The Common Element exhibition preview

>artDC Gallery hosts the artists from the Washington Glass School and DC GlassWorks in a fantastic review of the styles and techniques of each educational institution. The artwork and sculptures in the show are amazing – here is a sneak peak:
one of Anne Plant’s fused window glass landscapes – ‘Blue Sky’
Joe Corcoran’s colorful ‘Give or Take’

One of Erwin Timmers cast recycled glass knots

Michael Janis’ sgraffitto ‘Dreaming of Salvation

Mixed media artist Sean Hennessey’s ‘The Path of the Boatman’

The opening reception is Saturday, August 15, 2009 4-6 pm

artDC Gallery / The Lustine Center
5710 Baltimore Avenue, Hyattsville, MD 20781

Washington Post article

The August 8, 2009 weekend edition of the Washington Post newspaper Real Estate section had an article on the Washington, DC suburb of Mount Rainier, MD.
Post writer Jim Brocker enthused about the area being “something special”, with the “bungalows, large lots and tree-lined streets” with mentions of the Washington Glass School as one of the arts centers located in the “artist’ haven”. Combined with a large color photo taken inside the glass school, showing Michael Janis coldworking a class project by UK artist Stephen Beardsell as proof of the specialness.

Photos by Jim Brocker / Washington Post

For the article in its entirety – click Here

Timmers at the Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts

>Erwin Timmers’ recycled glass sculptures to show at the Hoyt.

Juried by the senior curator of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Virginia Mecklenburg, two of Erwin Timmers’ cast glass sculptures were selected from the over 400 artworks submitted, and will be featured in the 2009 review of artwork by artists of the Mid Atlantic at the Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts.

The exhibit opens September 15 and runs through October 23, 2009. Opening Reception is Sept 20, from 2-4 pm

Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts Mid Atlantic Juried Exhibition 124 E Leasure Ave, New Castle, PA 16101

Xtreme Lava Lovers


Another joint class between Washington Glass School and sister school DC Glass Works : Xtreme Lava Lovers took place this weekend. The students took to glass like a fish to water!

Richard Aronowitz measures up his glass.

Cheryl Derricotte and David Cook work in the class.

Tina Lassiter develops her idea. Cheryl Derricotte, Dave Cook and instructor Nicole Puzan are seen working beyond.

Tim Tate featured on National Public Radio Monday


All Things Considered

Mon. August 3, 2009, 4:20 p.m. WAMU 88.5

Tim Tate talks about art & technology and his glass artwork in the ‘All Things Considered’ show this coming Monday, Aug 3rd – scheduled for airing around 4.20 pm (DC area broadcast time, check your local listings for air time).

Click HERE for link to NPR article
Click HERE for link to NPR blog

SALVAGE: Reclaiming Recycling


What We Leave Behind cast recycled glass, steel

Erwin Timmers

The Phillips Museum of Art selected our eco-artist Erwin Timmers’ recycled cast glass artwork for an innovative exhibit “SALVAGE: Reclaiming Recycling.” Works in the exhibit were chosen from a national call to artists.

With current emphasis on green initiatives, the exhibit, “comprising 100% used and found objects, will challenge people to rethink their relationships with ‘disposable’ objects,” said Christine Batta, one of the curators. “We want to challenge artists to reduce their carbon footprint, while making the public more aware of the different ways one can be more sustainable” added co-curator Nicole DeAugustine.

The exhibition opens on September 10 and will run through October 30, 2009 in the Rothman Gallery and the Sally Mather Gibson Curriculum Gallery at the Museum.

An artists’ reception and awards presentation will take place Saturday, Sept. 19 at 1 PM.

The Phillips Museum of Art

700 College Ave, Lancaster, PA 17603

Changes to Bullseye Glass Anneal Temperature

>Goodbye 960
Unless you’re living under a rock you already know that fused glass manufacturer, Bullseye, quietly announced that it is changing its standard annealing tables. The recommended anneal soak temperature drops to 900F from 960F.

According to Ted Sawyer, who runs BE’s research and education department, the closer you get to the strain point of soda-lime glass, the less time you need to spend in anneal soak. Stress in the glass relaxes more quickly at 900 than it does at 960.

Shorter anneals are advantageous for folk who make a living with glass art, since it means they spend less time in production with every piece. It could shave 200 hours off the schedule for an 8-inch thick kilncast piece. And if the glass is cooling over a shorter temperature range, the risk of breaking may be less.

Bullseye also emphasized (strongly) that there’s nothing wrong with the old schedules. They can still be used.

BE does not have all their new tables online, but here is their thick annealing schedule: Bullseye_annealing_thick_slabs

artDC call for entries: ZIP Code Show

> and Art Outlet are partnering with Halstead Arlington, a luxury apartment community in South Arlington, and the Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization, to present The ZIP Code Show, an event featuring artists and their relationships with their surroundings. The show will be held at Halstead Arlington, 1028 South Walter Reed Drive, Arlington, VA, 5:30 pm – 12:00 am, August 29 and September 5, 2009.

For the show, artists were asked to use ZIP codes and other postal code schema as a jumping off point for personal dialogues with the physical, biological, and cultural features of the earth. A team from Art Outlet and is curating their ideas and strategies into an polyvalent exploration of artists’ personal geographies, which range from the private sanctuaries of home to public memories and actions.Artists will be on hand to talk about their pieces at the show’s two evenings, which will include indoor and sidewalk live art and performances, and yours-for-a-donation summer libations.
They are still accepting artist registrations for more info: