Penland School of Craft Auction Features Michael Janis’ “Flying In Place”

Michael Janis, "Flying in Place", fused glass powder imagery, steel, silver

Michael Janis, “Flying in Place”, fused glass powder imagery, steel, silver, 24″ x 7″

With less than one month to go until the 2015 Penland Benefit Auction, Penland, the national center for craft education located in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains featured Washington Glass School co-director Michael Janis and his artwork “Flying in Place”. Below, Michael Rogers, Professor of Imaging Arts and Sciences at Rochester Institute of Technology, describes Michael’s work and his process. “Flying in Place” and many other works of glass will be up for bidding at the 30th anniversary of the Penland Benefit Auction this summer. You can now view all of these works online in the 2015 auction catalog.

“Michael Janis is an exceptional visual artist, an innovator, and a master of the technique of fusing with glass powder-essentially ‘painting with glass on glass.’ It takes years of trial and error for an artist to achieve fluency in an area of artistic endeavor where one must charter unknown territory to make discoveries unique to themselves. Through skill, vision, tenacity, and dedication, Michael has created a strong and clear voice with the material that is truly his own. Certainly painters would envy Michael’s ability to orchestrate translucency, opacity, and transparency in tandem with chromatic diversity to achieve depth in the two-dimensional plane. However, Michael is much more than technically adept.

Michael Janis, "Flying in Place",glass, glass powder imagery, silver, steel, 24"dia x 7"

Michael Janis, “Flying in Place”,glass, glass powder imagery, silver, steel, 24″dia x 7″ The frit powder imagery is presented as distorted in the front-on viewing, and the distorted image is viewed un-distorted in the reflection of the silvered glass cylinder.

“After all, Michael is a storyteller, an artist who draws simultaneously upon the past, present, and future to develop the content of his work. Through memory, awareness, and intuitiveness, one could say Michael evokes meaning in his work. With Flying in Place, we are presented with a stunningly beautiful and fascinating piece of poetic narrative. Metaphorically rich in associations, this work preserves its mystery while engaging the viewer’s curiosity. In the end, Michael’s intense ability with material and technique allows him to transcend these aspects of making to communicate his intention directly. Michael’s genius is in suspending reality and creating an illusion one can get lost in. In this way, he captivates the viewer.

“When I see this work by Michael Janis I think that here is a mature artist, an artist at the top of his game.” – Michael Rogers

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Report From Glass Art Society Conference in Toledo

>Professor Tate has returned from the Toledo GAS Conference – loving all the events and talks. Said Tim about the conference “absolutely magnificent! ”  ”[Outgoing GAS President] Jeremy Lepisto’s gang did a spectacular job! and Laura Donefer’s fashion show blew me away. Such wonderful memories; so many new friends…..can’t wait till the conference next year in Boston focusing on the next 50 years!” Below are some photos taken while at the conference.

Marc Petrovic demos at GAS.
RIT’s University Glass Program head Michael Rogers.
Mark Angus – the UK Glass stained glass artist – whose work “Daily Bread” was admired by the Fulbrighters while visiting Durham Cathedral in the UK.
Artist Stephen Paul Day shares a drink with Erwin Eisch – one of the Studio Glass pioneers .
Semrin Kormaz – a student from Tim & Michael’s class in Istanbul’s Glass Furnace workshop catches up with Tim.
Artist Herb Babcock chats with Vanessa Cutler.
Tim Tate and Michael Janis’ work on “Images” exhibit at Walter Terhune Gallery.
Marc Petrovic artwork at Images show.
The end of the conference was highlighted by the Glass Fashion show led by Laura Donefer. Next year, the show is scheduled to take place in Boston, MA. Start planning now!

Susan Taylor Glasgow’s glass undergarments were the hit of the fashion show. (nb – the model is not Susan) 
The model here, however, IS Laura Donefer.