JRA Day December 5, 2015!

jra.day.2015JRA Day is next week! On December 5 at the Woman’s Club of Chevy Chase invite all to see  the work of more than 35 artists working across the craft media. These special artists – including 10 new artists and artists who have shown their work at the ACC Baltimore Show, the Washington Craft Show and SOFA Chicago – will have their incredible work for sale at this free event! 

JRA Day is a one-day showcase for artists who are members of the James Renwick Alliance. This event gives the public the opportunity to see and purchase work by artists in many media.

For more info – click HERE to jump to the JRA Day page. There is also a Raffle – featuring prizes that are works of craft art by local artists – David Fry, Clara Graves, Allegra Marquart, Laura Peery, and Chris Shea.

The James Renwick Alliance is an independent national nonprofit organization that celebrates the achievements of America’s craft artists and fosters scholarship, education and public appreciation of craft art. 

The JRA was founded in 1982 and is the exclusive support group for the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, our nation’s showcase of contemporary American craft.  Since its founding, the JRA has donated more than $3 million to the Renwick Gallery, and it has supported the purchase of more than 175 works for the Renwick Gallery collection.

The JRA also supports public programs in craft, including its annual Distinguished Artists Series, which brings craft artists to Washington, D.C. for workshops and lectures. For more information on the JRA, including a calendar of events and how to join, go to theirweb site at www.jra.org or visit on Facebook.

Washington Glass School & Mount Rainier Artist Studio Winter Open Studio December 12, 2015

Visit the Washington Glass School and all the surrounding artist studios!

Visit the Washington Glass School and all the surrounding artist studios for the Holidays!

On Saturday, December 12, 2015, from Noon til 5 pm, the (always creative!) Mount Rainier artist studios will all be hosting Winter Open Studios!

Visit (and shop) in some of the most creative studios in the Washington, DC area! Participating studios include: Artbar, ReCreative Spaces, Otis Street Arts Project, White Point Studio, Orange Door Studios, Tanglewood Works, Blue Door Studios, and more! Nearby Brentwood Arts Exchange has their craft store and will have specialty beer tastings sponsored by Town Center Market.

The Washington Glass School will again feature works by our artists and instructors – including Michael Janis, Tim Tate, Erwin Timmers, Audrey Wilson, Veta Carney, John Hendersen, Trish Kent, Debra Ruzinsky, Syl Mathis, Laurie Brown, Diane Cabe, Chip Montague,Todd Piantedosi, Jennifer Lindstrom. Make a point to Celebrate the Season!mt rainier open studio winter glass

Workhouse Glass National 2015

lorton.glass.national.maurine_littleton.2015.usa.art.virginiaLorton, Virginia’s Workhouse Arts Center opened its 1st Annual Workhouse Glass National Exhibition reception this past weekend. The exhibit was created from an “Open Call” for functional and/or sculptural glass artworks, juried by the legendary gallerist, Maurine Littleton.

Featuring a range of contemporary glass artwork currently being created throughout the United States of America, Washington Glass School is proud that works by two WGS Resident Artists, Veta Carney and Diane Cooper Cabe were among the artwork selected for the exhibit. Congratulation to all the artists!

Artists exhibiting:
Paul Heller, Elizabeth James, Sandi Martina, Nancy Nicholson, Biba Schutz, Barbara Atkinson, Suellen Black, Diane Cooper Cabe, Veta Carney, Eli Cecil, Lauren Cummings,, Dick Ditore, Jean Fernandes, Rhonda Gilbert, Charlie Holden, Jaye Houle, Benjamin Johnson, Winn Jones, Rollin Karg, Laura Beth Konopinski, Andrew Madvin, Ursula Marcum, Jennifer Nauck, Steven Ramsey, Mary Richardson, Scott Slagerman, Paul Swartwood, Natalie Tyler and Janet Wittenberg

Workhouse Glass National 2015

Now thru  - January 17, 2016

9518 Workhouse Way, Lorton, VA 22079

Report from Chicago SOFA

Chicago's Navy Pier was host for the 2015 SOFA expo.

Chicago’s Navy Pier was host for the 2015 SOFA expo.

As the 2015 edition of the Sculpture Objects Functional Art + Design fair wound down the red dots were spread around the exhibition spaces at Chicago’s Navy Pier Festival Hall that featured glass. The broadened scope of works included more painting and photography as part of the show’s evolution.

Tim Tate talks about his work at Habatat Galleries space.

Tim Tate talks about his work at Habatat Galleries space.

Washington Glass School artists Tim Tate, Michael Janis, Allegra Marquart, Audrey Wilson and Sean Hennessey were featured at Michigan’s Habatat Gallery, Maurine Littleton and Alida Anderson Art Project spaces that featured works by internationally acclaimed artists.

The art expo also featured talks by the artists about their work and notable critics such as William Warmus and American Craft Editor Monica Moses hosted lively discussions on the future of collecting. 

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Editor-in-Chief of American Craft, Monica Moses, with curator/critic/art consultant Bill Warmus presenting a talk about the future of collecting @ SOFA Chicago 2015.

One of the best activities for this visitor was to wander amongst the incredible artwork and strike up a conversation with the artists that you had a craft-crush and obtain real insight into their work and process. Some of the works truly left the viewer gobsmacked – with details and depths to the work that jpeg photos simply could not show. Although the show was just a long weekend, I could have kept finding new works to be mesmerized in each aisle. 

Michael Janis talks about his work at SOFA Chicago

Michael Janis talks about his work at SOFA Chicago

I can’t wait till next year’s iteration! But until then – have a look at some of the glass works photos in the Washington Glass School’s flickr album – click HERE to jump to SOFA Chicago album. Or- want to see a short local PBS (WTTW) vid? Click HERE.

Detail of "The Gun Eater" by Carmen Lozar.

Detail of “The Gun Eater” by Carmen Lozar.

 

Carmen Lozar's "The Gun Eater" at Bender Gallery.

Carmen Lozar’s “The Gun Eater” at Bender Gallery.

Have A Look Inside the Casting Kiln

A time lapse of the glass for the Giant Magellan Telescope’s fourth mirror melting, captured from inside the kiln.  The Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT) will be one member of the next class of super giant earth-based telescopes that promises to revolutionize our view and understanding of the universe. It will be constructed in the Las Campanas Observatory in Chile. Commissioning of the telescope is scheduled to begin in 2021.The mirror is made using a unique “spin cast” process; the furnace is rotated at 5 rpm as the glass melts. This gives the mirror surface a rounded, or parabolic shape. The mirror will still require additional shaping by grinding to achieve optical tolerances, however, this spinning process saves several tons of glass and significantly shortens the annealing and grinding time because the glass is already in a parabolic shape.
Once the furnace is started, the temperature is maintained for four hours to allow the glass to melt and fill the mold. As the glass is heated it gradually becomes more fluid. Eventually it becomes fluid enough that as the oven is spinning the glass rises up the side of the furnace (the same way as if you were spinning a bucket of water). After more heating the glass becomes fluid enough that it can sink down into the mold.The glass is then cooled rapidly to 900°C (1652°F), and then cooled more slowly for three months to avoid strains in the final mirror.

Washington Glass School Goes All SOFA Chicago

SOFA_CHICAGO_500x500Every fall Chicago, IL hosts the critically acclaimed Sculpture Objects & Functional Art Expo, more commonly known as SOFA. SOFA Chicago 2015 will be held November 6 – 8, 2015 at Navy Pier’s Festival Hall, where masterworks from top international galleries and dealers from numerous countries will exhibit. An opening night preview will be held Thursday, November 5. On par with Art Basel and TEFAF Maastricht, the critically acclaimed art fair has been continuously run every year since 1994. What distinguishes SOFA from other top art events is its focus on three-dimensional artworks that cross the boundaries of fine art, decorative art and design. SOFA is noted for its exceptional presentation of artwork by international galleries and it is enhanced by the many talks to attend in the Lecture Series given by award-wining designers and artists. 

This year, a number of Washington Glass School artists will be featured at the art fair, and the artists are bringing new works that have taken them in new directions. Tim Tate will be giving a “Booth Talk” at Habatat Galleries (space #1400) on Saturday, Nov 7 @ 1:00 pm. Just after that talk, at 2:00 pm, Sean Hennessey and Michael Janis will be featured at the Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass (AACG) Ice Cream Social on the terrace at Navy Pier.

Allegra Marquart, "The Princess and the Pea", 2015, Cast glass shapes wall mounted over a sewn panel, 14"x 28"

Allegra Marquart, “The Princess and the Pea”, Cast glass shapes wall mounted over a sewn panel, 14″x 28″ photo: Pete Duvall

Allegra Marquart (Maurine Littleton Gallery, Space #821) has mixed her cast glass with textile, exploring the new possibilities for color, texture and especially line. Allegra has been stitching connections that create open, delicate looking backgrounds that complements and comments on the bolder glass shapes which are mounted slightly in front.  The glass and the threads compliment concepts of fragility and ambiguity. 

Sean Hennessey

Sean Hennessey, clockwise from top left: “The Doors that May Open”, “The Relentless Path Upward”, “The Gift of Time”, “From Mud and Soap”, cast glass, imagery, steel, LED; 24″ x 36

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sean Hennessey (Habatat Galleries, Space #1400) will be presenting works that take him in a new direction, both in terms of the brightness of the colors and in the use of a separate panel that incorporates photographed and drawn imagery, telling a slightly different side of the story from the larger panel. 

Audrey Wilson (Alida Anderson Art Projects, Space #402) makes her debut at the art fair. Her new mixed media works explore alternate and extraordinary realms.

Audrey Wilson, " Luminiferous Aether Electrode"

Audrey Wilson, ” Luminiferous Aether Electrode”, Cast glass, electronics, found objects, photo Pete Duvall

Michael Janis (Maurine Littleton Gallery, Space #821) explores concepts of identity with his frit powder (sgraffito) drawings with cast glass elements. New this year are his ceramic and glass sculptures.

Michael Janis, "Regeneration", cast glass, ceramic, 14” x 16” x 12” photo: Pete Duvall

Michael Janis, “Regeneration”, cast glass, ceramic, 14” x 16” x 12” photo: Pete Duvall

 

 

 

Tim Tate (Habatat Galleries, Space #1400) is showing his new illuminated pieces, his infinity series. Tim entices the viewer to look deeply into his created environments, create an optical and physical illusion of infinity through apparent limitless space.  There is an intimacy created by viewing deeply into a circular opening, as if peering through a portal to another reality.

Tim Tate, "Violet Tattoo Infinity", Cast Poly-Vitro, Glass, Lighting; photo: Pete Duvall

Tim Tate, “Violet Tattoo Infinity”, Cast Poly-Vitro, Glass, Lighting; photo: Pete Duvall

 

 

 

 

 

SOFA Chicago November 5-8, 2015

NAVY PIER
600 East Grand Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611

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Chicago SOFA Floor Plan 2015

A Special Halloween Gathering – with Laura Donefer!

Saturday, October 31, 2015, 2 to 4pm

Laura Donefer and the Washington Glass School would like to invite all to a special Halloween presentation.

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Laura Donefer works the glass fashion.

Laura Donefer will give a lively talk about her 35 years working with glass, from her infamous Glass Fashion Shows to her colorful Amulet Baskets to her more emotional installations. laura.donefer.art.jpgIf you have not been to the Washington Glass School in a while, there are a lot of new things to see!

In the spirit of the holiday, Laura Donefer has suggested (tho not required) that everyone wear costumes! 

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Washington Glass School

3700 Otis St., Mt. Rainier, MD 20712

George Koch Named Finalist in We DC Awards

we.dc.awardThe Washington DC Economic Partnership (WDCEP) announced the finalists for the inaugural We DC Awards that honor and recognize Washington, DC leaders for their vision, energy, investment, and time to develop a thriving economic ecosystem in Washington, DC. WDCEP will recognize three visionaries from Washington, DC -based real estate, technology, and creative economy markets, whose contribution has made a significant impact within the city.

WDCEP will present the We DC awards at its 2015 Annual Meeting and Economic Showcase taking place on Friday, October 30 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. This year’s annual meeting will mark 15 years of WDCEP’s contribution to the District’s economy and celebrate the city’s accomplishments achieved throughout the year.

The categories and criteria for the three We DC Awards are as follows:

We DC | Real Estate  | We Dream
This award will recognize an individual and/or company that are in commercial or housing development, architecture, construction management, real estate brokerage, and property management.

Finalists:

Akridge

PN Hoffman

Shalom Baranes Associates

Menkiti Group

We DC  | Innovation + Tech  | We Imagine
This award will honor an individual or company in the high technology, web, application, or graphic design, or data and research.

Finalists:

Allen Gannett, TrackMaven

Andrew C. Florance, CoStar Group

Sibyl Edwards, DC Web Women

Ben Miller, Fundrise

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George Koch (L) strategizes with WGS co-director Tim Tate about the next DC based international art fair.

We DC  | Creative Economy  | We Create
This award will recognize an individual or company in the theater, restaurant or culinary, culture (museum, gallery, etc.), music, art, or film industries.

Finalists:

Julianne Brienza, Capital Fringe

Shane Pomajambo, Art Whino and Blind Whino

Jonas Singer & Cullen Gilchrist, Union Kitchen

George Koch, Center for the Creative Economy

We are so happy to learn that George Koch – of Artomatic, and the organizer of a number of US/UK glass exhibits, “Glass 3” was held in Georgetown 2008; in 2009, 38 artists from Sunderland participated in the 10th Artomatic, held near the Navy Yard, and the 2013 International Glass & Clay exhibit held at the Edison Place Gallery.

Congratulations & Good Luck George!

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For more info and to register for the WDCEP 2015 Annual Meeting and ECON Showcase – click HERE.

 

Syl Mathis Cast Glass Featured @ Bethesda Row

bethesda.header.logoBethesda Row Arts Festival

4841 Bethesda Ave, Bethesda, MD

The Bethesda Row neighborhood is located one block west of Wisconsin Avenue (within easy walking distance of the Bethesda Metro station) on block framed by Woodmont Avenue, Bethesda Avenue and Elm Street -east of Arlington Road.

October 17-18, 2015, Saturday 11am-6pm, Sunday 10am-5pm

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Syl Mathis’ mixed media sculpture

The Bethesda Row Arts Festival is one of the leading fine art and craft festivals in the mid-Atlantic. Featuring 190 juried museum quality artists, the streets of Bethesda Row transform into an outdoor art gallery. Art collectors and lovers will find one of a kind top quality: ceramics, drawing, pastels, fiber, decorative, fiber, wearables, glass, graphics/printmaking, jewelry, metalwork, mixed media 2D, mixed media 3D, oil/acrylic painting, photography, digital art, sculpture, watercolor, and wood. WGS artist Syl Mathis is one of the featured artists exhibiting.

For more information: http://www.bethesdarowarts.org/show-information/