Fuller Craft Museum "The New Materiality"


The Fuller Craft Museum‘s new show: The New Materiality: Digital Dialogues at the Boundaries of Contemporary Craft has its Opening Reception this weekend.

Curated by Fo Wilson, the artists in this exhibition combine new technologies – digital video, computerized design – with traditional craft materials to forge new artistic visions. The Washington Glass School’s Tim Tate is one of the featured artists in the show.

Tim Tate Virtual Novelist

blown and cast glass, electronics, original digital video

photo by Anything Photographic

Sunday, June 13, 2010, 1pm

“A Twenty-first Century View of Craft”, lecture with Fo Wilson.

Fo will discuss how the artists of ‘The New Materiality’ are adapting, manipulating and re-inventing the materials of craft in a digital age.

Sunday, June 13, 2010, 2pm

Opening Reception

Fuller Craft Museum

455 Oak Street

Brockton, MA 02301

Flux Studios welcomes Jessica Beels

If you have ever come out to the Gateway Arts District Open Studio Tours, you would know that adjacent to the Washington Glass School are some amazing artist studios.

Flux Studios, headed by celebrated ceramic artist Novie Trump, has announced that mixed media artist Jessica Beels will be joining the studio as their newest resident artist.

Jessica works in a number of materials, sculptural beads, paper, and ungalvanized steel armatures. Her work was featured at the Smithsonian Craft Show and at the Torpedo Factory in Old Town Alexandria.

Jessica has talked of using the change in studio space to allow her to take her work to a larger scale. Ms Beels said that she should be all settled in by the end of the next month or so.

We welcome Jessica to the ‘hood – and look forward to seeing alot of great new work from her!

Adam Lister Gallery’s Brave New World

>Fairfax’s Adam Lister Gallery sought out artist submissions for its summer juried show titled “Brave New World“. Over 300 artist submissions were received by the gallery, and 20 artists were selected.

Our Robert Kincheloe’s lampwork sculpture was selected to be in the summer show – his will be the only glass artwork in the show.

Brave New World
June 4 – July 18, 2010
Opening Reception Friday June 4, 6-9pm.

Adam Lister Gallery

Old Town Fairfax Village Plaza

3950 University Drive

Fairfax VA 22030

*gallery entrance on North St. between University Dr. and Chain Bridge Rd.

(across from Panera and next door to Asian Bistro)

gallery hours: Thu.6-9, Fri./Sat.12-9, Sun.12-5

or by appointment

Artists selected:

David Barr, Jennifer Bock-Nelson, Amy Boone-McCreesh, Amy Chen, Travis Childers, Sean Donlon, Kim Hennessy, Craig Hill, Jessica Jastrzebski, Robert Kincheloe, David Livingston, Todd Messegee, Jacobe Noonan, Sarah Samuels, Tamara Staser-Meltzer, Nils Henrik Sundqvist, Crystal Wagner, Jason Wallengren, Ashley Wells & Ann Williams

Lampworking Class Gets Hot!


Photos by Mike Raman

The Washington Glass School’s new torchworking classes started off Session A in fine form. The hands-on class works thru the basics of making objects on the torch. Here instructor Robert Kincheloe works with each student to master using borosilicate glass.

Teddie Hathaway heats up her glass skills.

The next beginner’s lampworking class starts in June – Click HERE to read more about the class & schedule.

Glass Line Magazine: Q & A with Paul Stankard

>The May issue of Glass Line magazine has an article by legendary flameworker Paul Stankard, where Paul had sought questions from other lampworkers and the article creates the feeling of a casual discussion with one of the glass greats. Below is a short excerpt from the article:

Sharing a Journey: Questions and Answers - by Paul Stankard –
Over the last two years, I’ve met a large number of borosilicate flameworkers making everything from jewelry to glass pipes who are yearning to do significant creative work and explore new boundaries. They have a strong commitment to the independent lifestyle as studio artists and many make their livings through their highly developed skills. They are not satisfied with staying in one creative place and have larger ambitions. I relate to their struggle to channel their technical abilities into something more significant by creating sculpture. What’s holding many of them back, however, is a lack of artistic maturity. Few of them went to art school, and they are often simply unaware of what is considered important work by the larger world of collectors, galleries, and museum curators.

What I’ve been promoting with these Glass Line articles is excellence, but the notion of “excellence” is defined by the community you belong to. You can be an excellent goblet-maker, an excellent paperweight-maker, an excellent beadmaker, and on and on. To be excellent in these tightly defined categories, you need to recognize what is masterwork and be familiar with the skilled artists and craftspeople advancing the tradition with whom you want to strive to compete. You then can take advantage of the respect you’ve achieved in these decorative-arts categories to catapult yourself into the greater glass community. By competing with the past and matching the category’s history, you’ll be at the front of your field.
Our resident torchwork artist, Robert Kincheloe is one of the artists that is featured in the article with Paul.

If you are a subscriber to the magazine, you can read the article online – click HERE.

Habatat Michigan Gallery Awards DC Artist

>Michigan’s Habatat Gallery – one of the oldest and largest glass galleries in the United States. Habatat just had their 38th International Glass Invitational where over 90 artists from 16 countries were showcased. This year, there was a competitive component – a distinguished jury of art critics, curators and directors of museums selected 25 artists for awards. Washington Glass School’s Tim Tate was one of the artists selected by juror Tim Close, Director of the Tacoma Museum of Glass. Tim’s artwork will be featured in a museum exhibition and a hard cover book as part of his prize. Congratulations Tim!

Time Tate


Artomatic Seeks Artwork for Parade Float

>The Artomatic organizers are collecting submissions** for an Artomatic parade float for the upcoming Washington Project for the Arts Art Parade - the WPArade.

Sign up by May 28th to submit an entry!

** Enter any 8×11″ size art submission to be added to Artomatic’s parade float. The WPArade is scheduled to take place June 5, 2010 at the Capitol Riverfront – near the Washington Nationals Baseball park on Half Street.

“The WPA Art Parade is an extravaganza of artists connecting with community to create a moving visual spectacle of art and culture. Visual artists, performers, architects, musicians, and visual arts organizations are invited to work independently, together, and in partnership with community organizations to create inflatable art, placards, portable sculpture and street performance.”

Click HERE for more info on the Artomatic float.

For more information – and to mix & mingle with fellow DC area artists – come visit Artomatic at Bistro Bistro for Happy Hour this Wednesday in Dupont Circle …

Artomatic Happy Hour
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
5pm – 7pm
Bistro Bistro
1727 Connecticut Ave, NW

CMOG New Glass Review 31

>Published by The Corning Museum of Glass (CMOG), New Glass Review is an annual survey of glass in contemporary art, architecture, craft, and design created in the previous year. The works are chosen by a changing jury of curators, artists, designers, art dealers, and critics, which, over the past 25 years, has included Dale Chihuly, Clement Greenberg, Stanislav Libenský, Richard Marquis, David McFadden, Yoriko Mizuta, Lois Moran , Jean-Luc Olivié , Tom Patti, Ginny Ruffner, Bertil Vallien, and Toots Zynsky. Museum jurors have included Thomas S. Buechner, the Museum’s founding director, and modern glass curators Susanne K. Frantz, Tina Oldknow, and William Warmus.

This year is the 31st annual review, and the jurors were Jon Clark, Professor, Tyler School of Art, Rosa Barovier Mentasti, independent art historian, curator, and critic, Zesty Meyers, artist and owner R 20th Century, and Tina Oldknow, the Corning Museum’s Curator of Modern Glass. The jurors selected 100 works from 888 international artists that sent over 2,500 images of work for the competition.

The Washington DC area is represented by some familiar names – the Washington Glass School’s Michael Janis; Washington Glass School alumni Jeff Zimmer, and Weisser Glass Studio’s Nancy Weisser.

The book of work is published in Germany and the copies have just arrived stateside. Congrats to the artists!

Michael Janis
Touching With A Lighter Hand
kilnformed glass, glass powder imagery
95 cm x 50 cm

Jeff Zimmer
1/1000th the Space Between Me and You (In a Deadrise)
layers of enamelled & sandlasted glass in glass lightbox
545 x 225 x 210 mm/21″ x 8.75 ” x 8.25″

Nancy Weisser
Broken Memories
assembled kilnformed glass
305cm x 762cm

Click Here for the New Glass Review 32 “Call for Entries”

9th Anniversary Open House


“Untitled” by Robert Kincheloe / photo by Anything Photographic
glass and steel 2010

Join the Washington Glass School as it celebrates its 9th Anniversary this coming Saturday with an Open House and Artwork Sale – art and craft from over 20 studio artists and instructors will be available.

Artists exhibiting include: Michael Janis, Tim Tate, Erwin Timmers, Syl Mathis, Robert Kincheloe, Jessica Beels, Nancy Donnelly, Sean Hennessey, Rania Hassan, Jennifer Lindstrom, David Pearcy, Anne Plant, Cheryl Derricotte, David Cook, Allegra Marquart, Chris Shea, Nancy Krondstat, Kirk Waldroff, Alison Sigethey, and more! Torchwork demonstrations, discounts on class registrations, music, food & fun!

The surrounding artist studios (Red Dirt Studio with Margaret Boozer, JJ McCracken; Flux Studios with Novie Trump, Laurel Lukaszewski; Sinel, Stewart, Weiss Studio; Bob Devers Studio; Nan Montgomery) will be participating in the huge event, along with the Gateway Arts District’s Mount Rainier Day events along Rhode Island Avenue.

Washington Glass School
9th Anniversary / Open Studio / Sale
3700 Otis Street, Mount Rainier, MD 20712
Noon til 6 pm, Saturday, May 15, 2010
Free and open to the public

Q: How Can I Get My Art Into the Hirshhorn? A: Via UPS


photo:Kriston Capps / DCist

F Lennox Campello of DCArtNews has often written of the Hirshhorn Museum‘s disdain for glass sculpture.
Said Lenny:
“A few years ago a former Hirshhorn Museum curator told me that the “Hirshhorn does not collect glass.” Replace the word glass with any other art medium and you see how nearsighted that statement was.”

Last night a novel way to get glass sculpture into the
museum happened:

A UPS delivery truck crashed into the side of the Hirshhorn Museum.

The truck was heading eastbound on Independence Avenue just before 9 p.m. when it swerved into oncoming traffic. The truck jumped the curb, hit a light pole and a concrete flower pot barricade before slamming into the glass exterior wall of the museum’s lobby. The truck came about a foot into the circular-shaped building and shattered a large glass window. No art was damaged. The driver suffered injuries such as bruises, cuts, and scrapes.

For more about the truck crash – click HERE.

Update on the real story @ the Hirshhorn – click HERE