WGS Studio Artist Kyle Crosby Featured in Washingtonian Magazine

Film producer Kyle David Crosby joined the Washington Glass Studio family in 2016. Since he joined the studio, Kyle and his Pictureshow Productions has worked on a number of great films, including 2017′s The Confidential Informant - where Kyle worked with writer/Executive Producer George Pelecanos. George is known for his DC-focused crime novels and gripping work on HBO’s The Wire and The Deuce.

Kyle David Crosby

Kyle David Crosby @ The Washington Glass School.

The two are currently making an anthology film, titled DC Noir, filmed around the stories locations set in the DC area, with George Pelecanos in his directorial debut.  

Washingtonian Magazine has a story in the February 2018  about the two filmmakers and how important it is to George Pelecanos to have the movies about Washington, DC be filmed in DC. Written by Rosa Cartagena and photographed by Evy Mages, the article give great insight to what it takes to bring a written story to life on film. 

George Pelecanos and Kyle David Crosby. Washingtonian photo by Eve Mages

George Pelecanos and Kyle David Crosby. Washingtonian photo by Evy Mages.


From Super Bowls™ Class to the SUPER BOWL!

The glass artist that started our popular Super Bowls™ class instructor – Audrey Wilson – appeared in the 2018 Super Bowl!  Kent State University created a 30-second spot that touts the “boundless innovation” on the Ohio campus and features shots of students participating in science, fashion and art programs during the 2018 Super Bowl game. The same ad will also run during the Opening Ceremonies of the PyeongChang Olympics. Great to see Audrey as she gets her MFA at Kent State! The Super Bowls™ class continues at the Washington Glass School with Laura Beth Konopinski at the helm.

Our Miss Audrey featured walk-on as glass instructor in Kent State's 2018 Super Bowl ad.

Our Miss Audrey featured walk-on as glass instructor in Kent State’s 2018 Super Bowl ad.

Audrey Wilson appears 20 seconds into the televised spot, supervising Steven Edwards as he works hot glass in the hotshop. See the full video in the link below:

Happy Groundhog Day!

Groundhog, Design by Taf Lebel Schaefer, lead crystal, 2011

Groundhog,  Steuben Glass (Design by Taf Lebel Schaefer), lead crystal, 2011

In the 18th and 19th centuries, young ladies attending dances employed porcelain, marble, and glass eggs to cool hands, heated by the excitement of the evening. Steuben Glass created a line of crystal hand coolers that modernized the design into intricate works of glass art that nestles in one’s palm. 

Steuben Glass was founded in 1903 by renowned English glass master Frederick Carder, who named it for Steuben County, where Corning is located.

In 2008, 105 years after it was founded, the Steuben division was sold by Corning Incorporated to retail conglomerate Schottenstein Stores. On September 15, 2011, Schottenstein announced it was shutting down Steuben’s Corning factory and Manhattan store, ending the company’s 108-year history.

The Corning Museum of Glass acquired the Steuben brand in 2016 and the factory was torn down to make room for an expansion of the museum. Now, Steuben Glass pieces are once more on display — and available for sale — at the museum.

New Imagine Museum Honors Tim Tate

This weekend, St Petersburg, Florida’s new Imagine Museumtim.tate.imagine.museum.glass.art.future opened, and artists Tim Tate, along with artists Rik Allen and Christina Bothwell received “Artists of the Future” awards. The museum awards were selected for artworks that had narrative content  dealing with spirituality. 

Like our Professor Tate – we are all tickled pink!!

Pathways School CRN SFSI Students Visit Washington Glass School

Pathway Schools students visit Washington Glass School to learn the intricacies of glass innovation and business.

Pathway Schools students visit Washington Glass School to learn the challenges of glass innovation and business. (photos by Arlene Graham)

This week and next, students from the Pathways Schools will be at the Washington Glass School being exposed to glass and the business of art, enabling the students to experience and appreciate firsthand the intricacies and discipline required for the creation of art and design.

Artist Patricia De Poel Wilberg talks about her process of reverse painted glass to the Pathways CRN SFSI students.

Artist Patricia De Poel Wilberg talks about her process of reverse painted glass to the students from Pathways Schools’ Caribbean Returning Nationals – Students For Student Initiative (CRN-CSFSI).

CRN-SFSI designed the “Community Experience” for The Pathways Schools.  Approximately 10 students visit select businesses in Prince George’s County to learn and shadow their workers as their curiosity is aroused through discovery. The students ages range from 15 to 19 years.

WGS Director Erwin Timmers outlines how sustainable design can work in the creation of fine art sculpture.

WGS Director Erwin Timmers outlines how sustainable design can work in the creation of fine art sculpture.

crnAbout Caribbean Returning Nationals Foundation, Students for Students Initiative
Arlene Graham is the Founder and Executive Director of Caribbean Returning Nationals Foundation (CRN), Students for Students Initiative (SFSI) a non-profit headquartered in Maryland.  CRN SFSI empowers students and young professionals from all cultures to be global innovators. CRN SFSI understands today’s youth needs support and access to opportunities to compete on the global stage. Through their Out-Of-The-Box Approach to career development, CRN SFSI offers various programs designed specifically to address the young person’s interests and skills. 

pathwayslogo1About The Pathways Schools
The Pathways Schools operate five therapeutic educational programs in Maryland’s Anne Arundel, Montgomery and Prince George’s counties for students aged 11 through 21 who have emotional and behavioral disabilities. Each school provides a unique, comprehensive, success-oriented alternative day program in a small family-oriented setting of not more than 40 students. Their goal is to enable students with emotional or behavioral disabilities to take responsibility for their lives and to become independent contributing members of our communities and society.

Wendell Castle, Sculptor That Merged Furniture & Art, Dies at 85

Wendell Castle, a visionary woodworker, furniture-maker and sculptor has died at the age of 85. Mr. Castle died late Saturday afternoon at his estate in upstate New York, according to an announcement by Rochester Institute of Technology, where he was an artist in residence. Mr. Castle suffered from leukemia and had been in and out of the hospital over the last two months.

In more than a half-century of work, Mr. Castle melded furniture with art, creating provocative tables, chairs, clocks and other objects that bemused, surprised and baffled those who saw them. He placed form above function, and frequently shifted styles and genres.

Wendell Castle, Ghost Clock, 1985, bleached Honduras mahogany, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 1985

Wendell Castle, Ghost Clock, 1985, bleached Honduras mahogany, Smithsonian American Art Museum.

His best known work at the Smithsonian Renwick Gallery – which looks like a white sheet was draped over a grandfather clock – is a masterpiece of illusion. The museum’s artwork description includes the following text: At first glance, Ghost Clock appears to be a grandfather clock hidden by a large white sheet tied with a rope. A close look, however, reveals a masterful deception: this entire sculpture was hand-carved from a single block of laminated mahogany. With meticulous detail, Castle re-created in wood the contours of soft, supple cloth, then completed the illusion by bleaching the “drapery” white and staining the base of the “clock” a walnut brown. This work is the last in a series of thirteen clocks the artist created in the 1980s; unlike the others, it lacks an inner mechanism. Its haunting stillness and silence suggest eternity—the absence of time.

Mr. Castle’s work — in media like wood, but also plastic, concrete, bronze — is exhibited in galleries and displayed in museums worldwide.

editor’s note: 

Wendell Castle’s 10 Adopted Rules of Thumb:

1. If you are in love with an idea, you are no judge of its beauty or value.
2. It is difficult to see the whole picture when you are inside the frame.
3. After learning the tricks of the trade, don’t think you know the trade.
4. We see and apprehend what we already know.
5. The dog that stays on the porch will find no bones.
6. Never state a problem to yourself in the terms it was brought to you.
7. If it’s offbeat or surprising then it’s probably useful.
8. If you do not expect the unexpected, you will not find it.
9. Don’t get too serious.
10. If you hit the bullseye everytime, then the target is probably too near.

Celebrating Dr Martin Luther King Day

We pause to reflect on the meaning of Martin Luther King Jr Day. MLK day is one that celebrates the iconic leader and the legacy of a man who brought hope and healing to America. We commemorate Dr. King’s inspiring words, because his voice and his vision filled a great void in our nation, and answered our collective longing to become a country that truly lived by its noblest principles.

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”  Martin Luther King, Jr.



Florida Glass Vacation?! I Need It Bad!!

Sarasota: The Glass Mecca!

Jan 25, 2018 to Sunday, Jan 28, 2018
Sarasota Glass Weekend 2018!

Starting January 25th and continuing through the 28th, 2018, Michigan’s Habatat Galleries aims at providing a spectacular glass experience. 

Alex Bernstein's Dolomite Series will be part of the "Currents" Exhibition.

Alex Bernstein’s Dolomite Series will be part of the “Currents” Exhibition.


During the week on the West Coast of Florida is the much-anticipated grand opening of the Kotler-Coville Pavillion located at the entrance of the prestigious Ringling Museum of Art. This new space was created to present Studio Glass gifted from these great collections and selected glass works from the museum’s collection.

Habatat Galleries will also present two important exhibitions: “Trends” – an eye-opening presentation that speculates on the future of glass as an expression for artists and “Currents” – which presents new sculptures of 30 of the most sought-after International artists working today.

Also, during the week is the grand opening of the new Imagine Museum, whose collection features rare glimpses into the 55-year history of Studio Glass in America.

Habatat’s list of events include visits to the Duncan McClellan Gallery, collector homes, a visit to the Chihuly Museum and talks by a number of the glass artists being exhibited.

For more info – click HERE to jump to Habatat Galleries’ page.

New Glass Museum opens in Sunny St. Pete!

Imagine Museum's  ribbon cutting on Tuesday, January 23rd at 10:30 a.m.

Imagine Museum’s grand opening ribbon cutting will be on Tuesday, January 23rd @ 10:30 a.m.

The brand-new Imagine Museum opens January 23, 2018 in Saint Petersburg, Florida, near the Morean Arts Center, which has a permanent collection of Dale Chihuly’s glass artwork.

The vision for the museum comes via its benefactor, Trish Duggan, a glass collector and artist in her own right. Duggan wanted to create a space with both aesthetic and civic significance, a cultural institution dedicated to her medium of choice: glass. The new museum’s primary collection will focus on the explosive growth and diversification of the studio glass movement in America since the 1960’s, and extends to new directions in contemporary glass.

The collection of the museum seeks to present an historical Family Tree of the American Studio Glass Movement from the 1960’s to the present. This 55-year phenomenon is represented by 55 prominent glass artists who exemplify its vitality. The collection comprises almost 500 extraordinary works that highlight the connections and influences among studio glass pioneers through to the present. The museum’s collection was acquired with the help of Corey Hampson, president and owner of Michigan’s Habatat Galleries, who was acting as a “curatorial advisor.” 

imagine,museumImagine Museum
1901 Central Avenue
Saint Petersburg, Florida 33713