PhD In Glass at University of Sunderland

>Kevin Petrie, professor of Glass and Ceramics at the UK’s University of Sunderland will be coming to the Glass Art Society’s (GAS) Conference at Toledo to talk with people interested in studies in glass at the University. 

The University of Sunderlandhas the largest glass and ceramics department in Europe. It is also one of world’s best equipped studios for creative glassmaking. Specialist areas include: glass and print, waterjet cutting, and hot, kiln and architectural glass. (this past year, I was at Sunderland for my Fulbright Scholarship, and found everything about place to be incredible).


The University of Sunderland Glass Facility

The University of Sunderlandis based in the National Glass Centre, the center of excellence for glass in the UK, supporting the production and exhibition of contemporary glass within a research-rich learning environment. The Institute for International Research in Glass (IIRG) promotes and facilitates this research, developing the latest working methods and informing teaching at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. (The idea of a doctorate in glass is soo appealing to me!)

From the Sunderland student brochure:

Students will be taught by international award-winning staff, who are all recognized professional artists, designers, curators and writers. You will also be offered real-world opportunities, including the chance to show your work in public exhibitions, undertake internships, work on live commissions, and enter competitions – all of which will help you to build your career.

We are a supportive creative community and encourage our students to become nationally, and internationally, networked during their time on the course. Our students have been selected for distinguished exhibitions such as the British Glass Biennale, Bombay Sapphire Glass Prize and the European Glass Context. Many of our graduates become independent artists with their own studios. Others are successful educators. A substantial number of our students are professionals who undertake doctorates to reflect on their work, advance creative practice and contribute to knowledge in the field of glass art.

Interested in more info about studying glass in an incredible facility? Professor Petrie will be available for advisory interviews at GAS, Tech Display Booth #17

Sculptural Glass Tours at Artomatic

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Sean Hennessey leads a tour of Sculptural Glass at Washington, DC’s Artomatic Art Fair

The Washington DC Metro area has a robust sculptural glass community spearheaded by the Washington Glass School and DC Glassworks. Sean Hennessey, resident artist at the Washington Glass School will be giving tours showcasing select examples of the works coming from these studios, as well as works of other glass artists in the DC region.  


Date: Sundays thru June 17, 2012

Time: 3:00 – 4:00 pm

Location: Meet in Lobby of Artomatic @ 1851 S. Bell Street, Crystal City, VA, 22202 (one block from Yellow Line Metro – Crystal City stop)

Free to the Public

Art Extravaganza Artomatic 2012 Opens!

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Artomatic is a month-long art festival in the Washington, DC area that is “by artists, for everyone.” It is an unjuried arts show that  features 10 floors of art by more than 1,000 artists. The artists have taken over a building in Crystal City (right at the Crystal City metro stop – yellow line). The diversity of artwork and performances attract the broadest range of people, providing a forum to come together and illustrate the energy, vitality and strength of the arts in the community.

DC area artists take over 10 floors of Arlington, VA office building 
No matter what kind of creative events you like, you will find something for you at Artomatic – visual arts, music, performance, film, fashion, and more. There will be workshops, tours, art seminars and other events held there all month long. 

Artists have been working to transform the mundane into into an arts space that is choc-a-bloc with treats that require discovery.

No matter what kind of creative events you like, you will find something for you at Artomatic. Sean Hennessy’s mixed media artwork combines glass, concrete and LED  lighting. Sean is on Level 9
From the chaos of art – a moment of sublime.
Tim Tate and Pete Duvall’s video installation on  Level 10.
This (free to the public) show mandates that you visit more than once – there is simply too much to see and do in one visit. 

 Artomatic 2012

May 18 – June 23

1851 S Bell St.

Arlington, VA 22202

Smith Center Presents SOFAlab Acts of Translation

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SOFAlab: Acts of Translation 

-Opens Friday, May 18, 7-9pm 

Acts of Translation Between Art, Science, and Medicine

 As mentioned in earlier post – Smith Center for Healing and the Arts has been host for SOFAlab – “Science of Art Laboratory” - created to initiate the spark of communication and to look for commonalities that can bring out new understanding and develop new tools of interactions from both the sciences and arts. The collaborative project  created will be unveiled this coming Friday – at 7 pm. 
 
SOFAlab Panelists:
Caroline Wellbery, Medical Doctor, Associate Professor, Georgetown University, PhD in Comparative Literature

Erwin Timmers, Green Artist, MFA Design Arts and Architecture, Co-founder Washington Glass School

The panels intended to illuminate new ways of thinking by showcasing conversations that bridge the healing arts, environmental realities, neuro-sciences and collaborative networking in the creation of art; and conversely to examine effective new scientific and medical observations, answering questions about how art and science instruct and help one another in raising awareness about environmental responsibility in the area of health care.

Looking at the collaborative efforts of three teams of artists and scientists, the evening will unfold their various conversations and inquiries as they have worked together to explore new avenues of awareness.

The collaborative team led by Caroline Wellbery and Erwin Timmers considered medical waste and its environmental impact. By looking at areas of concern that mutually affect artists and healers, they have developed conversations and questions about how art and science instruct and help one another in raising awareness about environmental responsibility in the area of health care.

The panel is funded by George Mason University’s Center for Consciousness and Transformation and coordinated by Shanti Norris, Smith Center for Healing and the Arts; Paul So, Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study at George Mason University; Helen Frederick, School of Art, George Mason University; and Hamiltonian Gallery. Interns Alex Giller, Aaron Van Andel, Scott Jemielity and Erwin Thamm assisted the program in 2011-12.

Opens Friday, May 18, 7-9pm 

SMITH CENTER FOR HEALING AND THE ARTS : community. creativity. cancer support.

1632 U Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009 

Erwin Timmers finishes up the mounting of the collaborative artwork that deals with issues of medical waste.

Finding Tin (Side) – A How To Guide

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Boyce Lundstrom – one of the co-founders of the Bullseye Glass company and fused glass leader – answers questions about vexing glass fusing issues on his website. Recently he posted on other ways to detect the tin side of float glass. As glass fusers know, the tin side of float is contaminated with tin during the float glass making process, and locating the tin side is useful for the artisan.

Boyce writes:

“The most accepted way to tell which side was floating on the tin is to use a short wave black light. A small device often referred to as a Tin Scope is available and costs approximately $55. When the black light is placed against the glass, the tin side will appear cloudy. (Mark that side with a permanent marker.)”

M L Duffy checks for tin side as he creates the cast glass for Safeway supermaket’s Bethesda public artwork.
“Another way to test is with cutting and firing. First mark one side of your glass with a line made with a permanent marker. Cut off a strip of the glass that has the marker line and fire the strip to 1450º. The tin side will not devit or haze. The side without the tin will haze, or get a satin finish. Match up your tests and mark the larger glass as to the tin side for later identification. The cost will be about $.50 for the firing in any 120 volt kiln.”

“This feels like float…”
Boyce continued - “I recently tried a third method of discerning the tin side of Float glass with my students at a workshop in Kansas City. I explained how Float glass was made, and then I asked them to identify the tin side by using only the sense of touch. They were encouraged to feel the two previously cleaned sides of the Float glass with their fingers and discern a slight difference in the surface texture. Without further instruction or explanation, every one of the students was able to tell me which side of their glass sample had the tin finish. One side was smooth but the other side is “smoother.” The less smooth side is the tin side. The cost is “0.” Trust yourself!”


Interesting premise – I have not tried it yet. I am sure that I will feel the cut side of the float glass.

Ow.
Click HERE to jump to Boyce Lundstrom’s Q & A section of his website.

DC Artists: DCCAH Announces 2013 Grant Programs

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The DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities offers several funding programs for individuals and nonprofit organizations located in the District of Columbia. Individuals are not required to provide matching funds. Organizations are only required to provide matching funds as indicated

Commission staff conducts general workshops where participants learn useful information about the Commission and the steps to take to submit a grant application. At these workshops, staff and applicants discuss each grant-making opportunity. Workshop dates, times and locations are subject to change.

For more info – click HERE to jump to the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities online Grants page.

Collector Tour Hits Washington Glass School

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Artist/Author Lenny Campello (R) joins the tour group.
Lenny Campello’s book about the Washington, DC arts scene – 100 Artists of Washington, DC has generated much press. An Art Forum tour group from Santa Cruz, CA, included the Washington Glass School as part of its DC arts tour.

Erwin Timmers talks about how he recycles glass into his sculptural forms.

 The tour continued to Flux Studios and to Red Dirt Studios and off to Georgetown later.

Tim Tate entertains with stories of how he makes his videos.
Until I started talking of how to do frit powder drawing, the audience was captivated.

 The tour continued to Flux Studios and to Red Dirt Studios and off to Georgetown later.

Erwin Timmers Glass Artwork @ 30th Smithsonian Craft Show

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Among the 121 artists on display this weekend at the 30th annual Smithsonian Craft Show, Erwin Timmers’ glass artwork made from recycled glass sparkle like gemstones.

Erwin (also known as the “KING of Recycling”) uses glass diverted from the waste stream as his main source of raw material for his creations. Environmental integrity may be the inspiration of his work, but the result is pure beauty. Erwin has said that his work looks to bring out the unseen qualities that are often overlooked.

Make sure you stop in at the KING of Recycling’s space at the Smithsonian Craft Show held at the National Building in Washington, DC.

Smithsonian Craft Show
April 19 – 22, 2012
Erwin Timmers – Space 503
National Building Museum
(Judiciary Sq. Metro – Red Line)
401 F Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001

Chrysler Museum of Art Glass Studio Workshop

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Christina Bothwell “Clockwork”

The Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, VA is offering an exciting new dynamic duo – everybody’s favorite ceramic/glass artist Christina Bothwell and our own Professor Pangloss (Panglass?) Tim Tate. The five day workshop runs from May 30 thru June 3.

Tim Tate “Dreams of Flying”


from the Chrysler Museum Glass Studio website:


Take advantage of a rare opportunity to learn from two working studio artists that have much to share. Discover the techniques and influences behind the works of Christina Bothwell and Tim Tate, both former winners of the Virginia A. Groot Foundation Award for Sculpture. Bothwell’s work often combines clay and lost wax casting in a figural narrative, while Tate’s art focuses heavily on mixed-media electronics and lost wax casting. Demos will include lost wax casting, open face molds, and casting voids in artwork. Students, whether beginners or experienced glass artists, will have time to work in the Studio, but will benefit most from the group discussions of each student’s work and how to advance to another level in expressing their creativity in glass.


Click HERE to jump to the Chrysler Museum’s site for more info about their workshops.

Wendy Rosen Wins US House Dem Primary!

>Congrats to Wendy Rosen As She Wins US House Democrat Nomination for Maryland’s 1st District!

Wendy Rosen at the Washington Glass School with a tour group from the World Craft Council in 2011. The North American branch of the World Crafts Council (WCCNA) along with its counterparts in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America sent representatives here to participate in the business seminars held as part of the Buyers Market of American Craft that was held at Baltimore’s Convention Center in 2011.


In a tight primary race, US House candidate Wendy Rosen led
opponent John LaFerla by 82 votes out of more than 25,000 cast after state election officials had counted most of the absentee and provisional ballots. The district includes portions of Baltimore, Carroll and Harford counties as well as Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

Wendy Rosen advocates the “Made in America” movement. For 30 years she has advocated American Made products. Through her company, The Rosen Group, and The American Made Alliance, her writings, interviews and workshops have fueled consumer interest and political awareness of American-made products.

Wendy Rosen’s company, The Rosen Group was founded in 1981 and provides American artisans and producers with guidance in starting and growing their micro-enterprise businesses from a local to a national and international marketplace. Each year The Rosen Group produces the only trade show in the country devoted to American Made products, The Buyer’s Market.

The Arts Business Institute was founded by Wendy in 2004. ABI’s mission is to partner with guilds, vocational schools and university art programs to educate artists about sustainable and practical business practices for creative entrepreneurs. More than 6,000 artists have been trained in dozens of workshops throughout the US and Canada.

Wendy is the publisher of AmericanStyle magazine and Niche Magazine – that features fine craft, art festivals, gallery shows and museum events.

Way back in 2006, American Style Magazine writer Lee Lawrence wrote a fascinating article about the Washington Glass School artists – “Filling Glass With Meaning

Click HERE to jump to Lee Lawrence’s article.

Click HERE to jump to Baltimore Sun news article about the US House results.

Click Here to jump to Wendy Rosen for Congress site.