American Glass Guild 10th Anniversary Conference June 18-21

The American Glass Guild (AGG) will be holding their 10th Anniversary Conference in Rockville, MD and Washington, DC, June 18-21, 2015.

agg.2015.dc.conference.jpgThe AGG promises great speakers, auction, artwork exhibition and more. There will be a focus on one of our nation’s premier collections of stained glass windows, the Washington National Cathedral. Lectures and demonstrations by national and international artists will take place June 19th – 21st, and speakers include stained glass guru Judith Schaechter; University of Sunderland’s Cate Watkinson, and WGS’ Michael Janis. The keynote speaker is William Cochran.

The Annual Live AGG Auction, which raises funds for the James Whitney Memorial Scholarship, will take place on Friday night, June 19th.

The AGG is a non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging and promoting the creation, conservation, and history of stained, leaded and decorative glass. Our Mission is to encourage spirited debate, initiate fact-based research, and work to build an environment within our field that both cultivates novices and facilitates experienced artists and craftspeople to attain a higher level of expertise.

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AGG Conference – June 18-21 2015





NYC UrbanGlass 2015 Auction Monday, May 18th 2015 UrbanGlass Gala is the principal fundraising event of New York’s UrbanGlass. UrbanGlass fosters innovative art and advances the use and appreciation of glass as a creative medium. The event helps support its studio for the more than 250 artists who make their work at UrbanGlass and helps fund its comprehensive education and scholarship programs.

Urban Glass auction paddle 8.jpgThe UrbanGlass community will honor longtime Board member and former Chairman Carl H. Pforzheimer III for his commitment and support to UrbanGlass and also honor acclaimed designer Lindsey Adelman.

The Gala will take place at 647 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY, beginning with cocktails and a silent auction in the Agnes Varis Art Center, followed by dinner and the live auction. UrbanGlass’ auctions feature a dynamic selection of works by luminaries of the glass and contemporary art worlds, including WGS’ Michael Janis. 

The annual gala is UrbanGlass’ most important fundraiser of the year. Monday, May 18 from 6:30 to 11 PM is the 2015 UrbanGlass Gala & Auction!  For additional information, please contact Rachel Feinberg.

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Cheryl P Derricotte “Modern Homes”

cherl.p.derricotte.jpgCheryl Patrice Derricotte is a native of Washington, DC who currently lives and makes art in Oakland, CA. One of the Washington Glass School’s inaugural Artist-In-Resident program, she has gone on to big things – she just completed a Master of Fine Arts at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS)! Cheryl s a sculptor and her primary medium is glass. Her sculptural work has been exhibited widely; her shows include  “HOME,” a joint exhibition of the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art (OCCCA) and the Vietnamese Arts and Letters Association (VAALA).  Derricotte received an Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass Scholarship (2015), a Creative Capacity Fund grant from the Center for Cultural Innovation (2014) and she was the recipient of a D.C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities/National Endowment for the Arts Artist Fellowship grant (2005).

MFA Project -Cheryl.p.derricotte-Modern Homes

About Cheryl Derricotte’s “Modern Homes”:

Modern Homes is a visual commentary on escalating housing costs and the changing concept of home, using the Sears, Roebuck & Company as a lens.

Said Cheryl of her project: ” I live in an apartment in a converted Sears department store.  The entryway includes a photo of a well-dressed woman looking into the store window in 1929. In Modern Homes, I am looking at what Sears a century ago can tell us about the concept of home today.” Cheryl’s MFA exhibit was on display at the CIIS from April 25-May 10.

Throughout its history, Sears has had a complex relationship to the American Dream.  Beginning in the 19th century, it was the trusted to source to buy products for the home. Yet, the building materials division was not profitable. To remedy this situation, Sears created and ran the Modern Homes program, a mail-order service for houses. Sears also offered easy financing for homes. Mortgages typically were 5-15 years at 6%. Modern Homes, depicts a forgotten slice of Americana. This work reflects the fleeting nature of value in a US economy prone to bubbles and bursts.

The American relationship to the concept of home in the 21st century is a recurring theme in her art.

Congratulations Cheryl!

Learn more about this talented artist that keeps moving onward and upward - Visit Cheryl’s website – click HERE.

Who’s Got A Big Head?

Artists of Gateway Arts District are featured and celebrated along Route 1 near Washington, DC.

Artists of Gateway Arts District are featured and celebrated along Route 1 near Washington, DC.

Some Washington Glass School artists have had their heads mounted to the gates flanking Route 1 to Washington, DC. A new chapter to “Game of Thrones”? Is Big Brother watching?… Maybe… But even better, its artists’ visages as billboards. 

WGS' Audrey Wilson (center) has become a DC area landmark.

WGS’ Audrey Wilson (center) has become a DC area landmark.

Art Lives Here” is an organization founded in Mount Rainier, MD, that seeks to partner the arts community with local businesses, two community development corporations, four cities, and Prince George’s County as a way to increase the regional visibility of the Gateway Arts District.

Glass artist Veta Carney (center) looks to the future of art.

Glass artist Veta Carney (center) looks to the future of art.

A new mixed use building with apartments, artist work space and retail space is being developed along U.S. Route 1 just outside of Washington, DC, to be called “Studio 3807″. The surrounding construction hoarding fence was wrapped with large photos of the artists that make up the Gateway Arts District. Executive Director of Joe’s Movement Emporium, Brooke Kidd, says “the Gateway Arts District is our artists; they are our best asset.”

Glass artist Diane Cabe's image overlooks the installation of the "Art Lives Here" fence wrap.

Glass artist Diane Cabe’s image overlooks the installation of the “Art Lives Here” fence wrap.

Local photographers Marketa Ebert, Charles Steck, Evan Wilder, Krista Schyler and Valerie Phillips took photos of artists that live and work in the Gateway Arts District.

Next time you travel to Washington, DC along Rhode Island Avenue, rest assured that the Glass School artists are keeping an eye on you!

WGS Co-Director Michael Janis (center) adopts his tough guy pose.

WGS Co-Director Michael Janis (center) adopts his tough guy pose.

North Carolina’s Bascom Center Call for Glass Art Craft Today: Glass

September 5 to December 6, 2015
Loft Gallery
Opening Reception: September 5, 5 to 7 pm 

The Bascom Center for the Visual Arts in Highlands, NC has announced a Call for Artists for its planned fall 2015 show, American Craft Today: Glass, juried by Melissa G. Post, former Curator at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, Washington.  This will be the center’s first all-glass juried show. The exhibit is scheduled for September 5 through December 6, 2015. Any type of glass art is eligible as long as the primary medium is glass, and artists ages 18 and over who are living and working in the United States are eligible to enter. Entry fee $35

Deadline for entries: July 3. One or two digital images may be submitted via CaFÉ for a $35 non-refundable entry fee. An artist can submit two artworks (one photograph each) or one artwork (two photographs) for consideration. For more information visit CaFE (

JRA Distinguished Artists Einar & Jamex de la Torre



Glass and mixed media artists Einar and Jamex de la Torre will speak at the Smithsonian American Art Museum as part of the James Renwick Alliance’s Distinguished Artist Series at 2 PM on Sunday, May 3.

Mexican-born artists Einar and Jamex de la Torre are brothers and artistic collaborators, who moved to the United States from Guadalajara, Jalisco in the early 1970′s. Leaving behind the academic, religious and social rigors of an all-boys Catholic school in 1960′s Guadalajara, the de la Torre brothers ended up in the small Southern California surf town of Dana Point, where they discovered the unbridled joys of co-ed public schools. attending California State University at Long Beach in the 80′s, they studied sculpture and glass blowing, during which time the artist-brothers began a flame-worked glass figure business. This business was quickly eclipsed when their artistic collaboration began in earnest in the late 1980′s with small mix media works. In the late 1990′s, they began to do large-scale sculptural installations, eventually branching out into commissioned site-specific and public art projects.

Currently, the brothers live and work on both sides of the San Diego-Baja California border, enjoying a bi-national life style that very much informs their art. Einar and Jamex de la Torre have worked, taught and exhibited both nationally, as well as internationally. Their distinctive three-dimensional work can be found in galleries, museum collections, Museum catalogs, as well as in various public art installations. They are recent recipients of the Joan Mitchel foundation award and the Louis Comfort Tiffany foundation award.

On Saturday, May 2 at 10am, the artists will give a workshop featuring a demonstration of their hot glass techniques at DC Glassworks. To sign up for the demonstration go to: James Renwick Alliance registration page.

Artists Talk – Free and Open to the Public

Date: Sunday, May 3, 2015

Time: 2:00 – 3:00 pm

Location: The MacMillan Education Center (1st floor) at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

For more information, visit their website:

Maryland’s Salisbury University Visiting Artist Program

Salisbury University

Salisbury University

The Glass program at Salisbury University is now accepting applications for its Visiting Artist Program.
Application Deadline is May 15, 2015.

The Visiting Artist Program is a nine-month residency that invites a professional artist who works primarily with glass to be a vital part of the Glass Program at Salisbury University. resident artist will have full access to the glass facilities at SU to make a body of work in accordance with their research proposal, and with the opportunity to exhibit that work at the Salisbury University Gallery near the end of their residency period. 
In addition to making his or her own work, the chosen artist will also teach two beginner level glass courses per semester,* and work 10 hours a week as a studio technician. The teaching and studio technician load is a paid position. Classes are paid at $3,300 per academic course and $2,500 each semester for the studio technician, totaling $8,800 per semester.* All expenses, including housing, are the responsibility of the artist.
All applications must be submitted via email and include the following:
• Full CV, including contact information, education, and current position. MFA required.
• Residency project proposal
• Portfolio of 10-15 digital images of current work. The can be emailed, a link to your website or sent through Dropbox. No image should be larger than 2MB. If emailed, images can be sent in multiple emails. Image files should be labeled lastname_firstname_image number (1,2,3…)
• Corresponding Image list, with title, dimensions, materials and description. 
• Three Letters of Recommendation

Please send all application materials to:
Steven Durow, Assistant Professor
Head of Glass Program,
Salisbury University

*Subject to enrollment

Syl Mathis on the Telly

Syl’s episode will be airing on MPT-HD on Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 8:30pm, repeats Sunday, April 19th at 12:30pm

Maryland Public Television is in its third season of Artworks, MPT’s weekly arts series, and this week will be featuring WGS’ Syl Mathis. The series is hosted by Rhea Feikin, a cultural icon in her own right. The show features intriguing profiles of established and emerging artists from across the country working in all creative categories: musicians, performers, visual artists, writers, designers, artisans – and experimental others who defy definition. Each program gives viewers insider access to outstanding artists they would never see otherwise.

Syl Mathis “Ancient Totem Boat “, cast and carved amber glass, slate box base – 22″w x 8″h x 4.5″d

MPT has been sourcing the Washington Glass School and the Gateway Arts District for features on the incredible artwork coming from this corner of the greater DC area. Syl’s work is well deserving its time on the TV. We are thinking of it as a preview to a future-cast of “Antiques Roadshow”! 

Habatat Galleries 43rd International Glass Invitational Exhibition

Michigan’s Habatat Galleries‘ 43rd International Glass Invitational Award Exhibition is being set up now. This huge exhibition features over 100 artists from 22 countries with each exhibiting two of their glass artworks. The gallery has many events planned, and 50 of the glass artists from around the world will be attending – click on image below to see if your favorite glass will be there! 

Glass artists scheduled to  attend Habatat Galleries 43rd International Invitational

Glass artists scheduled to attend Habatat Galleries 43rd International Invitational

The gallery events include auction, museum tours, artist talks, parties, home tours, lunches, dinners and much much more!

The largest glass exhibition in America opens Saturday April 25th, 2015 @ 8:00 pm, with a VIP Preview Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday April 23-24-25-26 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Click on image to jump to online preview link

Habatat Galleries

4400 Fernlee Ave
Royal Oak, MI 48073

Phone: 248-554-0590