Creative Crafts Council 34th Biennial Exhibition of Fine Crafts

The Creative Crafts Council (CCC) 34th Biennial Exhibition will present some of the Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia region’s top work in ceramics, enamel, fiber, glass, metal, mixed media, wood, book arts, and more at The Mansion at Strathmore. Look for works by WGS artists April Shelford and Patricia De Poel Wilberg!

April Shelford, “Gravity’s Loom” 2023, fused glass

The Creative Crafts Council is an umbrella organization of fine craft guilds that sponsors a juried biennial exhibition of regional fine craft artists at the Strathmore Mansion in North Bethesda, Maryland and supports and promotes craft-making across Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. The CCC’s exhibitions of regional craft have been held since 1954.

The 2023 CCC Exhibition
May 9-July 22,2023 At the Mansion at Strathmore
Thursday, May 11, 2023: Opening Reception and awards -open to the public at the Strathmore Mansion from 7-9 pm.

The Mansion is located at 10701 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852, close to the Grosvenor Metro Station. Visit the exhibition now through July 29, 2023.

Job Opportunity at Washington Glass School!

washington.glass_school.logo.clayWGS Hiring Opportunity!

The Washington Glass School and Studio is seeking candidates for position of full-time Studio Coordinator!

Located just outside of Washington DC, WGS is a privately owned, public access art studio. Washington Glass School and Studio is dedicated to creating and promoting kiln-formed glass and mixed-media sculpture.

 Washington Glass School and Studio has 3 primary missions:

1. Community involvement through engagement of large-scale public artworks
2. Educate through teaching art classes and mixed-media classes
3. Promote and support Washington Glass Studio artists

Studio Coordinator

We are looking for someone who is excited about fabricating artwork, hands-on glass and art education, community involvement, and managing a studio. We seek someone who wants to learn about the contemporary art world and to expose themselves to  new techniques and mediums. The Studio Coordinator serves two roles: assisting studio artist Tim Tate and coordinating an active mixed media studio and school.. A great candidate will be self-motivated with positive energy, who can independently organize and manage studio activities, as well as collaborate closely with all staff and studio residents. Start date: Summer 2023 (negotiable).

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

*Manage artwork and assist glass and mixed-media artist Tim Tate

*Help to oversee and fabricate public art projects

*Organize and teach classes and workshops

*Serve as the primary liaison for students and resident artists 


Other Responsibilities:

-Fabricate parts for artwork

-Consult and work closely with Directors on a daily basis

-Serve as a public face for WGS, including private and public events

-Interact with resident artists and visitors on a daily basis

-Implement and reinforce safety protocol and procedures

-Travel to national art fairs to assist/represent WGS artists

-Conduct studio tours

-Manage and order studio materials

-Attend weekly staff meetings

-Performs other duties as they

Preferred Education and Qualifications (not all necessary):

-Experience managing a glass or art studio

-Basic understanding of glassmaking equipment and shop maintenance

-Fast and efficient working capabilities is a must

-Experience with mold making

-Experience with casting glass and acrylic resins

-Implement and follow WGS quality control standards

-Ability to interact with a variety of personalities

-Time management and organizational skills

~Experience in welding and working with metals

~Ability to work with electronics

-Ability to work as a part of a team

-Ability and desire to work independently

-Desire to further your own art career!

-Other material experience is helpful

-Creative ideas are always encouraged!

-Must be able to meet strict deadlines realize that no one meets all these criteria, but the more the better. We will train candidate in those unfamiliar to them. The job will start  Summer 2023 (negotiable), and we will have training time before that

The Studio Manager is a 35/45 hour per week position, depending on deadlines and includes some evening and weekend events. These can be flexible with hours. Salary starts at $20/hour. Position includes an opportunity for teaching bonuses. Access to all studio equipment and a studio space dedicated for your own work is provided! We also will pay the coordinator additional time to work on their own art leading towards an annual solo show at WGS Contemporary Gallery.

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


To apply, please submit a cover letter, telling us why you are a good candidate, resumé, and 3-5 images of your artwork ASAP to

Washington Glass School & Studio

3700 Otis Street, Mount Rainier, MD 20712

Pancakes and Booze DC Art Show Opens April 13th!

Want a fun arts event that is definitely not the staid cheap-wine-and-cheeze snoozefest? D.C.’s Pop-Up Underground Art Show is BACK on April 13th, 2023 at Hook Hall – 3400 Georgia Ave NW Washington, DC 20010.

The LA based event originated in 2009 and has since popped up more than 500 times in 35+ cities around Europe & North America.

Batter sizzles, beer foams, and canvas lines the walls from ceiling to floor as hundreds, if not thousands, of revelers indulge in endless pancakes and live music.

This is no stuffy wine-and-cheese, pretentious, someone-gag-me art event. It’s an innovative reimagining of the art show concept. A welcoming vibe for up-and-coming artists and musicians to strut their stuff in a free verse, anything goes environment. DC’s version of the art fest is tomorrow, April 13th! Look for fun and affordable glass artworks by WGS artists Christina Helowicz, Gaby Morris and Daphne Matyas!

Instagram @ pancakesandbooze

Class 4406: Fun Friday!

Fun Friday is a monthly(ish) class with fun focused projects that are great for adults and older kids alike. 

May: Craft your own sun catching master piece! You can use one of our patterns or make one that is all your own. Adults and children over 10(with adult) are welcome. 

June: Spend an afternoon with Patricia and learn the basics of painting on glass. This class is open to all ages and abilities; no glass experience is needed for a great time. Students will use fire on enamels to paint a design onto their dishes. The vitreous enamels will be premixed for the students to ensure each pallet is perfect. Design guides will also be available for students to use. 

Class 4407: Earth day with Erwin!

We are excited to announce our  Earth Day With Erwin event! Come join the area’s leading eco-artist to create your own recycled masterpiece! Green up your life with this fun activity to help the environment! Make your own lovely recycled glass dish in one afternoon. Smash an old window, remelt it, and then add all sorts of designs and colors.  Parents with kids (10+) welcome.

The Poetry of Glass at Sandy Spring Museum

Sandy Spring Museum features glass art by NCAGG
March 29 – May 28, 2023

“Tribute to Ms. Mailou Jones”, by WGS artist Kate Barfield

A showcase of works by members of the National Capital Art Glass Guild (NCAGG), featuring works by more than 40 glass artists across all aspects of the medium, from “cold” glass (stained) to “warm” glass (fused) to “hot” glass (blown). Works by Washington Glass School artists Kate Barfield, Graciela Granek, John Henderson and Patricia de Poel Wilberg are included in this unique exhibit!

Patricia de Poel Wilberg, enamel on fused glass

Their art illustrates the range of this amazing material: translucent and opaque, colorful, joyful and mysterious, responsive to gravity and variations in heat in ways that are often unpredictable. Exhibitors have studied with nationally and internationally recognized masters and include gallery owners, scientists, and educators.

Graciela Granek, fused glass

Works on display range from purely decorative and fine art to functional and architectural pieces. Like poets, members find their inspiration in nature, science, history, music, fabric, rhythm, abstraction, emotion, geometry, organic matter, and more. They are constantly experimenting, exploring, and inventing new techniques.

“Invoking the Spirits” John Henderson. 18”x30”, Fuse/Cast Glass/Silvered

Opening Reception: Sunday, April 2nd from noon to 2 pm. See the glass and meet the artists!

Art Glass Demonstration Day: Sunday, April 30th from 11 am to 4 pm

See artists at work. Featuring: glass blowing, stained glass, vitreous enamel painting, mosaics, glass cutting, glass fusing, and mold-making for kiln casting.

The Museum is also open on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10am to 4pm, and on Sundays from noon to 4pm. It’s a truly unique exhibition! Invite friends and family.

Sandy Spring Museum Address: 17901 Bentley Rd, Sandy Spring, MD 20860

Sandy Spring Museum, originally founded in 1980 as a traditional history museum, now functions as a dynamic participatory cultural arts community center.

Class 4403: Glass Fusing 201: crank it up a notch

Are you ready to take your fusing skills to the next level? In this class we’ll go over circle cutting, fun ways to use stringers and frit, and what it means to cut with intention. Some glass fusing experience is required for this one, so get ready to step up your fusing game. No glass experience? no worries, there will be a crash course before class starts to get you up to speed (just mention “crash course” during sign up. 

National Symphony Orchestra Plays At Artist Studios

This March, the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) will collaborate with different communities in Washington, DC’s Ward 5 and Mount Rainier, MD as a way to build new connections and relationships with the neighborhoods, local schools, museums, and arts organizations.

NSO In Your Neighborhood

The NSO String Quartet performs at Artists by the Tracks Compound, Monday, March 13th, 2023.

“Edge of the City”

March 7–13, 2023

Brentwood | Brookland | Eckington | Fort Lincoln | Woodridge | Trinidad | University Heights | Mount Rainier, MD

Tim Tate’s sculpture is part of the backdrop of the performance.

Events are open to the public with first-come, first-served seating, unless otherwise noted. For more information, times and performance venues- click here: NSO In Your Neighborhood “Edge of the City”

The Mt Rainier performance was packed!

On Monday, March 13th, the NSO String Quartet played at the Arts Compound in Mt Rainier, MD. Some pix from the fun night!

DMV artists celebrate the NSO performance at the reception that followed the intimate performance. L-R Mary Early, David Mordini, Laurel Lukaszewski, Michael Janis.

PBS TV Show “If You Lived Here” @ Washington Glass School

If You Lived Here episode 11

DC’s PBS Station – WETA /via Leapfrog Productions – filmed an episode of their popular TV show “If You Lived Here” in Mount Rainier, MD. The episode, which airs Monday, March 20th at 9 pm, focuses on houses in Mt Rainier, and what makes the area noteworthy, for this area, the art spaces and artists were the focus. Filming took place at Washington Glass School and some additional footage included the James Renwick Alliance Block Party held in September.

Glass artist Michael Janis talks to WETA TV crew at the Washington Glass School.
WGS Co-Director Michael Janis outlines the importance of arts in the community.
Leapfrog Productions video crew finds interesting angles to cover for the show.
WGS Contemporary art gallery
Views of the Washington Glass School (WGS Contemporary) Gallery.

Viewing information:
Season 3 – Episode 11: Mt. Rainier, MD
Monday, March 20th at 9 pm on WETA PBS (Channel 26 in the DMV). Monday, March 20th at 8 pm on WETA Metro:
Full episode at