Upcoming Classes @ the Glass School

>Some great classes are coming up – old and new favorites!

Roll-up = Fused and blown glass

Up first is the Bullseye Roll-up. In this class you get to fuse and blow glass! This process allows the detail and care that you can get in a fused piece can be transferred to the hotshop and blown into a dimensional piece. If you are a fuser – a great introduction to the world of blown glass. If you are a blower – imaging the detail you can get!

Nancy Donnelly’s Green Eggs & Ham fused glass panel.

Blowing at DC Glassworks studio.

The finished work.

Class 1007 – The Great Bullseye Roll-up

If you’ve ever been interested in making your fused glass panels into blown vessels- then this is the class for you! Come experience one of the most exciting trends in glass – where you get the best of both worlds. One class will be spent fusing Bullseye Glass into a panel at the Washington Glass School. The next class will be held at DC GlassWorks where you will help blow the glass into a vase, or bowl, or even go more sculptural! This class is for all experience levels, both fusers and blowers who want to see their imagery in blown glass.

Instructors: Dave D’Orio & Michael Janis

Dates: Saturday, February 27 & March 6, 1:30 to 5:00 pm each day

Tuition: $350

Also coming up everyone’s favorite way to work with photos – emulsion transfer! This fun class gets the photographer in you working! Your photo images (taken during class or from your slides) are transferred via polaroid-style film to glass, paper, whatever. A great way to get imagery in your art!

Class 1008 – Photographic Image Transfers On Glass

The photo-emulsion transfer process did not die with Polaroid. Learn how to make your images, manipulate them and put them onto almost any surface using Fuji‘s instant print film. Instructors Alison and Pete Duval will show you several tips and tecniques so you can get the most from your images. This will be a hands-on workshop, so com prepared to get your hands dirty All materials will be supplied by the instructors – but students are encouraged to bring their own slides and any materials they would like to transfer images to. There is a $20 lab fee for supplies to be paid to the instructors on the day of the workshop.

Instructors: Pete & Alison Duvall

Dates: Sunday, February 28, 1:00 to 4:00 pm

Tuition: $150 (+ $20 lab fee)

and – don’t forget:

Class 1009 – Introduction to Rubber Mold Making

In this weekend class you will tackle the basics of making rubber molds. These molds can be used for the production of parts that can be dupicated in wax – the first step in the Lost Wax Process for casting glass, bronze or aluminum. (Hint: Debra’s amazing Lost Wax Casting class will be offered next semester – plan ahead!) Students will bring in their own pieces to review and explore mold production, undercuts, multipart mold-making, and casting of wax. Students will learn about a variety of materials and which to use in different situations. Students will be asked to bring a minimum of 3 small objects (not more than 1.5″ in any direction).

Instructor: Debra Ruzinsky

Dates: Sat/Sun, March 6 & 7, 9:30am to 1:30 pm

Tuition: $300

Imagery In Glass Class


Instructor Michael Janis explains how imagery can be fused into glass.

Class 1005 – Imagery in Glass was alot of fun this weekend, a great way to celebrate the end of the blizzard weather the DC metro area has been suffering thru. The class dove right in learning how to use glass frit powder, high temperature enamels, stencils, glass paints and fused glass photo-imagery.

Michael Janis outlines the sgraffito technique

Michael is assisted by artists Chris Shea and Dave Pearcy.

Hands on practice is the best way to learn any new process.

all photos by Tracy Lee

Blizzard of 2010 Shuts Glass School


Snowpocalypse! Snowmageddon! Snowgasm! Whatever you call this record breaking snow dump, it spells yet another day of heavy snow and blizzards in the capital of the free world as Washington, DC comes to a standstill. Congress and federal government offices are closed as is the Washington Glass School.

The weight of the snow is bringing down trees all over. DC’s department of transport is telling drivers to stay off the roads except for emergencies. Washington just broke its record of 54.4 inches of snow for a season (138.2 centimetres), set way back in 1898-99.

A Farewell to Butterstick


Bling-Bling, the panda made of glass Photo by Anything Photographic

The giant panda Tai Shan was sent off to China from the National Zoo here in Washington, DC.
Our good-byes include the memories of the Washington’s DC Commission on the Arts public art project: Pandamania .
The Washington Glass School’s entry was Bling-Bling – a glass covered panda. Glass school students and resident artists cast unusual elements for the artwork, including a cub scout cap, a mouse whispering into the ear, a heart tattoo, a fish, and faces are among the over 7,000 pieces of recycled glass.

l-r Lisa Frieda, Justine Light and Kay Janis work on the panda.

The panda is ready to roll to its location in front of the Corcoran Gallery of Art.

Erwin Timmers & Kerri Sheehan celebrate the panda’s delivery.

Covered in cast recycled float glass and sporting dichroic glass jewelry.

The Capitol Hill newspaper Voice of the Hill called the panda a “dazzling concoction of shimmering glass”

Bling-Bling situated at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, 2004
photo: Anything Photographic

WPA "Cream" Exhibition Features DC GlassWorks Artists


Megan Van Wagoner, Comforts of Home: Potatoes, 2010
Blown Glass, White clay | 12″ x 12″ x 8″

Washington Project for the Arts (WPA)’s opening of its newest exhibition, Cream, is this weekend, and the show runs January 30 – March 6, 2010, at the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center.

This annual exhibition features works by more than 110 local and national artists selected by an esteemed group of eight top curators including scholars, museum directors, practitioners and collectors.

All works are on view until the WPA Annual Art Auction Gala, which will take place March 6, 2010, during which the exhibited works are available to the highest bidders. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, January 30, 2010 from 6-9pm, along with a talk by the curators on Thursday, February 25, 2010, 6:30-9:30pm, both at the Katzen Arts Center, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW, WDC.

The 29th iteration of this exhibition highlights some of the region’s most talented artists, presenting a broad range of media and styles of both new and emerging artists as well as more established career artists.

Cream is a notable survey of contemporary art in the region and beyond, with selected works representing the cream of the crop and the talent of the artists included that rose above thousands of others viewed during the curatorial process.

“We are tremendously pleased with the participating curators and their art selections – the work is fresh and exciting, and there are artists with long-standing ties to WPA as well as new names that the curators are introducing to the public,” said Lisa Gold, WPA’s Executive Director.

Four artists (
David D’Orio, Joseph Corcoran, Steven Jones, and Megan Van Wagoner) of DC GlassWorks created special glass sculptures for the Art Auction Gala. These pieces will be featured in the museum exhibition and on the dining tables during the auction event, and are available for bid. Click HERE to see the WPA link on these works.

Joseph Corcoran, Direction, 2010
Glass and steel | 24″ x 14″

Steven Jones, Dialogues IV, 2009
Bronze, Glass, Steel, Aluminum | 18″ x 8″ x 6″

Dave D’Orio, Organ Model: B12.A6.Y6, 2010
Glass, steel | 30″ x 30″ x 24″

photography by Anything Photographic

Washington Glass Seeks Studio Coordinator


Studio Coordinator Position Open

The Washington Glass School has an immediate opening for a Studio Coordinator in its Mount Rainier, MD location. Founded 8 years ago, this is one of the busiest studios on the east coast. We are not only an educational venue, but we are the home of many successful independent artists as well. We also work heavily with large scale public art projects.

The successful candidate will have many of the following traits:

  • Extremely organized and punctual
  • Ability to move from one project to the next very quickly
  • Be a self starter and able to work independently
  • Skills in sculpting clay would be helpful…..as well as skills in computer work, administrative paper work, warm glass, shipping and delivery
  • Comfortable with people and able to possibly teach classes in future.

Duties will include:

  • Daily studio clean-ups
  • Working with plaster, lost wax, warm glass
  • Installing sculptural work
  • Assisting/coordination or taking over some classes

  • Coordinating kiln use and kiln schedules
  • Review studio material use

  • 100 things that might come up….and do.

What we offer:

  • To learn numerous methods of relating to glass and sculpture (all classes are free to you)
  • Free studio space to work on your warm glass
  • $10 an hour to start
  • The ability to see how a very successful sculpture studio operates.
  • Many gallery and show opportunities.
  • The ability to become part of a much larger community
  • Mentoring for your career as an artist.

This is a great opportunity for someone who would like to further their sculpture or glass career……and to join one of the most successful teams in the region. Please email Tim Tate at TimTateGlass@aol.com .

Washington Glass School

3700 Otis St.

Mt. Rainier, Md. 20712


Petrovic / Russell-Pool Artwork Available


Marc Petrovic and Kari Russell-Pool honored at the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery in Washington, DC.

The James Renwick Alliance “Distinguished Artists” series featured Marc Petrovic and Kari Russell -Pool, with a presentation of the two artists at the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery this past week. As part of the event, artwork by Marc and Kari were on exhibit. Mark and Kari will be offering one of their works to be included in the upcoming James Renwick Alliance auction that will be part of DC Craft Week this April 20-25.

Exhibit of Petrovic and Russell-Pool in the glass gallery.

Some of the Marc Petrovic’s fantastic work that was on exhibit at the glass gallery is available for purchase:

Marc Petrovic
Blown Glass
$ 5,000

Source Of Her Fears
Marc Petrovic
Blown and Etched Glass

Source Of Her Fears (detail)
Marc Petrovic
Blown and Etched Glass

If interested, contact the Washington Glass School
Gallery – (202) 744.8222

Kari Russell-Pool & Marc Petrovic Demos


The James Renwick Alliance hosted the demo at DC Glassworks.

The dynamic duo that is Kari Russell-Pool and Marc Petrovic worked their magic this past weekend, giving demonstrations of their intensely beautiful glass techniques, and illustrated how the two artists work with and inspire each other.
Performing the demos at DC GlassWorks, and talking at the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery, the husband and wife artists are the Nick and Nora of glass.

Marc dazzled the audience with his incredibly detailed and stunning blowing abilities, creating a life sized striped bass that seemed to be stopped in midair leap and one of his famous birds.

Catching the fish with fireproof gear.

Kari made a number of her delicate lampworked flowers and showed how she creates the lace-like forms in glass.

Marc watches Kari assemble a flower.

A big thank you to the JRA for organizing the talk and show, and to DC GlassWorks for hosting the demos.

Images from Miami International Art Fair 2010


Alida Anderson Art /Projects Gallery space at MIA 2010

Opening on January 06, 2010, the Miami International Art fair (MIA) and a number of Washington Glass School artist were featured and did exceptionally well. The art fair, held at the Miami Convention Center, showcased the WGS artists in “The Next Generation Pavilion” a curated section of young artists who are emerging on the global arts scene. The invitational pavilion showcases artists exploring art and culture using a wide range of innovative media including electronic installations, video, light and sound as well as more traditional materials. Represented by Alida Anderson Art and Projects Gallery, each of the WGS artists had tremendous interest and sales!

Here are some images of the pavilion:

Tim Tate’s electronic and glass artworks generated both sales and museum interest.

Tim Tates videos contained within his reliquaries were also projected on the wall – this one stars WGS artist Kirk Waldroff - whose cast glass prints are showing at NOVA’s Waddell Art Gallery.

Anne Plant’s layered landscapes sold out – Well done Anne!