Michael Janis to Go West


Michael Janis will saddle up and ride.

Washington Glass School Co-Director Michael Janis will be heading West to talk about his glass artwork and his process. Michael will be talking to the Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass (AACG) groups in New Mexico and in Arizona.


Winterowd Fine Art, 701 Canyon Road, Santa Fe NM 87501

While in Santa Fe, Michael will have some of his newest works on exhibit at Winterowd Fine Art. For more info on his talk in New Mexico – email the gallery: info@fineartsantafe.com


Michael Janis; “Becoming Her Own Each Morning”; fused glass powder, 12.5″ x 12.5″; 2014


The Year That Was – 2013 Review

2013 Year In Review

From beginning to end (and we’re not done yet), everyone at the Washington Glass School has been extremely busy throughout this year. We are excited to share a snapshot of what’s been going on and hope it will inspire you as much as it has inspired us!


AACG website

2013 Started off right – the Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass (AACG) featured WGS’ Michael Janis as the “Artist of the Month“. The Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to further the development and appreciation of art made from glass.
 Erwin Timmer’s sculpture made from recycled glass was selected as part of the Arlington Arts Center ‘s national exhibit INTERWOVEN: Art. Craft. Design.

Architect of the Capitol inspects the cast glass.
Erwin Timmers provides thrills for visiting UK artists.

The Washington Glass Studio project of designing and creating cast glass doors for the Library of Congress continued, with an inspection and review of the glass by the Architect of the Capitol. Arrangements for the International Glass & Clay exhibit – the third collaborative exhibition organized by Artomatic and the DCCAH between Washington, DC artists and artists from DC’s Sister City of Sunderland, England took place in February, with the visiting artists arriving late in the month. Erwin Timmers made sure the Brits staying with him had a taste of American adventure, being caught up in a too-fast police car chase that included the escaping fugitive ramming Erwin’s van. The UK artists were told that car chases and gun shootings are as common as they appear in any Bruce Willis movie.
Sister Cities Washington, DC and Sunderland, England collaborated to create an exhibition of artwork in the mediums both cities are renown for – glass and ceramics.

The International Glass & Clay opened March 1, and the show featured exhibits, lectures, workshops and talks that integrated artists from the UK and the USA.

Intl Glass & Clay opening night at Pepco Edison Gallery

This was the third collaborative exhibition organized by Artomatic, the DCCAH, Sunderland City, the University of Sunderland and the UK National Glass Centre. 

The show garnered a lot of interest from international sources. The British Council USA enlisted Michael Janis as a its US Cultural Ambassador, providing stories to the UK’s blog about artist Phil Vickery and how the relationship between the two glass centers enabled Tim Tate and Michael Janis to fulfill their Fulbright Scholar assignments.

UK glass artists demo at DC GlassWorks.

Workshops by visiting artists Robyn Townsend and Criss Chaney at the glass school and hot glass demos by Roger The, Phil Vickery and Colin Rennie gave the DC glass scene lots to see and think about.

Many of the visiting artists enjoyed brunch at Artomatic’s George Koch’s place.


The James Renwick Alliance (JRA) also participated in the international show,  holding a High Tea event at the Edison Place Gallery. 

Tea with the Brits and the JRA formed the closing events. Photo by Miriam Rosenthal.

The UK organizations that showed in the USA arranged to show works by the DC artists in the UK, and featured the artwork at the Sunderland Museum and the Edinburgh Art Fair later in the year. Nancy Donnelly had created
The James Renwick Alliance’s Spring Craft Weekend theme was The Stars of Today and Tomorrow. Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery had master artists Bruce Metcalf and Adrian Saxe, along with Hunt Clark and Sean Hennessey, and moderator Cindi Strauss, curator of Modern and Contemporary Decorative Arts of Houston’s Museum of Fine Arts in a panel discussion about the direction of contemporary craft. 

JRA Spring Craft Weekend panel discusion at the Smithsonian. Photo by Miriam Rosenthal.
Audrey Wilson

The JRA Weekend also had the Glass Fashion Show, MC’d by glass superstar Laura Donefer. Glass artists from around the country participated and modeled the sartorial splendor, including our Audrey Wilson and Susan Taylor Glasgow. 

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Susan Taylor Glasgow teaches Michael Janis a thing or two about glass.

Susan Taylor Glasgow lashes out at Michael Janis.


Nancy Donnelly completed a commissioned artwork piece for the Lewinsville Presbyterian Church in McLean, VA.

Nancy Donnelly’s Baptismal Font.

Tim Tate and Sean Hennessey were included in Michigan’s Habatat Gallery’s International Invitational. The exhibition had over 300 works of glass art and 2 separate exhibitions.

“Radar” Tim Tate and Sean Hennessey

Erwin Timmers’ colorful eco-friendly glass sculpture was on display in the Brentwood Arts Exchange gallery’s Front Window Gallery in May. Thoughtful and ingenious, Erwin’s sculpture calls attention to contemporary issues through a creative re-engineering of often-overlooked forms and concepts, often focusing on industrial salvage and recycling.

Erwin Timmers sculptures in the Front Window Gallery. Photo by Krista Schlyer.

In May, Duncan McClellan Gallery in St. Petersburg, Florida opened an exhibit centered on works by artists of the Washington Glass School.

Duncan McClellan Gallery

Called DC-5′ – Works by Artists of the Washington Glass School, the show had works by Sean Hennessey, Michael Janis, Allegra Marquart, Tim Tate and Erwin Timmers. St Petersburg Museum of Fine Art hosted a talk by Sean and Tim about their works and process.

Sean Hennessey at St. Petersburg’s MFA.

The American Craft Council’s magazine – American Craft featured Michael Janis with a profile on his glass artwork. The huge 8 page story gave insights to his imagery and process. This issue also included work by Tim Tate, and we have learned that the April/May issue won a national publishing award – no doubt due to the WGS stories.

American Craft April/May magazine can’t fit Michael’s head on one page. Photo by Robert Severi.

Jumping from Sunny Florida to Glamorous Venice, Italy is a daunting task – but Tim Tate’s artwork can handle the leap easily. Tangents, a show featuring works by artists Christopher Baer and Tim Tate opened on the 4th floor of the Palazzo Bembo during the Venice Biennale. June
The biennial International Symposium and Exhibition of Contemporary Glass – GlassWeekend – was hosted in June by the Creative Glass Center of America at WheatonArts and the Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass.

Amy Morgan – talks about the glass sculpture in Morgan Contemporary Glass booth during GlassWeekend.


So much went on

Keke Cribbs @ GlassWeekend.


during the long weekend; a compelling keynote talk by Judith Schaechter; introduction of the 2014 “Rising Stars of Glass”; fantastic demos; looking at the candy storeof glass art, up close and personal; seeing friends, collectors and artists – it was a great time.

American University Museum‘s Katzen Arts Center opened Tim Tate’s show “Sleepwalker”. Tim’s latest work has moved toward video installations. Rich in symbol, metaphor, movement, and mystery, videos, enable us to participate in another reality. The record-breaking show featured collaborations with artists Pete Duvall and Richard Schellenberg. 

“Sleepwalker” installation at American University Museum.

Washington Glass Studio was kept busy in June – creating and installing a new commissioned artwork for Kaiser Permanente‘s refurbished and expanded Largo, MD. medical facility.

Erwin and Audrey install Kaiser Permanente

The Washington Glass Studio was also awarded the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities’ Public Art commission for an outdoor sculpture to be located at DC’s new Unity Parkside Health Care center. The new health center is located just down the road from the Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens, a National Park Service site.

American Craft Magazine featured the collaborative team approach for the Library of Congress cast glass doors.

American Craft Magazine June/July 2013 issue re: Library of Congress cast glass.

Big congrats went out to our expat alum Jeff Zimmer. London’s  Victoria and Albert Museum, one of the world’s largest museum of decorative arts and design, acquired one of Jeff’s artworks for its permanent collection. Speaking of Brits – Susan Ratliff – a glass artist from the University of Sunderland – came to the Washington Glass School for a summer residency.

Susan Ratliff helps Audrey Wilson create the 2013 DC Shorts film awards.



Penland, NC

Sean Hennessey and Tim Tate led a tour for the Penland Auction at North Carolina’s Penland School of Crafts. The guys took the James Renwick Alliance (JRA) group to many of the the artist studios that surround Penland, some of the galleries of Asheville, and then to the beautiful setting in the Blue Ridge Mountains that surrounds Penland for the auction. Accompanying the group was Jennifer Scanlan, independent curator and craft scholar.

Aqualino Cancer Center


 August, the Washington Glass Studio installed art glass made for the the chapel in Shady Grove Hospital‘s new Aqualino Cancer Care center.
UK ceramic artist Philippa Whiteside came to next door Flux Studios to do an artist residency. UK Sunderland City Council reps came to DC to discuss future collaborative proposals and brought Philippa to the meetings with DC and UK agencies. 

Public Art talk with DCCAH

Mt Rainier’s Joes’ Movement Emporium hosted an exhibit and talk about how public art comes into being. “Public Art Concepts” gave the public a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to create artwork for a public space. The exhibit featured scale models and proposals for public art works and opening night featured a lively panel of participating artists and reps from funding agencies that have diverse experience in the public art arena.

Sean Hennessey


Sean Hennessy had a solo show at The Dunes Gallery in Washington, DC. His show, titled “The Luxury of Dreamswas a series of artworks based on interpretations of dreams submitted to Sean by friends, colleagues, strangers, and social media connections. Using bas-relief cast glass, painting, drawing, and photography, Sean created a strong and surreal body of works that takes his work to a new level. 

School was back in session with Professor Debra Ruzinsky’s lecture on the history of the studio glass movement. Students, including a class from Salisbury University, enjoyed Deb’s talk that included pre-’60s and ’70s works, works by women, European glass artists, kiln casters, and narrative works – all the alternate viewpoints.

Audrey Wilson’s artwork was selected as the best from the Midwest, 28 glass artworks from 21 glass artists have been selected for this year’s Indiana Glass Arts Alliance (IGAA) annual exhibition.  Titled “GATHERING: Contemporary Glass from the Heartland,” the exhibition at the Indiana University Kokomo Art Gallery. Nearly 150 applications, from 48 glass artists in six states, were reviewed by a two-member jury panel.  Tom Riley, who for 30 years has owned Riley Galleries, in Cleveland, Ohio along with glass artist and director of the glass program at Kent State University, Sean Mercer, collaborated on selecting artwork for the exhibition.

Audrey Wilson

Audrey – who will be having a solo exhibition at the Washington Glass School Gallery – opening Jan. 11, 2014 – had two works selected for the Indiana show.

Baltimore’s gallery and showroom Case[werks] opened its October Group ExhibitProduct Lines: Art & Function Delineated, featuring works of our eco-artist,  Erwin Timmers. Ceramics, furniture, glass, prints, textiles, and design samples were displayed in tableaus.
The pitter-patter of little feet could be heard in the studio – a part-time studio dog, Faygo, arrived. A gentle soul, the pup has been marking his territory in earnest, much to Erwin’s dismay.

Tim Tate at SOFA.

The 20th year anniversary of the big S.O.F.A. Chicago Art show proved to be a good one for the Washington Glass School artists. The show always promises to be an overload of art, ideas, artists and extravagance, and it delivered.

Susan Taylor Glasgow’s mobile chandeliers were stunning.

Also this year, a number of talks about the future of the glass movement were held;

Glass Secessionism had a round-table talk hosted by William Warmus and Tim Tate centered on Post-Studio Glass and Glass Secessionism. This talk generated a tremendous amount of buzz during the art fair, and is the ideas generated sure to continue to reverberate thru the glass world. Clearly, this is a topic that has the ability to stir passions – expect more to come. Articles about the evolving nature of studio glass and Glass Secessionism have since been published in Urban Glass’ Art Quarterly winter magazine.

Glass Secessionism panel talk at SOFA Chicago 2013. L-R Tim Tate, Perry Price, William Warmus and Jennifer Scanlan.
Audrey Wilson at CONTEXT/ Art Miami.

The winter got hot quickly – with many of the WGS artists showing at the Art Basel/Art Miami fairs. Audrey Wilson worked the fair at Alida Anderson Art Project gallery, and her artwork was among the standout pieces.

In December, we congratulated alum Jeff Zimmer on being awarded the 2014 Stephen Procter Fellowship. The international award will be taking Jeff to Australia for a residency at The Australian National University. 

Harvey Littleton, c. 1978, working at his studio in Spruce Pine, NC

December also brought the passing of the man credited with defining the start of the American Studio Glass Movement, Harvey K. Littleton. His work, his legacy of taking glass to the university, and his concepts still define much of modern glass. 

Time moves us forward, and we don’t always see the end result to which our paths lead. As we look to the future, here’s to keeping our ‘bug eyed’ sense of wonder to the medium in which we work and the people in our lives.

Best Wishes for a Great 2014 from Washington Glass School!


New Online Lit/Art Journal "Posit"

Posit magazine issue 1. Posit is the love child of literature and art

The first issue of Posit – an online journal of literature and visual art – features (artwork by) Michael Janis as the inaugural cover boy.

Posit was founded by Editor and author Susan Lewis and the Arts Editor is NYC based artist Melissa Stern. Susan has been the managing editor of MadHat Press, MadHat Lit, and MadHat Annual, fiction and poetry editor of Global City Review, and guest editor of Right Hand Pointing and Altered Scale. She received her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and taught creative writing at SUNY, Purchase. Melissa Stern is a studio artist, book designer, arts journalist, and critic living in New York City and Shokan, NY. Her work is exhibited in galleries throughout the U.S. and Canada. She covers the New York art scene for CityArts and the New York Press.

Arts Editor Melissa Stern said of the inaugural issue artwork: “For Posit 1, it is my pleasure to present the work of three artists whose work shares a sense of elegance and grace. In these galleries, Michael Janis creates sublime narratives of extraordinary depth and dimensionality through the laborious fusing of layer upon layer of glass, bringing precision and construct to a parallel universe where science and reason adhere to their own logic; while Leah Oates’ gentle layers of image and tone build mysterious photographic journeys through countryside and city; a theme taken up by Kyle Gallup’s celebration of the past and possibility of New York, from Coney Island to old theater marquees, alternately documenting a world long-gone and fashioning a fantasy of what it might have been.” 

We wish the best of luck to the new online magazine! For the journal’s submission guidlines – both artwork and literature – click HERE. 

In Memoriam: Harvey K Littleton

We mourn the passing of the “Father” of the American Studio Glass Movement, without whom none of us glass artists would be where we are now.

Harvey K. Littleton (1922-2013) was the seminal glass artist whose work ranged from functional vessels to sculptural forms. His father was a physicist at Corning Glass Works providing him early exposure to glass in the factories. Trained as a ceramicist, he began experimenting with hot glass in his studio in the 1950’s. Through two landmark workshops and by establishing the first Studio Glass curriculum at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, he helped to bring glass out of the factory and into the artists’ studio. Harvey died on December 13, 2013, at his home in Spruce Pine, North Carolina, at the age of 91. A letter circulated by his family states that his death came “after a long decline.” A private celebration of his life, and that of his wife, Bess, who died in October 2009, will be held by the family on January 11th.

He attended Brighton School of Art in England, received his Bachelors of Design at the University of Michigan, and received his M.F.A. from Cranbrook Academy of Art.

Harvey Littleton, left, with student Dale Chihuly, right, in 1974. Photo courtesy of Chihuly Inc.

In his role as an educator, Harvey was an “…outspoken and eloquent advocate of university education in the arts.”  He organized the first hot glass program at an American university (the University of Wisconsin–Madison) and promoted the idea of glass as a course of study in university art departments in the Midwest and northeastern United States. Several of Harvey Littleton’s students went on to disseminate the study of glass art throughout the U.S., including Marvin Lipofsky, who started a glass program at the University of California at Berkeley and Dale Chihuly, who developed the glass program at the Rhode Island School of Design and later was a founder of Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, Washington.

Harvey retired from teaching in 1976 to focus on his own art. Exploring the inherent qualities of the medium, he worked in series with simple forms to draw attention to the complex interplay of transparent glass with multiple overlays of thin color.

Harvey  was married to Bess Tamura Littleton in 1947. She died on October 8, 2009.The couple had four children: Carol L. Shay, Thomas Littleton, Maurine Littleton and John Littleton. All work in the field of glass art. Carol L. Shay is the curator at Littleton Studios; Tom Littleton owns and manages Spruce Pine Batch Company, which supplies batch (the dry ingredients of which glass is made) to artists and art departments around the U.S.; Maurine Littleton is the owner and director of Maurine Littleton Gallery which specializes in glass art, in Washington, DC. With his wife and collaborative partner, Kate Vogel, John Littleton is a glass artist in Bakersville, NC.

Harvey’s work can be found in the collection of the High Museum of Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, New York, Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution, the Victoria & Albert Museum in England, amongst others.

From our friends at the Corning Museum of Glass: Donations in Harvey Littleton’s name can be made to The Hospice and Palliative Care Center of Mitchell County that provided invaluable support to his family in the care for Harvey, and/or to the Penland School of Crafts “Harvey and Bess Littleton Scholarship Fund” that provides one full scholarship for a two-week summer session in hot glass.

New Washington Glass School Winter/Spring 2014 Schedule

    New Winter/Spring 2014 Class Schedule     

To register for any classes…please call or e-mail to hold a space and mail a $50 deposit check made out to Washington Glass School. Be sure to include the course number and your phone number with your deposit. This is important to do ASAP as classes tend to fill quickly!  All checks, class info and registration are to be sent to:
3700 Otis Street, Mount Rainier, MD 20712
Phone: 202-744-8222 
Or- scroll down thru this post to the Paypal option for deposit.


Class 1600 –  Beginner’s Glass Lover’s Weekend


glass lovers

Our most popular class, this is the fastest way to learn all aspects of warm glass in the shortest amount of time! Under the supervision of a professional glass artist you will learn the fundamentals of fusing, slumping and dimensional kiln casting. Everything from bowls and plates to sculptural objects… this is the perfect way for a beginner to learn the basics of glass… and you will leave with several very cool items! Offered 3 times in the session.

Instructors       Audrey Wilson
Dates               Session A – Sat/Sun Jan. 18/19
                       Session B- Sat/Sun Apr. 5/6
Time               1pm to 5pm each day      
Tuition            $300 per student (all materials included) 


Class 1601 – MIG Welding For Dummies!        


Ever wondered about learning to weld? Want to impress your friends, your older brother and that cute bartender? It’s easier than you think! In three evenings you will learn how to lay a bead, and handle all sorts of sharp and dangerous tools. You will be able to complete a small project and leave with lots of ideas and know-how for other projects. This class will teach you the basics of welding, metal work and design, joining, bending and finishing. And you will get dirty!  Offered 2 times this calendar.
Instructor :  Erwin Timmers
Dates :        

Session A 

Wed.Eves  Jan.(8,15,22)

                  Session B Wed.Eves  April (2,9,16) 

Time :          7:00 pm to 9:30 pm

Tuition :       $350 per student


Class 1602 – Fancy Frits!



Learn how to use colorful glass frits to create interesting and unique designs on two separate fused bowls.  You will learn about shifting frit onto fiber paper to create lacy frit wafers.  A great technique with many uses, including learning how to layer wafers to create depth and wondrous beauty!  Bring your bowl fusing skills to the next level with this two day course.

Instructors: Audrey Wilson

Dates :       Saturdays in March (8 and 15)

Time:         1:00pm to 4pm

Tuition :     $350


Class 1603 – Lighting Up Your Life 


  sconce class

Are you looking to bring some new light into your home? Tired of the same old “builder special” lights? Well, come and make your own in this class! You will truly display your glass skills in their best light. You’ll learn to cut, fuse and shape glass into the right form. Ceiling or wall fixture, you will have the chance to design your own. You will also learn how to safely wire and install your new lamp. No glass or electrical experience is necessary. 

Instructor: Erwin Timmers

Dates : Wednesday eves, Feb. 5, 12, and 19
Time: 7pm to 9:30pm

Tuition: $300 per student (all materials included)


Class 1604 – More MIG 



Now that you’ve tried your hand at MIG welding, the hot-glue gun of the metal shop, why not expand your horizons? We will offer a truck load of new techniques. You can compare welding stainless steel vs. aluminum, and pit the plasma cutter vs. oxyacetylene. You will also improve your MIG skills, and spend more time on grinding, polishing, finishing and patinas. Remember, this is a real, live, active, working shop! You will get dirty. Wear closed-toed shoes and long pants.

Prerequisite: one MIG welding class or equivalent.

 Instructor: Erwin Timmers

Dates : Wednesday eves, Mar. 5, 12, and 19
Time: 7pm to 9:30pm

Tuition: $350 per student (all materials included)


Class 1606 – Audrey’s Weekly Super Bowl Party


next step glass fuse bowls

You like bowls?  So do we!  So every Saturday come join Audrey Wilson at a super Bowl Making party! This is ongoing all summer (unless Audrey needs a break!). Email for availability…..and let the bowl making begin!
(email the instructor Audrey directly on this one – studio@washglass.com) 

Instructor :  Audrey Wilson 

Dates :   the Super Bowl Party will take place on the following dates. Take just one or all of them!
            Jan. 4th and 25th

            Feb. 1st and 22nd

            March 1st and 22nd. 

Time : 1:30 to 4pm

Tuition : $75 for each session.(limit 6 students per session) 


Class 1607- Open Studio – Work At Your Own Pace 


Beginner's Glass Lovers

Already know the basics of casting or fusing? Open Studio gives each student the opportunity to work independently in a world class studio. Tuition includes a kiln firing per session, clear base glass and colored scrap glass, use of studio tools. Note: students working in dry plaster casting need to schedule cleanup date with studio coordinator.

Instructor :  Studio Staff 

Dates :        Wed/Thurs/Sat afternoons (call to confirm appointment) 

Time :        1pm to 5pm 

Tuition :      $300 for 4 sessions

Deposit for Class Registration, balance due at class time.

Chicago’s UIMA Features Glass & Ceramics

Chicago’s Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art (UIMA) will present an exhibition that focuses on the mediums of ceramic or glass in contemporary art. 
Titled “Ceramics / Glass” the UIMA has selected some distinctive and expressive glass and clay artwork that challenges the boundaries between the traditional categories of craft, art, and design.

Michael Janis “Flying In Place”

Glass artists Brent Rogers, Alex Trommler, Aaron Wolf-Boze and Eric Bladholm will showcase works from Chicago’s Ignite Glass and Chicago Glassworks Studios

Nikki Renee Anderson, Robert Pulley are from Chicago Sculpture International and their works focus on the sculptural aspect of working with ceramics.

Eric Bladhom “Istok Industrija, Crveno (Eastern Industry, Red) “

Michael Janis, a Chicago-born artist (now Co-Director of the Washington Glass School) will present his unique fused glass frit powder drawings.

Xavier Monsalvatje lives in Spain and works in traditional ceramic techniques which reflect industrial aesthetic designs reminiscent of the works of Mexican Muralists.

Yurij Musatov and Anna Lypko, both from Ukraine, are two contemporary artists working in ceramics.  
Ceramics / Glass

December 6, 2013 – February 2, 2014 
Opening Reception December 6, 2013 (Friday 6-9pm) 

2320 W Chicago Ave 
Chicago, IL 60622
Click HERE to jump to the Facebook event listing of the opening.

Fancy a bit of SHAG talk? (Society of History & Graphics lecture that is!)

Please join Baltimore’s Case[werks] Gallery for the November SHAG lecture “Historical Sources of Design Inspiration.”SHAG (The Society for History and Graphics) presents a monthly program in Baltimore to further the knowledge of the history of graphic design and illustration. Programs are free and open to anyone.

12 artists and designers featured in the exhibit “Product Lines: Art & Function Delineated” (Case[werks] Gallery current show) will discuss the historical sources that influenced their designs.

“Product Lines” exhibition featured artists are: Inna Alesina, William John Gardner Design Studio, Majer Metal Works, Emmanuel Nicolaidis, Andrea Pippins, Sarah Templinn /Radica Textiles, Whitney Sherman, David Hess, Brian Kain, Lyle Kissack, Erwin Timmers & John Wise.

Lori Rubeling, Case[werks] curator-in-residence will lead the discussion.

Case[werks]Showroom & Gallery

1501 Saint Paul Street, Suite 116, Baltimore, Maryland 21202

For more info – click HERE to jump to the Facebook event page for more details.

Veterans Day: Honoring Those Who Served In The Armed Forces

Above is from a series of works Melissa Kistler created during a class focused on imagery in glass at The Corning Museum of Glass in New York.

In the new post-studio glass landscape, content driven artwork continues to evolve. Often people struggle to tell a story with their artwork, and as artists, work at connecting to the viewer with personal narratives integrated into their work. For this Veterans Day we feature one artist’s successful series that draws from her family story.

Glass artist Melissa Kistler was born and raised in a small rural community in northeastern Pennsylvania. As the daughter of a Master Gunnery Sergeant of the Marine Corps, her work draws from the overlapping spheres of family, the military, and home.

Melissa Kistler; “Mother, Daughter” detail; mirror, print

Utilizing nostalgic references to childhood and memory, she delves into the phenomena of collective identity and the fluidity of the self. Melissa’s work is informed by sociological studies of identity and the military and cultural representations of family and military membership.

Melissa Kistler; “Sailors”mirrored glass, print

Melissa earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree with a concentration in glass from Tyler School of Art at Temple University. She was a recipient of a Creative Arts, Research, and Scholarship Grant from Temple University and has continued her education at the Corning Museum of Glass in New York as a scholarship student. 
She has shown her work in numerous galleries nationally, and recently had her work included in the IGAA exhibit ” The GATHERING: Contemporary Glass from the Heartland,” which opened Oct. 19 at the Indiana University Kokomo Art Gallery. Melissa currently resides in Indianapolis, Indiana, where she continues her work.

Curate Maryland Comes To Gateway Arts District

Register Now!

Curate Maryland — Gateway Arts District
Saturday, November 16, 2013

11am — 3pm

Prince George’s County, Maryland

Emerging Arts Advocates, an initiative of Maryland Citizens for the Arts (MCA), bring you the second installment of …  

Curate Maryland 

 a new series of “on the ground” experiences designed to highlight and promote the arts in cities and towns from across the state of Maryland. 

Each Curate Maryland event will spotlight a selection of one town’s local arts organizations while also fostering dialogue about issues that concern arts advocates at all levels of governance. In essence, Curate Maryland is a site specific celebration, one city or town at a time, by arts lovers from around the state (think pub crawl for arts advocacy).    

On Saturday, November 16th,
 come spend some time in the

Gateway Arts District

 and connect to the corridor’s rich cultural offerings and people. The following organizations potentially will participate:

Joe’s Movement Emporium

Red Dirt Studios

Flux Studios

Washington Glass Studio

Art Works Studio School 

Gateway Art Center with visits to
Prince George’s African American Museum
Brentwood Art Exchange

39th Street Gallery and Studios

and then

ezStorage Studios


There will also be a boxed lunch with networking and dialogue.

Why You Should “Curate

Bring a friend and come enjoy the company of other Marylanders as we “day trip” to explore the Gateway Arts District in Prince George’s Co., together. Follow your sense of adventure and curiosity about the art and people in another part of the state!  Curate MD allows for regional exchange, celebration of the arts and dialogue. We can learn from what other artists, arts enthusiasts and arts professionals are doing. We can take best practices, new contacts and inspirations back home! 

How to register! 

There is a $10 registration fee which includes lunch! Go to our Curate Maryland page for registration instructions HERE.

  * Let us know about any dietary restrictions or preferences.

Off To SOFA Chicago!

The works are all finished and packed – and on their way to Chicago’s Navy Pier for the huge arts fair: S.O.F.A. (Sculptural Objects and Functional Art)!

Michael Janis “When She Was There” detail, kilnformed glass, frit powder imagery

WGS’ Tim Tate will have his new glass/video works on exhibit at Habatat Galleries (space # 1100); Michael Janis and Allegra Marquart will both be featured at Maurine Littleton Gallery (space #403).

Allegra Marquart “Cow Over The Moon”, kilncast glass

Tim will also be part of a series of lectures and booth events. He will be part of the Saturday Nov 2 talk about developing new audiences, titled: “Through A Glass, Brightly 
He also will be giving a booth lecture at Habatat’s space titled “Video as the Next Craft Medium” on Saturday at 1:30 pm.

Tim Tate “Guardians of Nature”, Cast Glass, Video

Glass Secessionism will have a talk hosted by William Warmus and Tim Tate in Room 323, from 3-4pm on Saturday. Titled ‘The Gathering: Glass Landscape in the 21st Century’, it will be a round table discussion centered on Post-Studio Glass and Glass Secessionism. For more info – check out the Facebook event posting online HERE.

SOFA CHICAGO opens Thursday, October 31 and runs through Sunday, November 3, 2013 at Chicago’s historic Navy Pier.