Debra Ruzinsky Lecture On Kiln Casting Techniques

Debra Ruzinsky talks about the glass work of David Reekie.

Debra Ruzinsky talks about the glass work of David Reekie.

Debra Ruzinsky presented a lecture this weekend at the Washington Glass School on the topic of kiln casting. In her history of studying and teaching around the world gave her heaps of images of world famous glass artists process’ and how they approach mold making, and kiln set-up. 

Deb went into detail of how the molds and intricate details were formed and about long annealing schedules.

Deb went into detail of how the molds and intricate details were formed and about long annealing schedules.

The class loved the opportunity to get the knowledge of the various techniques, and stayed after to chat. Debra’s background in glass and her personal history in art provided a fascinating topic for the after-talk… some of these shocking revelations will be part of some future posts!


WGS Glass Lecture “Kiln Casters – A Close Look At The Methods Behind the Madness”

With the success of Debra Ruzinsky’s lecture this past October on the Untold History of Studio Glass – This Saturday, May 31st, is the next installment of glass knowledge!

Free Lecture – Kiln Casters: A Close Look at the Methods Behind the Madness! (Class 1701)

An exploration of the symbiotic relationship between technique and conceptual thinking as seen through the work of contemporary glass casters.  Slide discussion of artists who focus on cast glass, with an inside look into the techniques they’ve developed to produce their work. The talk will be presented with lots of images and there will be time for discussions.

Speaker: Debra Ruzinsky. Deb received her BA in Design from the University of California at Los Angeles, and her MFA in Glass Sculpture from RIT. She has been working in glass since 1982. She serves on the publications committee of the Glass Art Society, and was Visiting Asst. Professor of Glass at RIT for the 2008-2009 academic calendar year, and has been a visiting lecturer to the Virginia Commonwealth University’s Glass Program. Her work is part of the collection of the Seto City Museum in Seto, Japan, and the Glasmuseet Ebeltoft in Denmark, as well as the RIT Wallace Library Collection.

Saturday, May 31st, from 11am to 12 noon

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Tim Tate Lecture Series:: Critical Contacts: Significant Encounters and their Impact

Tim Tate, founder and co-director of the Washington Glass School, is a world renowned glass sculptor and video artist, will speak on the theme “Critical Contacts: Significant Encounters and their Impact” this Thursday, at 4 PM, in the auditorium (CF 101) on the ground floor of the MC Cafritz Foundation Arts Center in Silver Spring (930 King Street, off Georgia Avenue). 

The lecture, sponsored by the MC Arts Institute, will explore Mr. Tate’s remarkable career and the various intersections that have pushed it forward.  His work is in museum collections, and has been widely reviewed and published.  Earlier this year he had a solo exhibition of video pieces at the Katzen Museum at American University.   He has carried out major commissions in the DC metro area, such as the recently completed glass doors for the Library of Congress, as well as elsewhere in the world.  A congenial and engaging speaker, the lecture is sure to be of interest to anyone working in the arts area.

 Claudia Rousseau, Ph. D. 

Professor, Art History, School of Art + Design at Montgomery College

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What: Lecture Critical Contacts: Significant Encounters and their Impact

Where: MC Cafritz Foundation Arts Center 930 King Street Silver Spring Maryland

When: Thursday November 7th, 2013 4:00 PM

Washington Sculptors Group Lecture "The Changing Contemporary Art World"

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Talk with Tim Tate: Artist’s Covenants and Social Media
on Wednesday, February 1, 2012 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Limited to 35 participants, R.S.V.P. to

The Washington Sculptors Group presents an informal interactive seminar/discussion with participants interested in new ways to market their art in the 21st century. Tim Tate, a sculptor extraordinaire and Fulbright Scholar, will share a wealth of his experience in building one’s name, market and career within the contemporary art world. Filled with real life examples and possibilities, this workshop may change the way participants see themselves as artists.

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