Class 4105- Intro to Dry Plaster Casting.

Come join us to learn the signature technique of The Washington Glass School, an alternative kiln casting method that delivers a remarkable level of detail. There is no experience required for this one day work shop. You’ll leave the course with bas relief castings of your own design!

Class 4106- Pick a Number

Let’s get creative with house numbers.  This your chance to give your home some new curb appeal.  4 evenings will give you plenty of time and inspiration to imagine, design and create this crucial accessory in glass and steel.  You will get intros in glass casting and MIG welding, but no prior experience is necessary.

2022 Virginia A. Groot Foundation Award

The Virginia A. Groot Foundation established the Virginia A. Groot Foundation Grant in 1988 so that a ceramic sculpture or sculpture artist may have the opportunity to devote a substantial period of time to the development of his or her work.

Eligibility: Each year the Virginia A. Groot Foundation offers grants to artists who have exceptional talent and demonstrated ability in ceramic sculpture or sculpture. Artists may be at any stage of career development, from emerging through mature. Applicants must be 21 years or older at the time of the application deadline. We welcome and encourage international applicants.

DEADLINE: February 1, 2022

AWARD INFO: Three grants (up to $50,000, $20,000, $10,000)

FEE: $5

WHO: Artists working in ceramic sculpture or sculpture. Artists may be at any stage of career development, from emerging through mature. Applicants must be 21 years or older at the time of the application deadline and not currently enrolled as a student.

Click HERE to jump to online application.

AACG Honors Tim Tate

On October 29, at 1 PM Eastern time, all are invited to honor – Washington Glass School Co-Founder and Co-Director Tim Tate as the Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass Honors Award recipient for his outstanding accomplishments in the field of contemporary glass art. Join AACG live on their YouTube Channel – https://www.youtube.com/c/ArtAllianceforContemporaryGlass

(FYI- the live event starts at 1 pm- and won’t show until that time- just wait if you arrive early!) 😉

From the AACG website:

The Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass 2021 honoree is Tim Tate who is being recognized by AACG as an individual of outstanding accomplishment in the field of contemporary glass art whose contributions have been significant and important in the field. Tim will be honored, both for his groundbreaking artwork and for his activism, speaking through his art about various social issues. This program is open to the public through live streaming on the Art Alliance YouTube channel.

Juneteenth

On Wednesday, Congress overwhelmingly voted to establish Juneteenth National Independence Day as a legal public holiday. Juneteenth is the first federal holiday to be established since Martin Luther King Jr. Day in 1983.

On June 19, 1865, Black Texans in Galveston, still living in slave conditions, finally learned that Abraham Lincoln had abolished slavery two years previously. 

Let’s make Juneteenth a commemorative, not of the horrific institution our country embraced, but rather as a showcase of the strength in the American spirit to recognize wrong and set about making it right. In this same spirit America moves ahead today in leveling playing fields and achieivng ever greater equality. Let us celebrate all that Juneteenth teaches us about our country’s greatness in our use of the heart to hear and to learn and to work together for all that is good and just.

Farewell Teri Swinhart

Our Studio Coordinator Wore Many Hats

We bid a fond farewell to our Studio Coordinator extraordinaire – Teri Swinhart – moves out West, to sunny Los Angeles. We will miss her skills, knowledge of glass and casting, and her unique charm!

Best of Luck to Teri and Derek Swinhart! Come back and visit often!

JRA Virtual CRAFT TOUR of WGS!

VIRTUAL CRAFT TRIP TO WASHINGTON, DC
APRIL 27 – 28, 2021 | 6:30 – 8PM
MEMBERS: $60 | NON-MEMBERS: $75

Tim Tate and Michael Janis at the Washington Glass School.
Visit the Washington Glass School with Co-Directors Tim Tate and Michael Janis

The James Renwick Alliance for Craft will host a unique virtual craft tour featuring some of the most important craft destinations in the DC region. One of the tour stops is – The Washington Glass School!! Join us as we visit our studio, Margaret Boozer’s Red Dirt Studio, The Renwick Museum, Howard University’s ceramics collection as well as some collector homes!

For more info and to jump to JRA site to register – click LINK: VIRTUAL CRAFT TRIP TO DC – JAMES RENWICK ALLIANCE (jra.org)

Pop Art & Glass – New solo exhibit by Michael Janis & Tony Porto

WGS Co-Director Michael Janis has collaborated with Chicago-based artist Tony Porto on a new series of glass/mixed media sculptures – making their debut solo show debut in Habatat Galleries’ “Not Grandmas’ Glass” (NGG) exhibit/competition. NGG is new and groundbreaking competition, held over 12 months featuring 12 artists that the gallery feels are pushing the medium beyond the norm. The premise of the exhibit is to showcase works that are outside “traditional” studio art glass, where the artists were challenged to make works that would be in a contemporary museum.

Michael Janis and Tony Porto “Lunchtime With Darth Vader”; 2021, cast glass, mixed media, 24″ x 24″ x 9″

Habatat director Aaron Schey said of the NGG show concept: “These artists are extremely innovative and I propose that they will all be important in the future of the glass medium. Creating work that is probably not in Grandma’s art collection…..yet.”

Michael Janis and Tony Porto, “Friendship is Magic”; 2021, kilncast glass, mixed media, 22″ x 22″ x 9″

Paying homage to the underdogs of pop culture – the cartoons, action figures, and toys of childhood, Janis and Porto incorporate figures as diverse as Batman, Darth Vader, My Little Pony, Wonder Woman, Hulk Hogan in their evocative narratives that are at once whimsical and distressing, capturing their complexities and outlandishness.

Michael Janis and Tony Porto “Call For Bruce Wayne”; 2021, cast glass, mixed media, LED, electronics, wood, 20″ X 24″ X 10″

In the works, they walk a really fun line between taking this stuff seriously and also being able to laugh at it all.

Michael Janis and Tony Porto delivered a fantastic online artist talk – hosted by Michigan’s Habatat Galleries (click HERE to jump to YouTube link.)

Mike and Tony outlined their collaborative works, their meanings, and how they managed to work together during the pandemic.

Click HERE to jump to their awesome website!

Maryland State Arts Council Exhibit Features Artists from Washington Glass School

Still image from Identity website

The Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) has a special exhibit titled “Identity” featuring of the 60 artists exhibited in special show by Maryland State Arts Council. From the MSAC exhibit catalog:

“A person’s identity is constantly evolving and can include their cultural identity, social identity, gender identity, racial identity, and the intersection of multiple identities to form one’s whole self. The Maryland State Arts Council is reflecting self-reflective art that expresses and explores how the artist perceives themself through this online exhibition.”

The artwork is in online gallery in the by Kunstmatrix which allows one to “walk” thru a show). The show runs February 5th thru April 6th, 2021.

Max DeMulder ; “Nonexistence”, 2020; 14 x 10.3 inch; Watercolor & Ink on Paper

Click on link below to jump to virtual exhibit:
IDENTITY – 3D virtual exhibition by Maryland State Arts Council | art.spaces | KUNSTMATRIX