Joseph Cavalieri Glass Painting Class!

Joheph Cavalieri class review of work

The man is Back! Award-winning artist and educator Joseph Cavalieri returns to the Washington Glass School for a great intensive workshop over President’s Day weekend! His class last year was so much fun!  joseph.cavalieri.class.chicken

Class 2603 – Glass Silk Screening and Painting w/Joseph Cavalieri (Class 2603)

This workshop will cover numerous painting on glass techniques, some dating from Medieval times, but most developed in modern times. Students will learn hand painting, airbrushing, inking, and silk-screening processes using kiln fired enamels. The main emphasis of the class is silk-screening techniques. A variety of silk-screens with patterns, graphics and photographs will be available for the class to use. The glass is kiln fired to make these images permanent on the top surface of the glass, which is called a polish fuse. Demonstrations on how to frame and light the work will be shown. Three professional practice lectures will be presented to provide insight for beginners and professionals. These include how to “package yourself”, “market your art”, and “successfully get into artist residencies”.
Students can choose to leave the class with one finished work or a stack of painted glass samples, or both!
* We will not be making the screens, but students have the option of bringing their own silk-screens, and will be directed how to after they sign up.


Taking inspiration from pop culture, New York native Joseph Cavalieri has reinvented painted stained glass as an expression of a personal vision. His background is in graphic design, working as art director in magazines in Manhattan including GQ, People and Good Housekeeping. Joseph’s glass art explores form, space and perspective using techniques of fired and layered painted glass that dates back to Medieval times, mixed in with a unique sense of humor.

Join Joseph Cavalieri in this special workshop that focuses on glass painting techniques and also special talks on professional practice tips.

Instructor:Joseph Cavalieri
Dates:Presidents Day Weekend (Feb. 18,19,20)
Time:10am to 5pm (bring a bag lunch)
Tuition: $500 per student

Glasstress Boca Raton Thru July 2

Adriano Berengo is back with another Glasstress exhibition, this time in partnership with an art museum in Boca Raton, Florida. Known for bringing artists who don’t usually utilize glass as a medium together with his team of glass maestros in Murano, Berengo has built Glasstress into an art-world brand since it debuted as a collateral exhibition at the 2009 Venice Bienalle.


JAN. 31-JUL. 2, 2017

Hans Op De Beeck, The Frozen Vanitas, 2015. Fondazione Berengo, Venice, Italy.

Hans Op De Beeck, The Frozen Vanitas, 2015. Fondazione Berengo, Venice, Italy.

Part of a new curatorial initiative to examine areas traditionally considered ‘craft,’ but which present alternative mediums of increasing interest to contemporary artists, Glasstress features 25-30 glass installations created by contemporary artists from around the world in collaboration with the international organization Glasstress, Venice and the master glass artisans of Berengo Studio, Murano. The results challenge our notion of glass as a ‘beautiful’ material and encourage us to explore the bold, political, and sometimes less than pristine aspects of the medium. Works included in the Glasstress Boca Raton exhibition incorporate performance, video, interactive media, design, and even video games, and delve into substantial content, from race, identity, and colonialism to themes of science and nature and issues of biological diversity, global hunger, and climate change.

In Mizner Park
501 Plaza Real, Boca Raton, FL 33432
Phone: 561.392.2500

Mel George Awarded NIDA Fellowship

Australia’s National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) has introduced an indigenous education scholarship courtesy of a $300,000 grant from a new foundation backed by philanthropist Simon Mordant.

Mel George teaching at Urban Glass in 2005

Mel George teaching at Urban Glass in 2005

Glass artist Mel George is the first recipient of the Luminis Foundation Indigenous Fellowship for Cultural Leadership, to be awarded annually over six years to a student undertaking the master of fine arts in cultural leadership at NIDA. George, who is of Aboriginal and Greek heritage, has worked in the glass industry in Australia and the US.

Currently the curator at Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre, she will also work as a cultural facilitator at Bula’bula Arts in Arnhem Land.

DMV glass aficionados might remember  Mel’s work being featured in the 2006 “Compelled By Content 2” exhibit at Fraser Gallery in Bethesda. Congratulations Mel!

"A Shade of Difference" Kiln-formed Glass, Cotton, Wire and Steel. 2.5 x 8 x 4 inches by Mel George

“A Shade of Difference”
Kiln-formed Glass, Cotton, Wire and Steel. 2.5 x 8 x 4 inches
by Mel George


Washington Glass School & Virginia Glass Guild Explore New Directions In Special Glass Exhibit

Erwin Timmers talks about the environmental themes that are part of his glass artwork to Gayle Paul - Curator at the Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center

Erwin Timmers talks about the environmental themes that are part of his glass artwork to Gayle Paul – Curator at the Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center. For this exhibit, PACC joins with the Chrysler Museum of Art and regional art facilities to celebrate the art of glass as Norfolk, VA hosts the Glass Art Society Conference from June 1-3, 2017.

Tying into the creativity that is part of the Glass Art Society 2017 conference in Norfolk, artists of the Washington Glass School and the Virginia Glass Guild are creating a joint exhibit at the nearby Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center (PACC). Titled “EMBRACING NARRATIVE: Artwork of the Washington Glass School and Virginia Glass Guild”, the show will feature works by members of the two glass organizations. Together these organizations promote the awareness and advancement of glass through ideas, theory, sculptural design, technology and installation. 

Audrey Wilson talks about her plasma-charged narrative assemblages.

Audrey Wilson talks about her plasma-charged narrative assemblages.

Gayle Paul, the Curator of the PACC came to the Washington Glass School this weekend to finalize selection of glass artworks. The jurors of the exhibit are Diane Wright, Curator of Glass, Chrysler Museum of Art and Sheila Giolitti, Mayer Fine Art Gallery.

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.

Gayle Paul is intrigued by Allegra Marquart's combination of glass and textile for her sculptures.

Gayle Paul is intrigued by Allegra Marquart’s combination of glass and textile for her sculptures.


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

Tim Tate is Aces in London!

WGS Co-Director Tim Tate wins award at London Contemporary Art Competition!

LCALondon Contemporary Art has created a platform for artists to showcase their work in the heart of London and has brought together a unique blend of talents from all around the world. Carefully selected from over 800 applicants, LCA endeavoured to present a diverse show displaying a broad range of techniques, mediums and philosophies. The exhibition showcases 21 National and International artists who demonstrate the very best in creative process, craftsmanship and technique. First Place and the first ever LCA Prize winner  was Emma Leone Palmer, and our Tim Tate was awarded second place! 


Detail of Tim Tate’s “Endless Cycle”; 36 x 36 x 4; Glass, Aluminum, Poly-Vitro, electronics

There will also be a Public’s Choice Award which will be open to all members of the public submitted through a ballot box in the gallery. The votes will be tallied at the end of the show on the 26th February.

Well Done Mr Tate!!!

Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art Opens “Mindful” – & Examine Creativity’s Role in Mental Health

The Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) opens “Mindful: Exploring Mental Health through Art”- an exhibit that looks at mental health through the lens of contemporary craft. Mindful features more than 40 works created by 14 contemporary craft artists  – WGS Co-Director Michael Janis’ glass artwork is highlighted in the show that runs January 28 – April 16, 2017.

Other artists include: Edward Eberle, Ian Thomas, Meredith Grimsley, Grace Kubilius, Swoon, Rose Clancy, Jesse Albrecht, Joan Iversen Goswell, Sophia Jung-Am Park, Alison Saar , Jennifer Ling Datchuk, Lyn Godley, and Kaitlyn Evans.

Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art

Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art

The exhibition highlights a variety of techniques and forms that include innovative art expressions rooted in traditional craft materials, as well as art that explores unexpected relationships between craft and painting, sculpture, conceptual, and installation art.

Along with the exhibition MOCA will plan innovative community programming, partnerships and education opportunities. Mindful reaches beyond the museum walls to examine creativity’s role in mental health, resiliency, and compassion.

This exhibition was organized by the Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Michael will also be featured in a Virginia MOCA Artist Talk on April 13 – click HERE for details.

Virginia MOCA

Mindful: Exploring Mental Health Through Art

2200 Parks Ave
Virginia Beach, VA 23451

Glass Art Magazine Features WGS Co-Director Michael Janis Art Magazine had profiled WGS artist Michael Janis recently for their podcast series “Talking Out Your Glass“. The Glass Art celebrates warm, cold and hot glass in multiplatforms – and had presented profiles in print magazines that are issued bi-monthy.

In the new January/February issue, some incredible articles – including a great read on Michael Janis’ works events, and fascinating profile on pioneering glass artist Ginny Ruffner’s distinguished career. 

Have a listen to the Michael Janis podcast HERE - and click HERE to jump to Glass Art magazines site to get a subscription to the latest info on glass and glass education.

Class 2907 – Open Studio – Work At Your Own Pace

Already know the basics of casting or fusing? Open Studio gives each student the opportunity to work independently in a world class studio. Tuition includes a kiln firing per session, clear base glass and colored scrap glass, use of studio tools. Note: students working in dry plaster casting need to schedule cleanup date with studio coordinator.

Class 2906 – Laura Beth’s Super Bowl Party!

You like bowls?  So do we!  So come join Laura Beth Konopinski at a super Bowl Making party! Laura Beth joins Washington Glass School after working at Pittsburgh Glass Center, and brings a new fun energy to the studio! Email the instructor directly – –  for availability… and let the bowl making begin!

Max 6 students per; 3 bowls per student depending on size of bowl.


Class 2900 Beginner’s Glass Lover’s Weekend

As highlighted in Washingtonian Magazine – Our most popular class, this is the fastest way to learn all aspects of warm glass in the shortest amount of time!
Under the supervision of a professional glass artist you will learn the fundamentals of fusing, slumping and dimensional kiln casting. Everything from bowls and plates to sculptural objects… this is the perfect way for a beginner to learn the basics of glass… and you will leave with several very cool items!