More Artomatic Glass Demonstrations

>DC GlassWorks and Sculpture Studios would like to invite you to an afternoon of glassblowing demonstrations by glass artists Roger Tye and Phil Vickery. Roger and Phil are extremely accomplished glass makers and they have offered to demonstrate their work with the students, instructors, and friends of DC GlassWorks and the Washington Glass School. Roger and Phil are two of the 37 creative businesses heading to Washington DC from Sunderland England, to take part in the five-week Artomatic Exhibition.

This event is free and begins at 1:30 pm on Saturday, May 30, 2009. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to by May 26th 2009. To learn more about Phil and Roger and to see samples of their work, please check out their websites:

DC GlassWorks and Sculpture Studios

5346 46th Avenue Hyattsville MD 20781 -2307


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Demos from visiting UK Glass Artists

>On Sunday, May 31st from 2 to 5pm the Washington Glass School will be hosting demonstrations of glass techniques from two artists from the National Glass Centre in Sunderland, England, Stephen Beardsell and Karin Walland. Stephen Beardsell “Lady in Poppy Field”.

Karin will show how to cast small objects in frozen glass powder (an alternative to the messy lost wax method). Karin holds a BA in Fine Art and an MA in Glass with distinction. She often incorporates recycled glass creating pieces from jewellery pendants to large sculptural installations expressing fragility, loss, brokenness, death and new life in both nature and human experience.

Karin Wallend “Washed Up At The End of The Day”, “Broken Arch”

Stephen graduated from Sunderland University with a Batchelor of Art degree in Glass and Ceramics, and later achieved a Master of Art Degree in Glass.
Currently he works in the glass department at the University of Sunderland and also in the National Glass Centre. Stephen will be showing and describing his method of creating great depth with frit casting and inclusions. Stephen Beardsell “Poppy Field group”.

This Seminar/demo is entirely FREE to anyone who cares to learn from these 2 talented UK artists! Please let us know if you plan to attend so we know how many to expect.

Sunderland Returns!


A Sister City to Washington, DC is Sunderland, in the UK. This city has a long history of glass making and has the UK’s National Center for Glass. One of the organizations that supports and networks their glass artists is the Cohesion Glass Network.

This group of artists had shown in Washington, DC in 2008 – as part of a groundbreaking joint city glass show called Glass 3,

with work by Toldeo, OH, Sunderland, UK and Washington, DC glass artists. Click here to see DCist review of the show.

Well- they’re baack – this time they have brought reinforcements. Glass makers, rock bands and artists are among 37 creative businesses heading to Washington DC, to take part in the five-week Artomatic Exhibition.

Artomatic has gone international! The 5 week arts events opens May 29th, encompassing all floors of a new building at 55 M Street, SE in Washington, DC.

For an article about the UK superstars like Phil Vickery and more information about Sunderland – click here

Artomatic 2009 – the process starts!

>Nicolas Timmers gives some scale to the area.

The site selection for the 2009 Art-o-Matic arts festival took place at 55 M Street SE, Washington, DC – right atop the Navy Yard Metro Stop. Interesting to be able to look out over the former site of the school – now under the outfield of the Nationals Baseball park.
Artomatic opens May 29, 2009.

View from the windows to the new National’s ballpark. Just beyond the red structure is where the Washington Glass School originally stood.