"The New Materiality" Goes to Little Rock

>The New Materiality: Digital Dialogues at the Boundaries of Contemporary Craft is an exhibition that Fo Wilson had curated originally for the Fuller Craft Museum in Massachusetts in 2010. It has started a national tour and was on view at the Milwaukee Art Museum and the Asheville Museum in North Carolina. This April it will also travel to the Arkansas Art Center, opening April 13, 2012.

The exhibition examines the work of sixteen established and emerging makers working in traditional craft disciplines who are treading compelling territory between traditional mediums and emergent technologies.

The Arkansas Arts Center features nine galleries as well as classrooms and a theater. The permanent collection includes American and European paintings, drawings, and sculptures from the 16th century to the present times.

A children’s theater and decorative arts museum is also part of the center. As home to famous Renaissance and Impressionist paintings as well as modern drawings and sculptures, the Arts Center has devoted over thirty years to build a unique collection of American and European works.


Tim Tate American (Washington, D.C., 1966 – )
Personal Installation: My Heart is Unbreakable, 2007
glass, video, mixed media
Arkansas Arts Center Foundation Collection: Purchase, Tabriz Fund. 2007.048

Arkansas Arts Center,

501 East 9th Street, Little Rock, AR 72202

April 13 – August 5, 2012

click HERE to jump to Arkansas Arts Center website.

I Heart American Craft Council

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Love is in the air

I ♥ Glass

In time for Valentines, the Feb/March 2012 issue of American Craft magazine (published by the American Craft Council) features Washington Glass School Director Michael Janis answering the romantic question: “Who’s Your Platonic Craft Crush”. The new issue also has some great articles about Harvey Littleton and the Studio Glass Movement, and an article about ceramic sculptor Cristina Córdova.

For some reason tho, Michael is made to be yellow. Very yellow. I am (overly) Curious Yellow.

Michael Janis looking either very jaundiced or he’s Bart Simpson’s twin, Hugo.

And just who is Michael Craft Crushing on? Its no secret that it is glass & ceramic artist Christina Bothwell.

The American Craft Council is the voice for craft in America, celebrating the remarkable achievement of the many gifted artists working in the media of clay, fiber, glass, metal, wood and other materials. Programs through which the Council supports the field include the bimonthly magazine American Craft. Click HERE to jump to the Craft Council website.

Jane Sauer Gallery Serves Up Tim Tate

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Tim Tate:Cooking Without Calories

February 24 – March 14

Jane Sauer Gallery will have a show of Tim Tate’s glass treats scheduled to coincide with Santa Fe’s 15th annual ARTfeast – a Santa Fe event that raises funds for children, education and the arts.

The works continue Tm’s obsession with miniaturization of objects and the relationship of scale – each work looking good enough to eat! My favorite is “Mostly Chocolate” (- finally a sweet that I can enjoy without guilt!)

From Jane Sauer Gallery: “In conjunction with ARTfeast, we are showing Tim Tate’s delightful cast glass delicacies of pie slices, tarts, ice cream cones, cupcakes, cotton candy, and donuts, artfully arranged in a pyramid of trays underneath a glass dome.”

Jane Sauer Gallery is located on Canyon Road in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Jane Sauer Gallery 652 Canyon Road

Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501

phone: 505-995-8513

History of Fused Glass

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Update: Click Here for Part 1 The Pioneers

Click HERE for Part 2 The 60′s, 70′s & 80′s

2012 is the milestone year for the American Studio Art Glass Movement – taking its start the Toledo workshops with Harvey Littleton &  Dominick Labino. I know there are many events planned and stories that will be published this year about how glass moved from the factory into the hands of artists – but for studio glass – usually the focus is on blown glass.
I want to do a blog posting that references the history of warm glass.

Who would you suggest as the fused glass pioneers, superstars & legends? I know of Klaus Moje and Richard La Londe – but who else jumps to mind when mentioning kiln-formed glass?

Klaus Moje

Ray Ahlgren, Dan Schwoerer, Boyce Lundstrom (Bullseye Glass Founders in the groovy 1970′s)


Personally, I’d prefer suggestions of artists that set the foundation for and outlined the language on which we all build our work upon. Pix, links – all is welcome as suggestions.

You can post ideas here or email me at the glass school: (washglassschool@aol.com)

Thanks! B

Washington Glass School Winter Exhibition 2011

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The Washington Glass School 10th Anniversary Winter Sculpture Exhibition and Open House was held on December 10, 2011. Here are some shots from the day:


Mount Rainier City Councilman Jimmy Tarlau checks out the Open House – loving the artwork by Dave Cook.


The Washington Post had featured Erwin Timmers cast recycled glass in the Weekend Section – and his work had drawn many visitors.

Erwin Timmers chats about art with Stephan Thurman and Laurie Brown.

The Glass School’s newest elf – Mick Coughlan – updates and advises Santa on the current “Naughty or Nice” status.

From the looks of the conversation between Robert Kincheloe and M.L.Duffy – I’m guessing “Naughty” list material.

Sean Hennessey chats with one of the art patrons about his mixed media works.


Takoma Park’s Exhibits Director, Alison Carr with her family – checking out Sean Hennessey’s concrete-and-glass sculpture.

Syl Mathis‘ cast glass sculpture always draws a crowd.



Everyone wants to know more about the artwork on exhibit.

Debra Ruzinsky exhibits her beautiful cast glass – Sweet!


Nancy Donnelly‘s copper, glass and steel sculpture were some of the most popular works in the show. Nancy nearly sold out of all her work. I understand that she had another art opening after the school’s show, and sold many of her painting works! This is Nancy’s year!

Speaking of years – this is also a big one for metalworker Chris Shea. Chris’ artwork was recently acquired by the Smithsonian Museum as part of the permanent collection at the Renwick Gallery. Congratulations, Chris!

Michael Janis explains his “sgraffito” technique of drawing with crushed glass powder.


Relaxing in the lounge – Robert Kincheloe, ceramic artist Novie Trump, and Sean Hennessey.

It was a great time to check out the new class schedule, meet the artists, visit with friends. Looking forward to what 2012 will bring!

Bullseye Gallery Features Painter(ly) Glass Artists

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Michael Janis Observation of Signals
2011 Kilnformed glass


Jeff Wallin Kate
2008 Kilnformed glass

Bullseye Gallery – located near the Bullseye Glass Center in Portland, Oregon – has a special exhibit opening soon that focuses on artists that work.
Titled “FACTURE -Artists at the Forefront of Painterly Glass” the exhibit asks
what advantages do the materials and processes found in glass provide that can’t be found in other painting media.


“FACTURE -Artists at the Forefront of Painterly Glass”

January 4 thru February 25, 2012
Bullseye Gallery, Portland, OR

Works by Michael Janis, Kari Minnick, Martha Pfanschmidt, Ted Sawyer, Abi Spring, and Jeff Wallin
Artist Reception: Wednesday, January 4, 5:30 – 7:30 pm

A panel discussion will be held with the artists moderated by Bullseye’s Michael Endo on Sunday January 8 from 2pm–4pm.

Bullseye Gallery offers contemporary art objects and experiences examining the potential and complexity of kilnformed glass. The gallery also explores glass in the built environment, inviting art into architecture through collaborations with artists, designers, architects and clients.

The gallery hosts artist lectures, panel discussions, and events which encourage dialogue about the concepts and processes driving contemporary art.

Bullseye Gallery
300 NW 13th Ave, Portland, OR 97209
Phone: 503.227.0222

Gallery Hours: Tues – Sat 10:00AM – 5:00PM

Winter Exhibit

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Works by M.L. Duffy and Debra Ruzinsky

The Washington Glass School is set up for the Open Studio and Winter Show that is held this Saturday, Dec 10. The show runs from 1 to 5 pm.
The artists and instructors have been setting up areas with some great works - The Washington Post newspaper selected the show as part of the Weekend Picks. Great image by Pete Duvall of Erwin Timmers cast recycled glass!

The Friday Weekend Section of the Washington Post.

Nancy Donnelly’s cast glass woodblock

A Wall of Tim Tates!

Sean Hennessey’s cast elements in front of Syl Mathis’ cast glass boats

Chris Shea’s fantastic sculpture.

Come on up to to the Mount Rainier studios, just across the Eastern Ave border. Next door studios like Flux Studio and Ellyn Weiss’ are open!

Washington Glass School

3700 Otis Street
Mount Rainier, MD 20712

Making Functional Art From Recycled Materials Class

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The Eco-Tables class- where the students create the tables using recycled materials (both reclaimed steel & glass) just completed – here are some photos from the class!

The class first creating the table-tops, working with salvaged and recycled float glass.


After fusing the recycled glass, the tops were coldworked and made smooth.

Erwin Timmers – DC’s leading “Green-artist” outlines what is required to make the metal work support. Some students are overwhelmed.

Erwin outlines step-by-step the procedures to cut, weld and grind smooth the steelwork.

Some of the students were stylin’ in the welding helmets and green welding jackets.

Teaching Assistant Laurie Brown supervises the metal working.


Soon, tables are marching out from the coldshop.


The students – some who have never cut glass or welded before – are amazed at their artwork and celebrate their progress. “What’s next?
” is on each student’s mind.
The new class schedule is due out soon – Keep posted for the listing!