Marlene Rose and Michael Janis.

Tim Tate's "Guardians To Stop The Vanishing"

Tim Tate’s “Guardians To Stop The Vanishing” will be sure to mesmerize the art fair-goers.

Michael Janis "taking flight" cast and fused glass and steel; 23" x 36"

Michael Janis’ glass artwork “Taking Flight” will be exhibited at Habatat Galleries space #110.

Art Boca Raton takes place March 15th to the 19th, 2017 in the International Pavilion of the Palm Beaches on the grounds of Research Park at Florida Atlantic University, located at 3450 NW 8th Avenue in partnership with the Boca Raton Museum of Art and other local institutions.

James Renwick Alliance Spring Craft Weekend 2017!

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The James Renwick Alliance’s (JRA) annual celebration of American craft, Spring Craft Weekend includes a symposium featuring five masters of craft art, the JRA annual gala, and a tour of the homes of prominent collectors. The events take place the weekend of April 1st – and so much is going on!

The 2017 Masters of the Media Lecture

9:15AM-NOON, SATURDAY, APRIL 1, 2017
FREE EVENT | Sponsored by the JRA
Visarts, Rockville, Maryland

The JRA’s featured five 2017 Masters of the Media represent the best of craft artists today. All have won awards and acclaim. All have exhibited in international galleries and museums, and in public and private collections. Many have taught; some are still teaching. And each and every one of them is truly inspirational.2017 masters of media JRA

The Masters will present their stories, their philosophies and their work in an engaging format which will include a Q&A session.

The doors will open at 9:15am for refreshments, coffee and the opportunity to visit a few of VisArts artists’ studios before the Masters’ program begins at 10:00am. Click HERE to register for the JRA Masters lecture.

Open to the Public | FREE | Advance Registration Required for All Attendees

Seating is limited; early registration advised.
VisArts | 155 Gibbs Street | Rockville, Maryland
Parking available in nearby public garages.
Nearest Metro: Rockville (Red Line)


35th Anniversary Gala & Masters Auction

The Washington National Cathedral is the venue for the JRA Spring Craft Weekend Gala. Besides the dinner, the JRA will be having an auction featuring works by this year's Master of the Medium Awards.

The Washington National Cathedral is the venue for the JRA Spring Craft Weekend Gala. Besides the dinner, the JRA will be having an auction featuring works by this year’s Master of the Medium Awards.

6:00PM, SATURDAY, APRIL 1, 2017
National Cathedral, Washington DC

A special anniversary demands a special anniversary Gala. And what could possibly top spending Saturday evening at the Washington National Cathedral? Celebrate in grand style, surrounded by the amazing beauty and history of this important landmark. Chat, dine and even explore a bit with the help of the Cathedral’s attentive docents.

Register for exciting Craft Adventures both near and far during the cocktail reception. Bid high to make it count in the JRA Live Auction featuring selected works from each of the featured five Masters of the Media who will receive their awards during the program.

This year’s Gala promises to be memorable from the very moment those impressive doors open. Click HERE to register for the GALA.

$395 per person No charge for Patrons
Dress for a Party Black Tie Optional

Washington National Cathedral | 3101 Wisconsin Avenue NW | Washington DC
Parking in Washington National Cathedral’s Garage $10


The James Renwick Alliance is an independent national non-profit organization that celebrates the achievements of America’s craft artists and fosters scholarship, education, connoisseurship and public appreciation of craft art. Founded in 1982, the Alliance fulfills its mission through public programs, educational trips, publications, recognition of craft artists, and financial support of museums and other non-profit organizations, including the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

The Process: WGS Creates Public Art For West Palm Beach Intl Airport

2 Agencies + 2 Unique Identities = 1 Integrated Artwork Solution

Detail from public art sculptures by Washington Glass Studio for West Palm Beach International Airport

Details from sculptures by Washington Glass Studio for West Palm Beach International Airport

Palm Beach County‘s Art in Public Places awarded Washington Glass Studio (WGS) the commission to design and fabricate integrated public art sculptures as part of the renovation of an existing facility for the new headquarters for Palm Beach County’s Tourist Development Council (TDC) and the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office (PBSO) after a Call for Artists held in 2014. The building – a five story 61,000 square foot facility is located at one the most visible intersections in Palm Beach County, adjacent to the Palm Beach International Airport and can be seen from departing and arriving flights. 

Site for public art at West Palm Beach Airport

Sites for public art sculptures outlined in Call for Artists @ Florida’s West Palm Beach Airport

Agency 1 – Tourist Development Council (TDC)

The Tourist Development Council asked that their site-specific sculpture reinforce their brand and help show that Palm Beach is a prime tourism destination in one of the top tourism states in the country. The TDC includes Discover Palm Beach County, the Film and Television Commission and the Sports Commission. The TDC also provides oversight to the Palm Beach County Convention Center and the Palm Beach County Environmental Resources Management Department and their Beach Re-nourishment Program.

Agency 2 – Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office (PBSO)

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office has approximately 4,000 dedicated and professional staff that are committed to protecting the public, and enhancing the quality of life in the community while administering agency operations. The project site will house PBSO Admin services include Central Records, Human Resources, Labor Relations, Risk Management and Graphics.

WGS Director Erwin Timmers reviews the sites with representatives from PBSO and TDC in October 2014.

WGS Director Erwin Timmers reviews the sites with representatives from PBSO and TDC in October 2014.

After consulting with the different agencies, WGS began schematic design of the sculpture works and the integration of the work with the architecture of the building. WGS sought to utilize color as a strong identification element that would help define the building’s new entry sequences.

Design concepts for the site are presented and reviewed with the end users.

Preliminary design concepts for the site were reviewed with the end users.

The artwork was reviewed and modified as the project team were consulted and fabrication details were outlined. Structural details of the aluminum framework were integrated into the design. Florida has very high wind design loads that had an impact on the artwork design and working again with structural engineer Holbert Apple Associates ensured that the hurricane loads would pose no problem for the artworks. Additionally, the designs would have to allow for shipping from the Washington, DC area glass studio down to sunny Palm Beach Florida and thus the design incorporated modular aspects to allow for fabrication and shipping.

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Design of the artwork included detailed structural engineering analysis.

An additional aspect for the project design was the inclusion and integration of artwork and the building’s architectural re-design. Building signage, lighting, paving, and landscaping aspects were to be part of the artist’s proposal. The original building dates from the 1980′s and offered the ideal blank slate background, and allowed for some experimentation with blocks of color that would tie the art with the architecture.

Palm Beach building façade color test study.

West Palm Beach building façade color test study.

The building artwork design contract included elements of landscape design, and WGS artists liked creating new places to have glass incorporated. Color-coordinated glass “pebbles” (surface-seeded aggregate) were mixed into the concrete paving surrounding the artwork at the base of each. With great power comes with great responsibility.

Concrete paving sample

Tourism Office concrete paving sample. The glass chips were color coordinated to the artwork.

Paving slip resistance, hurricane wind loads on glass and steel, in-ground lighting values – all were part of the artist’s control and the studio was challenged to grow and develop our knowledge base. 

Design: Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office (PBSO)

The design of the PBSO artwork had to showcase how the Sheriff’s office was an important partner to the community and reflect the values of the department. Aspects of the Sheriff would be presented in bas-relief cast glass panels mounted in sturdy structural aluminum framework. The colors of the PBSO were to form the basis of the sculpted glass artwork. The greens and golds would include a stripe of blue glass that would represent the “thin blue line” that symbolizes the relationship of law enforcement in the community.

Sheriff department concept sketch.

Sheriff department concept sketch.

The location of the sculpture was important – the artwork would help define the entry to the new Sheriff’s office, and the artwork would also help shield views down along the building that are more private outdoor spaces. 

Detail of one of the cast glass panels for the PBSO artwork. The clasped hands represent helping community.

Detail of one of the cast glass panels for the PBSO artwork. The clasped hands represent helping community.

The finished work has some incredibly detailed cast panels that are works of art in and by themselves.

View of the new Sheriff Office artwork - titled "Guardian" by WGS.

View of the new Sheriff Office artwork – titled “Guardian” by WGS.

Design: Tourist Development Council (TDC)

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Palm Beach’s Tourist Development Council (TDC) has oversight responsibility for the marketing agencies which include Discover The Palm Beaches, the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, the Palm Beach County Film & Television Commission and the Palm Beach County Sports Commission along with the Palm Beach County Convention Center. A number of proposals were presented to the TDC and the selected version was for an illuminated 17′-0″ tower – ultimately to be located on a new plaza area at the building entry. The color palatte of the “Discover the Palm Beaches” campaign would be the basis of the artwork color direction.  The glass design direction taken by the artist team was to abstract elements from each of the agencies that make up the TDC.

The TDC artwork, titled "Guidepost" is situated on a new plaza created at the building entry.

The TDC artwork, titled “Guidepost” is situated on a new plaza created at the building entry.

The structural requirements for the artwork framework (to be made in aluminum) required a substantial cross section for the members. The strong wind loads in coastal Florida required a close supervision of the metal design and fabrication. 

Artist Michael Janis begins creation of the colorful glass inset panels.

Artist Michael Janis begins creation of the colorful glass inset panels.

 

Erwin Timmers works on the TDC art while Patricia and Audrey supervise.

Erwin Timmers works on the TDC art while Patricia and Audrey supervise.

Dave Dolan of Palm Beach County is part of the review process of the structural metal at the shop.

Dave Dolan of Palm Beach County is part of the review process of the structural metal at the shop.

The glass artwork integrated into the metal structure began in the summer of 2016. Each glass inset was coated with a special coating to protect the structure in hurricane force winds. The installation of the artwork began in late 2016 and was completed in early 2017, giving the WGS crew some time in the beautiful Florida sunshine.

Audrey Wilson and Erwin Timmers install the public art in Palm Beach, FL.

Audrey Wilson and Erwin Timmers install the public art in Palm Beach, FL.

TDC artwork reflects beautifully in the building in sunny Florida.

The artwork “Guidepost” is beautifully reflected in the building that houses Florida’s TDC.

Project Information

Address: 2195 Southern Boulevard, West Palm Beach, FL 33406

Artist: Washington Glass Studio

Design Team: Laurie Brown, Michael Janis, Tim Tate, Erwin Timmers, Audrey Wilson. With Patricia de Poel Wilberg and Ricky Barton.

Structural Engineer : Holbert Apple Assoc Inc

Washington Glass School Comes To Town: Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center

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Elizabeth Mears; torchworked glass, mixed media

“Embracing Narrative” – the joint exhibition of glass works by artists from the Washington Glass School and the Virginia Glass Guild opened this weekend at Virginia’s Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center (PACC). Juried by Diane Wright, Curator of Glass, Chrysler Museum of Art and Sheila Giolitti, Mayer Fine Art Gallery, the exhibit kicks off the events that lead up to the 46th annual conference being held at the Chrysler Museum and the Perry Glass Studio in June, 2017. 

Opening night of Embracing Narrative at the Portsmouth Art Center.

Opening night of Embracing Narrative at the Portsmouth Art Center.

Featured Washington Glass School artists include: Michael Janis, Tim Tate, and Erwin Timmers, Audrey Wilson, Diane Cabe, Sean Hennessey, Allegra Marquart, Syl Mathis, Elizabeth Mears, Debra Ruzinsky, Nancy Weisser, Erin Antognoli, Steve Durow, Jennifer Lindstrom, Sherry Selevan, and Jeff Zimmer.

L-R Erwin Timmers (Washington Glass School)  Sheila Giolitti (Mayer Fine Art Gallery), Gayle Paul (Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center), Diane Wright (Chrysler Museum), Michael Janis (Washington Glass School).

L-R Erwin Timmers (Washington Glass School) Sheila Giolitti (Mayer Fine Art Gallery), Gayle Paul (Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center), Diane Wright (Chrysler Museum), Michael Janis (Washington Glass School).

Virginia Glass Guild artists include: James Akers, Tim Spurchise, Sarah Vaughn & Caitlin Blomstrom, Samuel Spees, Julia and Robin Rogers, Kimberly McKinnis, Nate Avery, Ali Rogan, Ben Carl Riley, Charlotte Potter, Hollister Weber, Clay McGlamory, Dugrae Collective, Jude Scholtzhauer, Elaine Abrams, Kathleen Little, and Caroline Riley.

For this exhibit, PACC joins with the Chrysler Museum of Art and regional art facilities to celebrate the art of glass as Norfolk hosts the Glass Art Society Conference from June 1-3, 2017.

Embracing Narrative: Artwork of the Washington Glass School and the Virginia Glass Guild
Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center
400 High Street, Portsmouth, VA 23704
March 3 – June 4, 2017

Chrysler Museum Curator of Glass, Diane Wright, talks about the works in the Embracing Narrative exhibit.

Chrysler Museum Curator of Glass, Diane Wright, talks about the works in the Embracing Narrative exhibit.

The Mansion @ Strathmore Presents ‘Interiors’

Chris Shea: Scapularis Chairs and Stalk Table Forged steel, glass

Chris Shea: Scapularis Chairs and Stalk Table
Forged steel, glass

Now open at The Mansion at Strathmore in North Bethesda, Maryland: “Interiors,” a design-centric show featuring modern works for the home – furniture, tapestries, objects, and more, in ceramics, fiber, glass, metal, and wood. The featured artists include Elizabeth Brim, Michael Janis, Sarah Nikitopoulos, Kenny Pieper, Chris Shea, and Rachael Warner. It runs through April 2, with an opening reception on March 2. 

Kenny Pieper: Amber Satin Goblet Study

Kenny Pieper: Amber Satin Goblet Study

 

It’s a whole new world for artists, as interior designers make the shift to a new perception of form and function. Part of the switch is the unprecedented availability of previously exotic materials; part of it is an omnipresent technology that spreads ideas, trends, and new techniques with ever-increasing rapidity. Inspired by this, today’s artists are increasingly adding furniture and object design to their portfolios.

With furniture, tapestries, objects, and more, Interiors celebrates modern works for the home and illustrates how art elevates the everyday to the sublime.

The following events are being presented in conjunction with the exhibition:

 

Sarah Nikitopoulous: Xenolith Jar

Sarah Nikitopoulous: Xenolith Jar

OPENING RECEPTION March 2
CHILDREN’S TALK & TOUR March 4
CURATOR’S TOUR March 4

Interiors
Sat, Feb 25–Sun, April 2
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The Mansion at Strathmore
10701 Rockville Pike, N. Bethesda, MD 20852

American Craft Council Baltimore Show 2017 Opens This Week!

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In just a few days, the American Craft Council (ACC) @ the Baltimore Convention Center opens their wholesale (February 22-23) and retail (February 24-26) American Craft Shows.

More than 650 top contemporary jewelry, clothing, furniture, and home décor artists from across the country will gather in Baltimore at the Convention Center. Touch, feel, and explore high-quality American craft and meet the makers behind the fabulous work. This is a HUGE show – a must-attend for craft lovers! Make sure you see incredible glass works by Kenny Pieper, ceramics by Joe Hicks and Ani Kasten, and wearable wood accessories by Drew Graham.

The ACC has also invited 20 makers from Craft Scotland to their flagship Baltimore show in 2017 – so the show will be extra ossum! Click HERE for more info. Click Here to jump to ACC event tickets.

Retail Show Dates:

February 24: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
February 25: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
February 26: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Baltimore Convention Center
1 West Pratt Street
Baltimore, MD 21201