In Glass – Secede to Succeed! American Craft Magazine on “GS”

The website of American Craft Council has a preview of the April/May issue of American Craft Magazine. Editor-in-Chief Monica Moses interviews Tim Tate about “Glass Secessionism” and how artists are exploring and advancing the medium – a sure must-read! Check out the preview video trailer on American Craft’s youtube website – at the 2:00 mark – works by some familiar artists are featured. Online March 17 – on the newsstands March 25th.

Michigan’s Habatat Galleries’ 42 International Glass Invitational Features WGS Artists


Michigan’s Habatat Galleries presents a grand opening of the oldest and largest glass exhibition in the United States. Over 400 works of contemporary glass art will be on display opening April 26th at 8:00 pm.


Tim Tate

Located in Royal Oak, Michigan at Habatat Galleries, 2014 marks the 42nd year of this monumental event. The 100 Artists who participate are from over 23 different countries. This exhibition inspired April as Michigan Glass Month which for over 25 years offers 30 or more glass events held throughout the State.


Sean Hennessey

Three artists from the Washington Glass School – Sean Hennessey, Michael Janis and Tim Tate – are featured in this year’s exhibit.

HABATAT GALLERIES 4400 Fernlee Ave., Royal Oak, Michigan 4807 Click here to jump to pdf of gallery invite. Email:

Michael Janis

American Craft Baltimore Opens Friday!



Feb. 21-23 @ Baltimore Convention Center

A three-day celebration of all things handmade! This is the American Craft Council’s flagship show – a must-attend for craft lovers. More than 650 artists from across the country gather under one roof! Touch, feel, and explore high-quality American craft like you’ve never seen before. If you are going – make sure you check out Novie Trump’s ceramics at Booth 3508!


Novie Trump “The Evolution of Flight” Ceramic with pewter glaze, slipcast porcelain egg


Friday, Feb. 21: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 22: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 23: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.


The Baltimore Convention Center is at One West Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD.


$16 one-day pass; $30 three-day pass; FREE for American Craft Council members and children 12 and under. Join the ACC and get in free!

Art Wynwood Features WGS Artists

Miami’s international contemporary art fair “Art Wynwood 2014″ will feature 70 international galleries presenting emerging, cutting edge, contemporary and modern works and will have its own distinct identity and design. Alida Anderson Art Projects will be featuring a number of artists from the Washington Glass School and adjacent  Flux Studios.


Tim Tate’s cast glass and video artwork at Alida Anderson Art Project.

Works by Tim Tate, Sean Hennessey, Audrey Wilson, Michael Enn Sirvet and Novie Trump can be seen at  Booth C-9.


Audrey Wilson’s mixed media sculpture


Sean Hennessey’s cast glass sculpture positively glows!

Stop on by and say hi! Art Wynwood fair opens Feb 13th and goes thru Monday, Feb 17th, 2014.


Michael Enn Sirvet’s sculpture of perforated powdercoated aluminium

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Novie Trump’s “Map of the Night Swallow”; Porcelain, Steel, Acrylic, Light

“Primary Colors” Opens @ Alexandria’s Del Ray Artisans

Betsy Mead’s “roll-up” vase

Opening with an artist reception on Friday, January 3, 2014 from 7-10pm is Primary Colors at Del Ray Artisans’ gallery in Alexandria, VA. This all area artist show kicks off the New Year with an artistic challenge to create artwork using only the three primary colors.
Curator and glass artist  Betsy Mead challenged Del Ray Artisans and all local-area artists to think outside the box in using basic red, yellow, and blue to create their compositions. The only restrictions were that artists must not tint or mix primary colors; they could use white and black to highlight, outline or lowlight objects in their compositions.

In conjunction with the Primary Colors exhibit, the non-profit artist group will feature the movie Primary Colors, a 1998 drama based on the novel Primary Colors: A Novel of Politics.
Opening Reception on Friday, January 3 from 7-10pm: Chat with the artists in the show and other art appreciators during the reception!
View the Show: January 3 – February 2, 2014 during gallery hours at Del Ray Artisans gallery at the Nicholas A. Colasanto Center, 2704 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria, Virginia 22301. 

Betsy Mead’s glass in a flat state.

As a side note – read about how artist Betsy Mead created the work featured as the show’s image in an earlier WGS post about what happens when fused glass is introduced to a hot shop! Click HERE to jump to “Roll-up your glass!”

John Henderson at DC’s "Community of Hope" Collection

John Henderson “Kadima” fused glass

Washington Glass School Resident Artist John Hendersonrecently had a glass artwork panel acquired by Community of Hope, a non-profit organization located in Washington D.C. For 33 years, Community of Hope has provided hope and stability to low-income and homeless adults and children in DC. This acquisition was facilitated by Fitzgerald Fine Arts, an art consulting firm headed by Lillian Fitzgerald.

John Henderson began his artistic studies at the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, at Harvard University. John’s artistic journey has taken him through printmaking, water colors, stained glass, metal sculpture, and finally kilnformed glass.

John Henderson

Said John about his glass artwork:“I use glass as my medium because of its translucency and reflective qualities…In working with glass, my focus is on shape, form, texture and color…I use many different materials mixed with glass, yet glass is the dominated focus in all its various applications and techniques.”

“In creating this visual transparency; abstracting images, symbols and text, my work invokes a spiritual awareness and connection to the past. My aesthetic philosophy is an exploration and extension of my cultural identity. I am reclaiming and reconciling the past, with the present, in order to move forward.”

The title of the triptych piece is “Kadima”. Kadima means “Forward” in Hebrew.  The medium is fused glass and each panel measures 8″x10″.

Congratulations John!

Jeff Zimmer Awarded 2014 Stephen Procter Fellowship

We are as proud as all get out to announce that WGS alum Jeff Zimmer has just been selected for the 2014 Stephen Procter Fellowship.
The Stephen Procter Fellowship is awarded to an International Artist. It includes a residency at The Australian National University School of Art Glass Workshop and travel funds.
Jeff has advised that he will spend 8 weeks Down Under, primarily in Canberra, but also plans on traveling around a bit, researching, making work and absorbing and sharing as much as he can. As part of the project he will connect with The Projected Image Heritage of Australia and New Zealand project at the University

Surprise! Jeff popped into the glass school for a visit this past January.

Previous recipients include: Mark Zirpel, Matt Szosz, Mel George, and Amber Cowan. Congratulations Jeff!