AACG Fired Up! Features Cedric Mitchell

On Friday, November 3rd at 1pm eastern, the Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass (AACG) features artist, Cedric Mitchell, as the Fired Up! speaker. 

Cedric is also very involved with the BIPOC organization Crafting the Future , whose mission is “…to increase access to creative enrichment by connecting BIPOC artists with opportunities that will help them thrive.”  https://www.craftingthefuture.org

Talking with the AACG organizers- I understand that the talk will be very interesting! 

Here is the Zoom link for folks to register for the free talk…. https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMvdeqhqzIrGdaTAZAPV9lzujrDbMKYXHia#/registration

Talking with the AACG organizers- I understand that the talk will be very interesting! 

Artist and designer, Cedric Mitchell enjoys creating both functional and decorative works in glass. He brings many years of teaching experience from Tulsa Glassblowing School, a nonprofit organization in the mid-west. Working within the community teaching underserved youth and veterans the art of glassblowing in Tulsa. Other teaching experience; Pittsburgh Glass Center, Toledo Glass Museum, and Los Angeles Glass Center. 

Breaking Glass News! Big changes at (the other) WGS – Weisser Glass Studio!

After 31 years of building and managing the Weisser Glass Studio, Nancy Weisser has announced her retirement. The new owners of the Kensington glass studio are long time Weisser Studio managers Sharon Moffitt and Rachel Brooks.

The keys to the Weisser Glass kingdom are passed to the next generation in a smooth process.

Sharon graduated from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and was the studio manager for over twenty-one years. Rachel has been working at Weisser Glass Studio since 2010.

New Glass Studio owners Rachel Brooks & Sharon Moffitt.

Another end of an era. Thank you, Nancy, for all the support you have given to the glass community in the DC area, and all the best to you in your retirement. And best of luck to Sharon Moffitt and Rachel Brooks!!

Erwin Timmers at Duncan McClellan Studio in St Pete

Washington Glass School Co-Founder & Co-Director Erwin Timmers was at the Duncan McClellan Gallery for the start of the exhibit “Dreams & Visions; Artists of the Washington Glass School”. The spectacular show features works by Christina Helowicz, Michael Janis, Tony Porto, Teri Swinhart, Tim Tate and Erwin Timmers and runs thru March 15th, 2023.

Erwin Timmers is introduced to the audience by Duncan McClellan.

Erwin also taught a workshop for kiln casting glass – teaching the students how to effect bas relief imagery in float glass.

Acadamy Prep students learn all about cool glass art from visiting artist Erwin Timmers.

The fun filled weekend started with a gallery visit from 7th graders from Academy Prep. They received a tour in the museum-quality art filled gallery, followed by a glass demonstration and more.

Erwin Timmers’ kiln casting class at Duncan McClellan Glass Studio underway in St Pete.
The workshop was lots of fun for the students – many who never worked with glass before.
Learning how to get detailed bas relief imagery got the students excited about the possibilities!
Working inside the special kilns at Duncan McClellan’s glass studio was a treat for the students.

The results! Awesome!!

Tuesday’s AACG’s Fired Up! Features Karen LaMonte

The Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass (AACG) Fired UP! program on this Tuesday, is also the last one of 2022 for the AACG. It will feature the quintessential 21st century glass and many other materials sculptor, Karen LaMonte.

FIRED UP! with Karen LaMonte 12/20 at 2pm EST. Free & open to the public. Register here:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcvdOCorz0rEtC0RcqgAuWSmmFbGUdrOT07

Karen LaMonte has created sublime and enigmatic works in glass, ceramic, bronze, iron, paper, and marble. Her works range from monotype prints to monumental stone sculptures and explore themes of beauty, gender, identity, and the natural world.
She will give an informal talk about her pioneering new works discussing concepts, challenges, experimentation, invention, and of course failure, and occasionally success!

New Winter Schedule Now Online!

Winter classes are here! For the season of cheer!

Studio pups Franklin and Henley are snug as bugs and ready for the Holidays!

Naughty? Or Nice? or BOTH?! We all deserve the gift of GLASS! The new Washington Glass School classes for the Winter Session are now online! Click HERE!
And don’t forget: Santa Secretly wants a Washington Glass School gift certificate as his treat for listening to all the elves on shelves!

MPA Exhibit “Continuum: Artists Teaching Artists” Opens

MPA’s Sharon Fishel talks to a group from Second Story’s Culmore Safe Youth Project.

McLean Project for the Arts (MPA) exhibit: “Continuum: Artists Teaching Artists” features works by each of the Washington Glass School’s Co-Directors.

The exhibit, which opened Sept. 16 and runs through Nov. 10, features a dizzying array of artworks created by 18 educators from local colleges and teaching institutes, including George Mason University, George Washington University, Georgetown University, Northern Virginia Community College, University of Maryland, Maryland Institute College of Art and Washington Glass School.

Read the Sun Gazette story on the works- click HERE

An Artist Talk is planned for Thursday, October 13, 2022 at 7:00PM. Click HERE to register for this free talk!

About MPA
McLean Project for the Arts (MPA) is one of the mid-Atlantic region’s most respected contemporary visual arts organizations. MPA provides high-quality art exhibitions showcasing the work of established and emerging artists, educational programs, art classes, MPAartfest, summer art camps, and ArtReach, an award-winning program serving students in grades K – 12, seniors, and individuals with special needs. For more information, visit www.mpaart.org

JRA Block Party! Woot! Woot!

On Saturday, September 17th, all are invited to join the James Renwick Alliance (JRA) and celebrate their 40 years supporting CRAFT with an Open Studio Block Party at the Washington Glass School & surrounding artist studios. The festivity will include open studios, artist demonstrations, LuvPlates food truck, a live mural painting and, of course, anniversary cake! Noon to 3 pm. Registration is strongly encouraged. https://www.jra.org/jracraftevents/jracraft-block-party

Participating artists and organizations include:

  • Zenith Foundation Mobile Wood Truck featuring a woodturning demonstration by the Montgomery County Woodturners
  • Blue Fire Ceramic Studio featuring a tile painting demo by Robert Devers and a Balik demo by Kelly Posey
  • Washington Glass School including Michael Janis, Tim Tate, Erwin Timmers, Christina Helowicz, with a demonstration of enameling on glass by Patricia De Poel Wilberg
    ​- Multimedia artist Martha Jackson Jarvis
  • Mosaic artist Valerie Theberge featuring a mosaic demonstration
    ​- Orange Door Studios including Ellyn Weiss, Veronica Szalus, Brian Williams and Ellen Sinel
  • Painter Janis Goodman
  • Blue Door Studios including Alec Simpson
  • Otis Street Art Projects including the studios of Chris Bohner, Gloria Chapa, Chris Combs, Elizabeth Curren, Art Drauglis, Liz Lescault, Kirsty Little, Shelley Lowenstein, CeCi Cole McInturff, Lisa Rosenstein, David Mordini
Party People!! Hands in the air!

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.