Creative Crafts Council 31st Biennial Exhibition

"Corallite 117" by Nikki O'Neill and "Cool Comfort" by Andrew Lang

“Corallite 117″ by Nikki O’Neill and “Cool Comfort” by Andrew Lang

The Creative Crafts Council (CCC) celebrates its 31st biennial exhibition supporting the finest crafts from Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC. The first biennial had bold beginnings as the Exhibition of Creative Arts at the National Collection of Fine Arts, now known as the National Museum of American Art, and today continues a long tradition of exhibiting at Strathmore Mansion.

The CCC is made up of the Potters Guild of Frederick, Washington Ceramic Guild, Washington Guild of Goldsmiths, Fiber Art Study Group, Capital Area Woodturners, Potomac Fiber Arts Guild, Montgomery County Woodturners, National Capital Art Glass Guild, The Kiln Club, Montgomery Potters, and National Enamelist Guild. In this 31st annual juried exhibition, you will see traditional media from these guilds and beyond, representing excellence in fiber, enamel, wood, glass, ceramics, metals, and mixed media.

2017 Jurors

​Maurine Littleton: Maurine, daughter of Harvey K. Littleton, is the owner and director of Maurine Littleton Gallery in Washington DC. The gallery exhibits and represents leading contemporary artists in glass, metal, and ceramics.

Rebecca Stevens: Rebecca has been the Consulting Curator of Contemporary Textiles at The Textile Museum in Washington D.C. since 1980. She has lectured on five continents, served as curator and as a juror for major fiber exhibitions both nationally and internationally.

Matthew Hyleck: Matthew is an artist, teacher and the Education Coordinator at Baltimore Clayworks. His work is represented by six galleries across the country and has taught a number of workshops in the northeast, United States.

Creative Crafts Council 31st Biennial Exhibition 

Sat, April 8–Sun, May 21, 2017 

Strathmore Mansion, 10701 Rockville Pike North Bethesda, MD
Hours: Tue – Fri & Sat: 10am–4pm; Sun: 12–4pm; Wed: 10am–9pm


James Renwick Alliance ‎Foon Sham Lecture – Distinguished Artist Series

Foon Sham, Escape I, Tunnel, 2016. Pine, 14 x 62 x 5 ft.

Foon Sham, Escape I, Tunnel, 2016. Pine, 14 x 62 x 5 ft.

Artist Foon Sham’s focus is on wood in its many forms.  Using small bits, he creates large scale vessels which take on  shapes like tornados or mountains, baskets, or even a giant vase-like piece which viewers can sit inside.  His smaller works echo these larger structures, exploring the intersection of natural vs. manmade, permanence vs. instability, geometric vs. organic. Foon is a professor at University of Maryland, and exhibits nationally and internationally.

The James Renwick Alliance (JRA) presents the annual Distinguished Artist Series with “local treasures” featuring craft artists who contribute significantly to the richness of the artistic environment in our area. Foon Sham will discuss his international background and experience and his body of work in wood and other media. Foon’s workshop will highlight some techniques for creating his wood pieces. 

The lecture will focus on his international background and experience and his body of work in wood and other media.

Foon Sham, Escape I, Tunnel, 2016. Pine, 14 x 62 x 5 ft.

Foon Sham, Escape I, Tunnel, 2016. Pine, 14 x 62 x 5 ft.

For more information on Foon’s work:

The Where & When

Workshop Venue: On the campus of University of Maryland

Foon Sham workshop map(free parking available)
Parren J Mitchell Art/Sociology Building ( BLDG #146),
College Park, MD
Rm 1311, wood shop

JRA Member $50
Non-Member $60

Lecture Date: Sunday, April 23, 2017
Time: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Lecture Venue: American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center

jra-logoThe James Renwick Alliance is an independent national non-profit organization that celebrates the achievements of America’s craft artists and fosters scholarship, education, connoisseurship and public appreciation of craft art. Founded in 1982, the Alliance fulfills its mission through public programs, educational trips, publications, recognition of craft artists, and financial support of museums and other non-profit organizations, including the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. 

Put That In Your Pipe and Smoke It! National Liberty Museum Exhibits “Underground” World of Functional Glass Pipes


"The Blue Light" by neon glass artist Eve Hoyt .

“The Blue Light” by neon glass artist Eve Hoyt .

Glass smoking pipes get the high art treatment at a new exhibit that opened at the National Liberty Museum (NLM) in Philadelphia, PA.

"Freija," a glass pipe sculpture by glass artists Banjo and Snic Barnes (who is based out of Philadelphia) with assistance from Tyson Peltzer and Tristan Hodges, will be on display at the National Liberty Museum's "The Treachery of Images" exhibit.

“Freija,” a glass pipe sculpture by glass artists Banjo and Snic Barnes with assistance from Tyson Peltzer and Tristan Hodges, will be on display at the NLM’s “The Treachery of Images” exhibit.

Titled “The Treachery of Images,” the exhibit, which runs through May 7, features glass hand pipes and water pipes from more than 20 prominent pipe-makers and other glass artists. Work on display at the exhibit will also be available for purchase.

The exhibit takes its name from a 1929 painting of the same name by surrealist artist René Magritte. Featuring an image of a pipe underlined with the phrase “Ceci n’est pas une pipe” (or “This is not a pipe”), the painting challenges viewers to question their interpretations of reality by pointing out that the painting is not a pipe, but a representation of a pipe.

The NLM’s “Treachery” exhibit will operate on a similar principle, placing the often-maligned functional glass subculture in the type of space usually reserved for the mainstream art world, which historically has marginalized pipe-makers due to their art’s association with smoking marijuana. In that way, the exhibit seems to ask viewers to consider that the pipes at NLM aren’t pipes, either — or at least not just pipes, but also works of art.

Exhibit runs through May 7, National Liberty Museum, 321 Chestnut St. Philadelphia, PA 19106,

Washington Glass School Job Opening!

Washington Glass School is Hiring!

Washington Glass School in Mount Rainier, MD

Washington Glass School in Mount Rainier, MD

Washington Glass School (WGS) is excited to announce the hiring of a new full-time glass studio coordinator. 

“Warm Glass Studio Coordinator”

WGS seeks a creative and energetic manager and teacher for a kiln cast glass studio in Mt. Rainier, Md. just outside Washington, DC. Washington Glass School is a private art studio which focuses on warm glass and mixed media sculpture.

The combined glass school and studio has several missions:

1). Engaging the surrounding metro area with large scale community involved public art works.

 2). Teaching kiln casting classes and others that support our sculptural mission.

 3). Production work for several artists who are based here, including acrylic /resin casting and mold making. Candidate cannot be allergic to these.

The Glass Studio Coordinator will be responsible for communicating with all of these audiences and ensuring that the studio is serving their needs. are looking for someone who is equally excited about glass education, mold making, acrylic casting, glassmaking, and managing and promoting the studio. The Washington Glass School Studio Coordinator should be self-starter who can independently manage studio activities, as well as collaborate closely with WGS’s staff on an overall strategic vision for the organization and its execution in the glass studio. 



• Serve as a public face for WGS: act as primary liaison for studio renters, answer calls and emails about studio, interact with visitors, attend events on behalf of WGS. 

 • Oversee all activities in the glass studio, including managing studio calendar, scheduling and working with renters, designing and managing classes and demos.
• Manage and assist several artists principles with their work.
• Travel to international art fairs to represent WGS artists, with duties including show set-up, sales, packing, shipping and take down. 
• Manage studio inventory and purchase materials and tools as needed. 

• Help oversee and fabricate large scale public art pieces, including community involvement work shops.
• Attend weekly staff meetings and monthly teaching artist meetings. 

 Qualifications:• BA or BFA with a concentration in glass or life experience equivalent (Experience managing a glass studio would be helpful.)
• Understanding of a range of kiln making processes.
• Good written and oral communications skills; ability to interact with all of the audiences at WGS. Intelligence is better than brawn !
• Ability to work as a part of a team while working independently on projects to meet multiple deadlines.
• The ideal candidate should very much want to further their own art career and would benefit from their time here.
• Metal welding, acrylic casting and electronic wiring background would be helpful, but candidate can be trained in this.
• Speed is of the essence here on projects. Speed, staying on task and attention to detail are paramount. Hopefully someone who will treat each work as their own for quality control. 


The Glass Studio Coordinator is a 35/40-hour/week position, including some evening and weekend events. Salary is commensurate with experience. It includes both an hourly salary and teaching bonuses. This is an extremely busy studio. 

The Glass Studio Manager is a 35/40-hour/week position, including some evening and weekend events. Salary is commensurate with experience. It includes both an hourly salary and teaching bonuses. This is an extremely busy studio. Much of our work goes straight from here to galleries and museums.

Compensation takes the following forms:
~ 10 to 15 dollars an hour to start, depending on relevant experience
~ 25/50 dollars per student for each class taught
~ additional income for manning booths and set up/take down at international art fairs
~ you will have the opportunity to sell and show your work at some of the international art fairs, such as Context Miami, Expo Chicago and Affordable Art Fair in NYC.

Benefits also include assisted health insurance and kiln time at WGS as well as use of all equipment and a dedicated work area for your own art. Access to all equipment. Materials at cost. This is the ideal job for those who are seeking a career as a full time studio artist.

WGS is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics.

Submission deadline May 1, 2017

To apply, please submit a cover letter telling us why you might be a good fit, your resume, and images of past work to:


Washington Glass School in Mount Rainier, MD

Washington Glass School in Mount Rainier, MD

Washington Glass School
3700 Otis Street, Mt Rainier, MD 20712

Habatat Galleries’ 45th Glass International Award Exhibition

Michigan's Habatat Galleries 45th International Glass Invitational

Michigan’s Habatat Galleries 45th International Glass Invitational

Habatat Galleries’ International Glass Invitational is the oldest and largest annual exhibit focused on studio glass in the United States. 2017 will see the 45th Annual event and the gallery has planned some of the most exciting events, exhibitions and experiences that will be the talk of the town.

Washington Glass School artists Erwin Timmers, Tim Tate, Michael Janis and Sean Hennessey all will have works on exhibit as the monumental milestone takes place April 27th, 28th and 29th of 2017. The gallery is located at 4400 Fernlee Ave, Royal Oak, Mi. 48073. For information go to

45th Glass International Award Exhibition

Saturday, Apr 29, 2017 to Friday, Jul 21, 2017

Grand Opening April 29th 2017 8:00 pm

Class 2604 – Glass and Steel Tables

This is your chance to venture into making a piece of furniture for your home.  You will cast or fuse an incredibly cool glass top to create the table of your own design.   You will get an introduction to welding and then cut and weld a steel frame to finish your one-of-a-kind piece.  No prior welding or glass experience is needed but not discouraged.

New DC Metro Bus G9 – Downtown to Washington Glass School

All Aboard!

All Aboard! Next stop: Washington Glass School!

We thought the Washington Glass School readers would be happy to hear about the addition of a new transportation option that has started in the District that benefits the Glass School. The new express bus line, the G9, will run from Mt. Rainier to DC’s 14th Street NW along Rhode Island Avenue.

DC Metro Bus Route G9 has begin service on March 20, 2017 and will operate weekdays from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., every 15 to 20 minutes from Eastern Avenue to Franklin Sq. Route G9 Rhode Island Ave Limited Line comes after many studies and community outreach was conducted amongst local businesses and area residents. It was determined that a rush hour, bi-directional MetroExtra limited stop service was much needed. Route G9 is expected to service over 1,000 people per day. Due to recent area growth, buses traveling in the area have become overcrowded resulting in an uncomfortable ride for passengers. Route G9 will provide customers traveling along Rhode Island Ave more direct and faster service.

G9 Metro Bus route from Downtown DC to Mt Rainier Gateway Arts District.

G9 Metro Bus route from Downtown DC to Mt Rainier Gateway Arts District.

Tired of the Snow? Go to Sunny FLA!

bocaratonArt Boca Raton 2017 opens its doors this week, ushering in the fair’s second edition. Art Boca Raton’s second annual fair promises to deliver with world-class contemporary, modern, and cutting edge art from a premier selection of international galleries. Guests and collectors to the fair can experience some of the greatest modern masters along with being introduced the freshest new artists. Michigan’s Habatat Galleries will be showing at the art fair – their space (Booth #110) will feature works by Wilfried Grootens, Vivian Wang, Stephen Rolfe Powell, Tim Tate, Lucy Lion, Latchezar Boyadjiev, Marlene Rose and Michael Janis.

Tim Tate's "Guardians To Stop The Vanishing"

Tim Tate’s “Guardians To Stop The Vanishing” will be sure to mesmerize the art fair-goers.

Michael Janis "taking flight" cast and fused glass and steel; 23" x 36"

Michael Janis’ glass artwork “Taking Flight” will be exhibited at Habatat Galleries space #110.

Art Boca Raton takes place March 15th to the 19th, 2017 in the International Pavilion of the Palm Beaches on the grounds of Research Park at Florida Atlantic University, located at 3450 NW 8th Avenue in partnership with the Boca Raton Museum of Art and other local institutions.