James Renwick Alliance Presents Artist Sibylle Peretti @ Smithsonian Renwick Gallery

Sibylle Peretti; "Land Mine"; slumped, engraved, painted and silvered glass, paper; 60" x 80" x 0.5"; 2015

Sibylle Peretti; “Land Mine”; slumped, engraved, painted and silvered glass, paper; 60″ x 80″ x 0.5″; 2015

The James Renwick Alliance (JRA) was created as an independent national nonprofit organization to celebrate the achievements of America’s craft artists and to foster scholarship, education and public appreciation of their art.  Founded in 1982, the Alliance helps support our nation’s showcase of 20th century American craft, the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC. 

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Sibylle Peretti; “Twins” cast glass, 18″ x 24″ x 10″; 2010

As part of the JRA Distinguished Artist Series, on  the JRA will welcomes glass sculptor Sibylle Peretti to speak about her work and inspirations at the Renwick Gallery – home to the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s collection of contemporary craft and decorative art.

Sibylle Peretti at work.

Sibylle Peretti at work.

Sibylle Peretti is an artist who grew up surrounded by traditional glassmaking. Trained as a glass designer at the State School for Glass Making in Zwiesel Germany, she learned techniques of enameling, engraving, cutting and designing glass. She expanded the range of her artistic voice as she received an MFA from the Academy of Fine Art in Cologne and was trained as a Glass Designer at the School for Glassmaking in Zwiesel, Germany. Sibylle Peretti lives and works in both New Orleans, LA and Cologne, Germany. Sibylle often works collaboratively with her husband – artist Stephen Paul Day

Sibylle Peretti; "To Know A Hawk" cast glass, 16" x 17" x 13", 2013

Sibylle Peretti; “To Know A Hawk” cast glass, 16″ x 17″ x 13″, 2013

Her work has won numerous awards and endorsements, including grants from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation and the Joan Mitchell Foundation as well as the 2013 United States Artist Fellowship for her glass sculptures and multimedia collages, which combine photography & drawing with surface interventions such as engraving, mirroring and glass slumping. Children and nature, as symbols of innocence and promise, are the central themes in Sibylle’s work.

Her work is included in the permanent collections of the Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY; Carnegie Museum of Art (Pittsburgh, PA), Museum of American Glass (Milleville, NJ), Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (Canada), Museum für Kunsthandwerk (Frankfurt, Germany), Hunter Museum (Chattanooga TN), Speed Museum (Louisville,KY), and 21c Museum (Louisville, KY).

The JRA invites the public to join Sibylle Peretti at the newly renovated Smithsonian Renwick Gallery as she talks about her work and career.

Lecture Date: Sunday, May 22, 2016
Time: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Lecture Venue: Grand Salon, Renwick Gallery

The JRA’s mission is to promote education, support and appreciation of craft. If you’d like to learn more about the group, please see the JRA website.

Erwin Timmers New Sculpture Made from Cast Recycled Glass

Eco-artist Erwin Timmers newest sculpture made from cast recycled glass will be showcased at the Gateway Arts District’s Open Studio Tour (OST) – Saturday May 14, 2016 from Noon-5pm.

Erwin has been casting with recycled float (window) glass to create forms from and about discarded water bottles – and assembling the cast glass atop a salvaged mirror that has been backed with LED lighting. Its amazing how he can find harmony, balance and poetry in things discarded and never thought of again.

Erwin Timmers, cast recycled glass, salvaged  mirror, steel, LED, 2016

Erwin Timmers, cast recycled glass, salvaged mirror, steel, LED, 2016

Spectrum Glass To Close

spectrumWoodinville, Wash. – In a move that shocked many in the art glass world, Spectrum Glass has announced that they are going out of business. Spectrum, which makes System 96 fusing glass and numerous varieties of stained glass, intends to continue making glass for roughly two more months, then sell off its inventory and exit the art glass business.

Craig Barker, CEO of Spectrum Glass Company, shared this statement on the closure:
“After serving the art and specialty glass industry for 40 years, it is with very heavy hearts that we have decided to close Spectrum Glass Company.
“Our primary concern is to help ease this difficult transition for the fine employees, customers, retailers, and glass artists that we’ve been proud to work with and serve. We’re committed to doing everything we can to provide career assistance for our people, and are of course offering severance to our employees. For customers and end users, we are exploring opportunities to transfer our product lines to other manufacturers to help minimize disruptions in sourcing.
“The decision to close our doors has been extraordinarily difficult. We postponed it for as long as possible,and arrived at this conclusion only after immense consideration. However, due to several factors, it’s no longer financially feasible for Spectrum Glass to continue to operate.
“Market factors have played the most significant role. Our facility was built to support product demand at the height of art glass movement, but our sales never fully recovered following the Great Recession. We have watched our sales dwindle dramatically to only 40 percent of production capacity, while overhead expenses have continued to increase. Our consistently reduced levels of sales simply cannot cover the fixed costs required to operate a facility of our size.
“Additionally, the entire U.S. art glass industry is now being evaluated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with respect to potential new regulations. Long-standing interpretations of air quality regulations are being reevaluated, and if new regulations were applied to our facility, it would require substantial capital expenses. Spectrum Glass Company has operated well within existing environmental
guidelines and has been the only stained glass manufacturer to employ baghouse technology on furnace exhaust. Still, we have already accrued extraordinary, unanticipated expenses since the start of the EPA evaluation and cannot withstand additional investments of an unknown scale for an already faltering business.
“We would like to express our deepest gratitude to all of our partners, customers, artists and others who have supported Spectrum Glass over the past four decades, and who continue to support us now. We will continue manufacturing for the next 60—75 days, and will continue selling the product inventory we currently have on hand over the months ahead. We will communicate updates as we wind down our operations.”

Maryland’s Prince George’s County Leadership Council Tour

Maryland’s Prince George’s County Leadership Council toured the Washington Glass School as part of their meeting. Co-Director Erwin Timmers discussed with the Council ways that the public art process could integrate the community in the design and fabrication of art. The tour continued onward to next door Otis Street Arts Project.

Erwin Timmers outlines the process of involving community in the design of public art to the Leadership Council tour.

Erwin Timmers outlines the process of involving community in the design of public art to the Leadership Council tour.

Prince George's County Leadership Council discuss public art process.

Prince George’s County Leadership Council discuss the public art process and how it can be integrated into the public spaces and buildings.

Gateway Open Studio Tours – Saturday May 14th!!

Map of Gateway Open Studio Tours 2016

Map of Gateway Open Studio Tours 2016


The 12th Annual Gateway Open Studio Tour in the Prince George’s County Gateway Arts District -home to one of the DC metro area’s most innovative and creative artist community – opens this Saturday, May 14th, 2016, from 12-5 p.m. Later – from 5-8pm, the Gateway Arts Center will host an After Party and an Opening Reception at the 39th Street Gallery.

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Veta Carney, “Coyote”, glass, mixed media

Gateway Arts District artists, studios and galleries will open their doors to the public – with many studios featuring live demonstrations and performances.

Come to the Washington Glass School and Studio and see works by WGS artists: Erwin Timmers, Audrey Wilson, Michael Janis, Laurie Brown, John Henderson, Tim Tate, Diane Cabe, Veta Carney, Trish Kent and Debra Ruzinsky.


Syl Mathis @ Bethesda Fine Arts Festival

BethesdaFineArtsFestivalLogoGlass sculptor Syl Mathis again will be one of the featured artists at the Bethesda Fine Arts Festival. Look for Syl at booth #121!

Syl Mathis, "Blue Flame" cast glass, mixed media

Syl Mathis, “Blue Flame” cast glass, mixed media

The 13th annual Bethesda Fine Arts Festival will be held on May 14 & 15, 2016 in downtown Bethesda, MD, a lively urban area renowned for restaurants, shopping, galleries and theaters. 

Syl Mathis "Blue Waves", cast glass, mixed media

Syl Mathis “Blue Waves”, cast glass, mixed media



Delight in fine art created by 130 of the nation’s best artists, live entertainment and Bethesda restaurants.

Located in Bethesda’s Woodmont Triangle, along Norfolk, Auburn & Del Ray Avenues.
Admission to the festival is free and free parking is available in the public parking garage on Auburn Avenue. Show Dates: 5/14/16 – 5/15/16 - This event is held rain or shine.

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For more information about Bethesda Urban Partnership, please visit www.bethesda.org.

JRA Call for Artists in the Craft Media: JRA Day!

9th Annual JRA Day – Saturday, December 3, 2016

The James Renwick Alliance (JRA) is seeking media specific artists to submit an application to participate in the 9th Annual JRA Day, a one-day showcase for artists in the craft media.  

Last year’s JRA Day was a great success, with the second highest sales ever. The JRA plans to continue to offer free admission and are expanding efforts to promote the show. Last year, most artists sold individual works at prices ranging from below $25 to as much as $500, and the JRA expects a similar group of buyers this year. 

This year’s event will be held on Saturday, December 3, 2016, at the Woman’s Club of Chevy Chase, in Chevy Chase, Maryland. To view last year’s web site on the event, go to www.jraday.org.

JRA Day is open to all craft artists who are members of the James Renwick Alliance. JRA Day applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. If you are not a member of the Alliance, you may apply for the show, but participants must hold a paid membership in the organization within a month of acceptance in the event and on JRA Day.

Memberships for artists start at $80 per year. For more information on membership in the JRA: 301.907.3888, admin@jra.org, or go towww.jra.org/membership/join-james-renwick-alliance. (The discounted membership level for professional craft artists is ART—Alliance for Renwick Tomorrow.)

During the initial application period, the JRA will give preference to artists who participated in last year’s show.

“Reflections on Glass” @ Byrne Gallery

Middleburg, VA’s Byrne Gallery will present “Reflections on Glass”, a 9-week exhibit of contemporary art glass by twenty artists. Curated by glass artist and Vice President of the National Capital Art Glass GuildEmily Pezzulich, the exhibition features works in blown glass, flameworked glass, coldworked glass, kilnformed glass, stained glass and glass sculpture. This exhibit is the first time the Middleburg art gallery will focus an entire show on one medium – glass.The exhibit opens on Thursday, May 5th and continues through Sunday, June 26th, 2016. 

Reflections on Glass is also one of the five stops in the Art Passport Challenge, during Middleburg’s “Art in the Burg,” event, a town-wide arts celebration that will take place on Saturday, May 21st from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Artists participating in Reflections on Glass include:

Rhoda Baer, Judith Finn Conway, Kevin O’Toole, Nancy Weisser, Paul Swartwood , Michelle Rubin, Sherry Selevan, Ruth Gowell, Ursula Marcum, Emily Pezzulich, Carol Sontheimer, Nancy Kronstadt, Sherry Hawkins and Veta Carney, Allan Jaworski, Carol Hurwitch, Jane Hartman, Alla Sharkova, Jerre Davidson, and Daniel Carney. All of the artists participating have local, national and international followings.


Veta Carney; “Sticks & Stones” cast uranium glass, mixed media

Reflections On Glass

 May 5th – June 26th 2016

Artist Reception Saturday, May 7th from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.   

There will be a second event in June with demonstrations of glass techniques and gallery talks by the artists on Saturday, June 4th from 1:00 p.m. to 4 p.m.


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7 West Washington Street, Middleburg, VA 20118

Gallery hours are Monday and Tuesday by appointment only, Wednesday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Contact the Byrne Gallery for more information at (540) 687-6986.


M L Duffy Sculpture at Reston VA’s North County Government Center

Matthew Duffy,“Mutual Understanding, Mutual Respect,” being installed at Reston, VA’s new North County Government Center. Photo: Lizzie Temme Duffy

Matthew Duffy’s artwork “Mutual Understanding, Mutual Respect” being installed at Reston, VA’s new North County Government Center. Photo: Lizzie Temme Duffy

Sculptor Matthew Duffy‘s new public artwork installed at Reston’s new North County Government Center is featured in a recent Fairfax CountyTimes article. The sculpture—two, sleek, stainless steel fretwork hands reaching for each other – was made at his studio in next door Otis Street Arts Project over the past year. Titled “Mutual Understanding, Mutual Respect, the artist M.L. Duffy describes the work as based on “the idea of mutual respect in these difficult times”. 

Matthew Duffy installing the public art sculpture in February. Photo by Janet Rems / Fairfax County Times

M.L. Duffy installing the public art sculpture in February. Photo by Janet Rems / Fairfax County Times






M.L. Duffy worked on a number of Washington Glass Studio public art projects – most notably the Bethesda, MD Safeway supermarket façade, where he later described the process deconstructed down to the hours of physical labor: “3 Bays: 7 Months, 340+ pieces of glass, 2,125 chops on the tile saw, 120 hours on the belt-sander and diamond grinder, 1 full box of silicone, 48 frames, 2 cans of paint, 300 re-filed squares, 17 castings, and a whole-lotta trying to keep track of everything.”  

Also a fine arts teacher at the Jesuit Gonzaga College High School in Washington, DC, Matthew hired a group of top art and stage crew students to work with him during the sculpture’s preliminary stages.

Congrats Matthew on the success of the new public artwork! 

ML Duffy reviews the Safeway glass panels cast from recycled glass with WGS Co-Director Erwin Timmers.

ML Duffy reviews the Safeway glass panels cast from recycled glass with WGS Co-Director Erwin Timmers.


Bullseye Glass Resumes Cadmium Use With New Filters: Red, Orange and Yellow Glass Production Returns

Bullseye Glass President Dan Schwoerer shows KOIN 6 News colorful glass made in his factory, Mar. 10, 2016

Bullseye Glass President Dan Schwoerer shows KOIN 6 News colorful glass made in his factory, Mar. 10, 2016

The embattled Southeast Portland glass company – Bullseye Glass (BE) – has installed a new filtration system to prevent dangerous metals from getting into the air. In February, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality found the area around the facility, had high levels of toxic chemicals cadmium and arsenic. The glass company voluntarily stopped using the metals in its manufacturing process. Later it said it would never again use arsenic. It also suspended the use of chromium.
The company has issued a press release on how the baghouse filter works. Air from the furnace passes up the stack, which filters out “99 percent of the particulate material” made using heavy metals during the production of glass.

Bullseye Glass President Dan Schwoerer next to the new filters at the glass furnace in Portland, OR.

Bullseye Glass President Dan Schwoerer next to the new filters at the glass furnace in Portland, OR.

The Washington Glass School has been asked how the issues affecting BE have impacted the art school and studio and the surrounding neighborhood. Director Erwin Timmers has confirmed that the toxicity issues are a problem for factories producing the glass, not the artists or their surrounding neighborhoods. Once the glass is made, all of the metals used during production to produce color become inert and therefore are safe to use in glass schools & studios.

That said, it is good to know that red, orange and yellow glass can again be part of the glass color range available to students!