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More Breaking Glass News!! Eric Hess Wins A 2018 Stanislav Libenský Award!

Proof that everything gets better with Glass – awards are piling up with all associated with the Washington Glass School! As mentioned in earlier post, Eric M. Hess – a former Resident Artist here – was just awarded a 2018 Stanislav Libenský Award in Prague! Eric was the only US citizen that was selected as a finalist. Well Done and Congratulations Eric!!

The Stanislav Libenský Award finalists and winners line up at the Prague Gallery ceremony.

The Stanislav Libenský Award finalists and winners line up at the Prague Gallery ceremony. Eric Hess was awarded the 3rd Place Award.

 

The Stanislav Libenský Award (established in 2009) is the world’s only international glass exhibition with graduates call for entry. It is named for Stanislav Libenský, long considered as the most outstanding Czech glasswork artist. The competition serves as an international presentation of young glass artists. The aim of the competition is to help the development of glass art in the young scene and to compare different approaches and methods. 

Eric M. Hess - First Place winner of 2018 Stanislav Libenský Award

Eric M. Hess – Winner of a 2018 Stanislav Libenský Award.

 

Breaking Glass News! Erwin Timmers Honored As “Outstanding Artist”

Maryland’s Montgomery County Executive’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities Honors WGS’ Erwin Timmers!
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The Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC) has announced the recipients of the 2018 County Executive’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities. Established in 2002, these awards honor community leaders whose work in the cultural sector has made an impact in Montgomery County, MD.  Among this year’s award recipients of the County Executive’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities is Washington Glass School Co-Director Erwin Timmers.

Montgomery County Executive Isiah “Ike” Leggett will present nine community leaders with awards in recognition of significant contributions to Montgomery County’s arts and cultural community during a special award ceremony held at the Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center, Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus.

“I am honored to be able to pay tribute to these fabulous artists and organizations,” said County Executive Ike Leggett. “By their work, they lift us up and educate and inspire us. They make us laugh and make us cry. They make a good Montgomery County even better.”

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“It is an honor to celebrate these nine award recipients who remind us of the deep impact the arts and humanities have on our community. The arts and humanities bring grace, hope, understanding, and perspective to our world,” said Suzan Jenkins, CEO of the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County.

The 2018 County Executive’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities will be held on Monday, October 29, 2018 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center, Takoma/Silver Spring Campus in Takoma Park, Maryland, located at 7995 Georgia Avenue Silver Spring, MD 20910. This event is free and open to the public. Ticket reservations are required and can be made online here.

Tim Tate: Finalist for DC Mayor’s Arts Award

Finally our Tim Tate is being recognized for the genius he is! He was just named finalist for “Excellence in Visual Arts” by the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities. The Mayor’s Arts Awards are the most prestigious honors conferred by the city on individual artists, teachers, nonprofit organizations and patrons of the arts. Artists and Organizations are recognized in six categories: Excellence in Visual Arts, Excellence in Performing Arts, Excellence in Creative Industries, Excellence in Arts Education, Excellence in the Humanities and the Larry Neal Writers’ Awards. The Award Ceremony will take place Tuesday, Sept 25th @ 7pm 2018.dc.mayor.art.award.tim_tate.washington.glass.school

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This event is free and open to the public!
TUESDAY | SEPTEMBER 25, 2018 | 7 pm
THE LINCOLN THEATRE
1215 U Street NW, Washington DC
White Carpet Pre-Show 5:30 pm 

Eric Hess Represents USA in Stanislav Libensky Award Competition!

2016 Washington Glass School Artist-In-Residence, Eric Hess, has been selected as one of 30 artists from around the world to be included in the 2018 Stanislav Libensky Exhibition and Award Competition in Prague, Czech Republic. Eris is the only artist selected from the United States.

Eric Hess; "Fragile", which is a glass fetus in a 12 inch square block of ice. When the ice melts the fetus falls to the floor below and breaks, a tearful reality.

Eric Hess; “Fragile”, which is a glass fetus in a 12 inch square block of ice. When the ice melts the fetus falls to the floor below and breaks, a tearful reality.

The Stanislav Libensky Award competition serves as an international presentation of emerging glass artists. The aim of the competition is to help the development of emerging glass art and to compare different approaches and methods. The initiator and main organizer – the Prague Gallery of Czech Glass – hopes that this competition, followed by a long term exhibition, will help emerging artists enter the business world and explore the potential of glass. Past iterations of the exhibition featured many excellent works by artists from around 30 countries and 40 universities. Fragile.eric.hess.Stanislav.Libensky.Award
Stanislav Libenský Award (established in 2009) is the world’s only international glass exhibition with a call for entry to recent MFA graduates concentrating in the glass arts. Stanislav Libenský is considered as the most outstanding Czech glasswork artist. His works created in collaboration with Jaroslava Brychtová are presented in museums and galleries all over the world. Besides his work, he was teaching at Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague and he was a director of the School of Applied Arts for Glassmaking in Železný Brod, where he lived and worked for the majority of of his life.
The Exhibition begins September 20th at the DOX Centre for Contemporary Art in Poupetova, Prague and is sponsored by the Prague Gallery of Czech Glass. The exhibition will end on November 19th.
Good Luck Eric!!

Nancy Weisser Retrospective at Artist & Makers I

Nancy Weisser Solo Retrospective at Artists & Makers I Studio

Nancy Weisser Solo Retrospective at Artists & Makers I Studio

Rockville, MD’s Artists & Makers Studios will present a solo retrospective of glass artist Nancy Weisser’s lifelong career, including 40-plus years in the art glass field. The show will cover several themes- installations, new works, and work on paper and canvas.

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Experimental: Devotion to Discovery
September 7- 26, 2018
Opening Reception
Friday, September 7, 6-9 PM
 
Artists & Makers I
11810 Parklawn Dr, Suite 210
Rockville, MD 20852
 artistsandmakersstudios.com 

Nancy Weisser is a Kensington, Maryland- based artist specializing in kiln-formed glass. She owns and operates Weisser Glass Studio.

Experimental is a thread that runs through Nancy’s diverse body of work: “My devotion to discovery is about the pursuit of creating something new and my desire to learn along the way whether it be about material, process, or self. Art making for me is about trusting my instincts, nurturing curiosity and challenging myself even when it’s uncomfortable or difficult. This approach has allowed me to move forward and keep my work fresh”.

Max DeMulder Goes Wild At VisArts

Max DeMulder gets ready to work at the Glass School.

Max DeMulder gets ready to work at the Glass School.

The Glass School’s newest artist – Max DeMulder – has a solo show at VisArts Common Ground Gallery, titled “A Wild and Untamed Thing”.

Max’s new mixed media works are wild and fun and look spectacular in the space! 

Max DeMulder, "Blahh"; 2016, coper formed and fabricated with found objects.

Max DeMulder, “Blahh”; 2016, coper formed and fabricated with found objects.

Max has recently shown his art in the VisAbility Art Lab show at VisArts January 2016, Grump, December 2016 in Crystal City, VA, Outer Limits at the Ratner Gallery in Bethesda, March 2017, Artomatic, March 2017 in Crystal City, VA., Creative Craft Council, at Strathmore, April 2017, Takoma Park Folk Festival, September 2017, and VisAbility Art Lab Holiday Show, December 2017

About the artist: Max DeMulder grew up in Silver Spring, MD and decided to pursue a career in art from a young age. At Katherine Thomas High School, Max cultivated his artistic talent, working with clay, painting, mosaics, and mixed media, with a great interest in found objects.

As a Boy Scout, Max did woodwork, leather and metalwork and became an Eagle Scout in January 2018. In addition to creating his own work and time spent at the VisAbility Art Lab, Max apprentices with Nick Barnes, metal smith, and has worked with him for ten years. Max has assisted sculptor Howard Connelly with projects. Currently, Max is interning at Washington Glass School under the tutelage of Erwin Timmers along with Tim Tate and Michael Janis.

Max DeMulder: A Wild and Untamed Thing
VisArts Common Ground Gallery
155 Gibbs Street
Rockville, MD 20850

August 15 – August 26, 2018
Common Ground Gallery
Opening Reception and Artist Talk: Sunday, August 19, 2 – 4 PM

Breaking Glass News! Tim Tate Named JRA Distinguished Artist!

How often has this blog posted about and singing the praises of the glass artist known as Tim Tate? Well, now we have confirmation of his status! 

tim.tate.authorThe James Renwick Alliance (JRA) is a vibrant group of art enthusiasts, collectors, artists, educators, students and art professionals who share a passion for contemporary American craft. The organization presents a diverse schedule of programs including, social events, educational lectures and tours, and art-inspired excursions. The JRA’s annual Distinguished Artist Series brings notable craft artists from around the country to provide insight into their work. Tim Tate is this year’s Distinguished Artist in Glass. 

The Distinguished Artist Series (DAS) offers a Saturday workshop from 9:30am-12:00pm (fee, registration required.) The artists demonstrate some of their unique techniques and discuss their work and the overall medium. Workshops may be hands-on or demonstration only. Workshop participants may attend a Saturday potluck dinner with the artists on a space available basis.

Upcoming JRA Distinguished artists 

Oct. 6-7, 2018 Tim Tate, Glass
Dec. 8-9, 2018 Bennet Bean, Ceramic & Craft Media
Mar. 9-10, 2019 Tim Harding, Fiber
May 4-5, 2019 Elizabeth Brim, Metal

Free Lecture:

Sunday, October 7  | 2pm – 3:30pm (After the Chrysalis Award)
American University Katzen Arts Center  |  4400 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC

Please note:  There will be a short presentation to JRA’s Chrysalis award winner before Tim’s lecture.  This special award will be given this year to an emerging artist in glass.

Class 3003 – Lighting Solutions For Your Home

Bring some serious color to your life, and brighten up your living space. This is the perfect way to use glass in a most practical application: a lamp. You will design your own colored glass, determine your own shape, and have your choice of several different hanging or mounting options. For considerably less than the price of a designer fixture, you can put your own name on one. Tuition includes glass, mold materials, and mounting hardware. No glass experience is needed, and electrical experience will be provided.


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Fire Destroys Glass Artists Studio in Pennsylvania

Remnants of Christina Bothwell's sculpture lie in the charred remains of her studio.

Remnants of Christina Bothwell’s sculpture lie in the charred remains of her studio.

Devastating fire yesterday destroyed artists Christina Bothwell and Robert Bender’s studio in rural Pennsylvania. The family is ok – but the barn that made their shop and studio, along with all their works have been destroyed. Last year, glass artist Clifford Rainey‘s studio and work were lost in California’s “Atlas fire”.

Article in WYOU website : https://www.pahomepage.com/news/artistic-couple-s-livelihood-goes-up-in-smoke/1354987459

Glass Sculpture by American Artist Syl Mathis Migrates to Norway

Congratulations to former WGS Artist-In-Residence Syl Mathis! Sarah B Tanguy, curator of the Art in Embassies program, commissioned a piece from Syl to go in the new US Embassy in Oslo Norway. Ms. Tanguy selected artwork from US and Norwegian artists.

Syl Mathis; "Ice Boat" - 40"w x 11"h x 6"d, cast and carved broken tempered plate glass, on blued steel and cut weathered basalt rock base, 2018

Syl Mathis; “Ice Boat” – 40″w x 11″h x 6″d, cast and carved broken tempered plate glass, on blued steel and cut weathered basalt rock base, 2018