Pate De Verre Class Fun!

This weekend’s pâte de verre class was a great success! 

Instructor Teri Bailey demonstrates how to apply color frit powder into specific areas for the class.

Instructor Teri Bailey demonstrates how to apply color frit powder into specific areas for the class.

Pâte de verre is a kilncasting method that literally means “paste of glass”. The general premise is to mix frit granules with some sort of binder such as gum arabic, then apply the glass to the inner surface of a negative mold.

Teri Bailey demonstrates proper frit application.

Teri Bailey demonstrates proper frit application.

The Pâte de verre students made plaster molds in which they would cast the glass.

The Pâte de verre students made plaster molds in which they would cast the glass.

Lively discussion on ways to kilncast glass sculpture was explored by the class.

Lively discussion on ways to kilncast glass sculpture was explored by the class.The students all loved the process and can't wait til the firings are out of the kilns. The students all loved the process and can’t wait til the firings are out of the kilns.

 

The Process: Public Art 900 Thayer in Silver Spring, MD – “Social Fabric”

Public art can strengthen social bonds, especially for culturally diverse neighborhoods.

Corner installation of "Social Fabric" public art at Fenton Apartments in Silver Spring, MD.

Corner installation of “Social Fabric” public art at Fenton Apartments in Silver Spring, MD.

Washington Glass Studio recently completed a public art project in Silver Spring, MD, for a new mixed use development at 900 Thayer Ave

The original 2005 design concept - cast glass panels helped define the architectural entrance to the development.

The original 2005 design concept – cast glass panels helped define the architectural entrance to the “Adele” development.

Washington Glass Studio began creating artwork options for developments on the site, starting in 2005, when the site first was being developed as a residential development called “The Adele”. After a review and approval by Montgomery County Arts Council, the project languished as the real estate market changed.

In 2013, WGS Studio began working with the developers that purchased that project site, Redbrick LMD. Working with the design team, WGS artists were inspired by the rich mixture of ethnic groups in Silver Spring. Imagery and patterns that were based on the cultural fabric and textiles, as well as indigenous weaving and embroidery patterns for tapestries, wraps, blankets and garments.

Fabrics & textiles of the cultures that make up the Silver Spring neighborhoods was the inspiration of the new artwork design for 900 Thayer.

Fabrics & textiles of the cultures that make up the Silver Spring neighborhoods was the inspiration of the new artwork design for 900 Thayer.

 

Artwork on the corner column made up of backlit glass panels would be a colorful reference to the cultures, and add a bright pop of color on the site.

The corner location of the artwork would also frame out the proposed future planned arts development that would be up the road from 900 Thayer, and the Montgomery County Review committee was keen on having the artwork go further – asking if the artwork could be extended all along the ground level of the new development. Happily, Redbrick Developers agreed, and the scope of the artwork was extended along the entire street level and apartment outdoor spaces.

The corner column at 900 Thayer was to have an 11 foot high tower of backlit panels mounted to the surfaces.

The corner column at 900 Thayer was to have an 11 foot high tower of backlit panels mounted to the surfaces.

The project stalled in 2015. In 2017, Chesapeake Realty Partners joined with Redbrick Developer and the Housing Opportunities Commission of Montgomery County in moving forward with the property  proceeded with groundbreaking and construction of the development in June of 2018.

WGS Studio was contacted and engaged to fully develop the design. WGS revisited the idea of incorporating cultural textile and fabric patterns would encourage viewers to appreciate the colorful patterns enlivening the streetscape, as well as promoting a message of open-mindedness, promote tolerance and curiosity about other cultures.

The brightly colored hand-screened glass features patterns were artistically based on Ethiopian textiles, African mudcoths, Central American weavings, European folkloric fabric prints, intricate and colorful ancestral weaving designs from Asia, Native American blankets, and Colonial American quilt patterns. Using identity and culture as the main theme of the building’s public artwork, WGS sought to inspire self-reflection, human connection, and conversation.

Teri Bailey and Patricia De Poel Wilberg work on silkscreening the enamel patterns on glass, to be fired in the kilns after.

Teri Bailey and Patricia De Poel Wilberg work on silkscreening the enamel patterns on glass, to be fired in the kilns after.

The Washington Glass Studio team worked on the production of the glass artwork starting in early 2019. Large silkscreen panels were made to allow the patterns to be enameled and fired in the WGS kilns. WGS Co-Director Erwin Timmers worked on the LED design and integration of the glass artwork.

The enameled glass was fired to keep the high contrast color selections vibrant.

The enameled glass was fired to keep the high contrast color selections vibrant.

Over 60 18″ x 18″ panels were made – and were to be mounted in a variety of multi-panel arrangements.

The installation on site began in October of 2019, and as the building occupancy needed the artwork to be completed to allow for certification, a focused WGS team made short work of the outdoor artwork installation. 

Detail of one of the LED illuminated glass panels at 900 Thayer Ave.

Detail of one of the LED illuminated glass panels at 900 Thayer Ave.

WGS Co-Director Michael Janis is a vision in orange as he preps the LED mounts for the glass.

WGS Co-Director Michael Janis is a vision in orange as he preps the LED mounts for the glass.

WGS Co-Director Erwin Timmers sets the final glass artwork panels in the corner column at the 900 Thayer site.

WGS Co-Director Erwin Timmers sets the final glass artwork panels in the corner column at the 900 Thayer site.

The Fenton Apartment corner column artwork has a strong presence in the daytime, with the LED illumination.

The Fenton Apartment corner column artwork has a strong presence in the daytime, with the LED illumination.

Project Details
Location: 900 Thayer Avenue, Silver Spring MD, 20910
Washington Glass Studio Public Art Team: Michael Janis, Tim Tate, Erwin Timmers, Teri Bailey and Patricia De Poel Wilberg.

Report from Art Basel/Miami Art Fairs: Washington Glass School Crushes It!

The Art Basel/Miami Art Fairs presents artworks from across the globe.

The Art Basel/Miami Art Fairs presents artworks from across the globe.

Each December, Miami and Miami Beach becomes the epicenter of the art world with approximately 1200 art galleries from around the world showing thousands of artists in the Art Basel/Miami Art Week extravaganza.
Around 50,000 people visit the area for this incredible week, and they come from all parts of the world. It’s also a week of fashion with gala openings and celebrity studded events that fill the warm nights.
Perhaps due its inherent glitz and glamor, or the vibrancy, lux and drama of the medium, glass is SO much part of the fair. Maybe because its has a strong relationship to sand – in any case, Washington Glass School artists were showing at Art Miami this year in force! And there was a lot of glass to look at in the Miami Fairs. Said WGS Co-Director Tim Tate, ” It never ceases to amaze me how many blue-chip artists use glass in their artwork”. Tim Tate and William Warmus will together present a lecture on glass medium at the Miami Art fairs at the 2019 Glass Art Society conference to be held in St. Petersburg, FL in March.

Artists of Washington Glass School install at Art Miami/Context fair with Alida Anderson Art Projects Gallery.

Artists of Washington Glass School install at Art Miami/Context fair with Alida Anderson Art Projects Gallery.

Tim Tate's infinity mirror sculptures dominated Habatat Galleries space on the beach at Scope Miami.

Tim Tate’s infinity mirror sculptures dominated Habatat Galleries space on the beach at Scope Miami.

When it comes to Contemporary Art, the Art Miami is all about More, More, More. And that is what the Washington Glass School artists brought to the champagne-fueled cultural extravaganza.

Michael Janis was part of the Washington artists featured at Aldia Anderson Art Projects CONTEXT show.

Michael Janis was part of the stable of Washington, DC artists featured at Alida Anderson Art Projects CONTEXT show.

WGS Alum and Kent Stat MFA student Audrey Wilson dazzled the fair again this year with neon, plasma and cast glass sculptures.

WGS Alum and Kent Stat MFA student Audrey Wilson dazzled the fair again this year with neon, plasma and cast glass sculptures.

Laura Beth Konopinski's sculptures were at the center of the CONTEXT Miami fair.

Laura Beth Konopinski’s sculptures were at the center of the CONTEXT Miami fair.

Tim Tate's new endless mirror sculptures also were the draw at CONTEXT's Momentum Gallery space.

Tim Tate’s new endless mirror sculptures also were the draw at CONTEXT’s Momentum Gallery space.

The glass art drew aficionados of the medium - like Kari Rinn, Executice Director at North Carolina Glass Center and NYC's ubercollecter Susan Sanders.

The glass art drew aficionados of the medium – like Kari Rinn, Executice Director at North Carolina Glass Center and NYC’s ubercollecter Susan Sanders.

William Warmus, art critic, author and former curator of & Fellow of Corning Museum of Glass wrote about Michael Janis’ work “…Michael Janis showed stunning new work at Alida Anderson at Art Miami/Context. The large four part panel “Stasis in the Darkness” made an impact on two levels: from across the aisle, and close up in the quality of the details. Do not overlook the small kiln formed panels and the expert way he introduces and plays with subtle variations of thicknesses of the stacked layers of glass. They are “The Truth of Dreams.”

Michael Janis' new large scale glass sgraffito artwork debuted at Art Miami Context Art Fair.

Michael Janis’ new large scale glass sgraffito artwork debuted at Art Miami Context Art Fair.

New Imagine Museum Honors Tim Tate

This weekend, St Petersburg, Florida’s new Imagine Museumtim.tate.imagine.museum.glass.art.future opened, and artists Tim Tate, along with artists Rik Allen and Christina Bothwell received “Artists of the Future” awards. The museum awards were selected for artworks that had narrative content  dealing with spirituality. 

Like our Professor Tate – we are all tickled pink!!

Pittsburgh’s SCC’s “Mindful” Exhibit: Exploring Mental Health through Art

Michael Janis;"Echoes" detail; fused glass, glass powder imagery; 2015

Michael Janis; “Echoes” detail; fused glass, glass powder imagery; 2015. photo by AnythingPhotographic

To raise awareness and increase understanding of mental illness, The Society for Contemporary Craft (SCC) located in Pittsburgh, PA, will be mounting a “socially engaged art experience”  opening September 18th through March 12, 2016. 

The  traveling exhibition titled Mindful: Exploring Mental Health through Art is designed to break down societal stigmas and offers an opportunity to encounter and understand mental health through the lens of contemporary craft. Featuring more than 40 works created by 14 contemporary artists in the project’s main exhibition, and WGS artist Michael Janis’ glass artwork will be highlighted.

One in four adults lives with a mental health condition, yet this common illness often remains hidden behind a wall of secrecy and isolation. 

Presenting contemporary art in craft media by international, national and regional artists since 1971, the Society for Contemporary Craft offers cutting edge exhibitions focused on multicultural diversity and non-mainstream art. The SCC remains one of the nation’s only non-profit institutions focused on contemporary craft..

Learn more about the Mindful project by visiting the SCC website for the exhibit: www.exploremindfulart.com

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The Society of Contemporary Craft

Mindful: Exploring Mental Health through Art

2100 Smallman St, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

For more info:

info@contemporarycraft.org

or call 412.261.7003.

GlassWeekend @ WheatonArts

glass.weekend.wheatonarts.2015The Creative Glass Center of America at WheatonArts and the Art Alliance for Contemporary GlassGlass brings GlassWeekend, an International Symposium and  Exhibition of Contemporary Glass. Since 1985, GlassWeekend, a biennial event, has brought together the world’s leading glass artists, collectors, galleries, and museum curators for a three-day weekend of exhibitions, lectures, hands-on glassmaking, artists, demonstrations and social events.GlassWeekend is held at Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center, home of the Creative Glass Center of America and the Museum of American Glass. 

Tim Tate's artwork will be featured at Habatat Galleries exhibit at WheatonArts.

Tim Tate’s artwork will be featured at Habatat Galleries exhibit at WheatonArts. Tim will be moderator of a panel discussion: “Glass tells the Story : The Art of Collecting Narrative-Centered Glass in the 21st Century.” The panel will illustrate collections that focus on 21st century narrative work, but will also explore how 20th century glass and 21st century glass can be mixed in the same collection to the advantage of both styles. The collections of Fred and Susan Sanders and Fred and Sharon Schomer will be showcased. Curator William Warmus will also discuss collecting in the 21st century for museums and private collectors. Friday, June 12th @ 11:15am.

Internationally respected art galleries show the most current work of 200 professional artists working in glass making this event one of the most exciting and extensive presentations of museum quality glass vessels and sculpture ever assembled in one location. 

Allegra Marquart's glass artwork will be shown at Maurine Littleton Gallery.

Allegra Marquart’s glass artwork will be shown at Maurine Littleton Gallery.

Weekend registrants benefit from an extensive schedule of programming. The weekend begins with a preview reception of the gallery exhibition on Friday evening, continues with a reception in the Museum of American Glass and dinner on Saturday evening and culminates with a private demonstration on Sunday morning by the guest demonstrating artists. In between, participants have the option of attending slide presentations from the guest artists and CGCA Fellowship artists; panels and breakout sessions with contemporary glass artists, museum curators, gallery owners and collectors. 

Habatat Galleries will feature a number of Sean Hennessey's artworks.

Habatat Galleries will feature a number of Sean Hennessey’s artworks.

In addition to demonstrations by Guest Artists Amber Cowan and Luke Jerram, the Glass Studio will also host The Glass Yard: Object/not, an intensive studio event will include many of the artists exhibiting in the exhibit, Emanation: Art + Process.

GlassWeekend 2015
June 12, 13  14, 2015

 

Look for Michael Janis' new works at Littleton Gallery booth. 美国新艺术雕塑

Look for Michael Janis’ new works at Littleton Gallery booth.

World Class Gallery Exhibitions
Artist Demonstrations
Special Exhibitions
Lecture Series and Panel Discussions
Social Events

Click HERE to jump to GlassWeekend online info.

1000 Village Drive, Millville, NJ

In 1904 Carl Sandburg wrote, ”Down in southern New Jersey they make glass. By day and by night, the fires burn on in Millville.”

WheatonArts is a national cultural treasure. Located on 65 wooded acres in southern New Jersey, WheatonArts is home to the Museum of American Glass, the Creative Glass Center of America International Fellowship Program, the largest folklife program in the Garden State, a hot glass studio, several traditional craft studios, five museum stores, a 13,000 sq. ft. Event Center and a beautiful pond-side picnic grove – a true Pineland Sanctuary!

Jacksonville Center for the Arts “Rhythms of Glass”

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Rhythms of Glass opens May 30 and is on exhibit thru July 25, 2015.

Focusing solely on glass as a medium for creativity, “Rhythms of Glass” feature artists working in the style of stained, fused, cast, blown, and flame-worked glass within the Virginia or the National Capital region. Recognized as a Master Artist in the state of Virginia in 2009, Liz Mears is the curator of the show.

Opening reception on Saturday, May 30. 

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The Jacksonville Center for the Arts
220 Parkway Lane South, Suite 1
Floyd, VA 24091

Maurine Littleton Gallery : Body/Building Exhibit

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Michael Janis; “When She Was There”; kiln formed glass, glass powder imagery; 24 x 15 x 2″

Maurine Littleton Gallery presents BODY/BUILDING, an interdisciplinary exhibit of thought, architecture and art.

Featuring the work of Erwin Eisch, Nancy Genn, Sergei Isupov, Iliya Isopov, Michael Janis, Richard Jolley, Dorothy Simpson Krause, David Dodge Lewis, Stanislav Libensky, Colin Reid, Ginny Ruffner, Joe Sanders, Holis Sigler, James Tanner and Therman Statom, BODY/BUILDING investigates radically different subject matter approached with similar sensibilities. Exploring human and architectural forms through Vitreographs (prints made from glass plates), ceramics and glass sculpture, each artist conveys structure & relationships in literal, figurative and poetic terms.

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Sergei Isupov; “Monkey”

Plato opined that by defining a singular human archetype, it was possible to create environments that would be universally appealing and accessible to all. As our identities become more complex and our relationships with each other more interconnected, mankind still seeks to find a harmony where the body and space blurs. 

Alternately eloquent and visceral, BODY/BUILDING offers a collection of what most fascinates us: our bodies, our buildings and our relationships. The works contained within are inclined to represent just enough so that we, the viewer, are encouraged/obliged to imagine the rest: the rest of the building, the rest of the body, but most importantly, the rest of the story.

BODY/BUILDING

September 12 – October 17, 2014; Opening Reception: September 12, 2014, 5:30 – 7:30 PM

MAURINE LITTLETON GALLERY

1667 WISCONSIN AVENUE, NW / WASHINGTON, DC 20007