News & Shows

Please welcome Washington Glass School’s new Studio Coordinator – Christina Helowicz!

A graduate of Salisbury University, Christina brings a new vitality and freshness to the Washington Glass School. She has an impressive background in coldworking and casting, as well as teaching. She will be working at tweaking the School’s glass program soon!

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WGS COVID Re-Open Protocol

As the DC/MD area reopens, there will be a few changes, some temporary, some permanent, but all to keep our community and staff healthy and safe, while ensuring a smooth transition back into facility use and maintaining the high-quality service our glass family deserve.


All staff and studio artists at the Washington Glass School have been vaccinated. WGS is requiring all visitors to be vaccinated. Please bring your vaccination card. For now, WGS recommends all wear masks indoors. Changes in the pandemic metrics and prevention guidelines will update the entry protocols.

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SPECIAL EVENTS / MUSEUM & GALLERY SHOWS

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Congratulations to Michael Janis and Tim Tate! Each has had their artwork selected to appear as part of @phillipscollection Inside Outside Upside Down Juried invitational. The works will be on view from July 17 to September 12, 2021

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Tim Tate and Michael Janis were each was named as finalist in “Viral Glass” exhibit/competition! The juror was David McFadden- former Chief Curator and Vice President for Programs and Collections at NY Museum of Arts & Design. – 2021 VIRAL GLASS ARTWORK
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The Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC) has honored Washington Glass School Co-Director Erwin Timmers with 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.  Congratulations Erwin!

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The American Craft Council (ACC) is the leading arts nonprofit cultivating a culture of making. The ACC’s award-winning magazine seeks to “inspire, telling the behind-the-scenes stories of artists and designer-makers, while exploring the multifaceted benefits of creative living”. The December/January 2018 issue of the magazine features a story by author/critic William Warmus that delves deep into Tim’s softer side. Exploring Tim’s history in the glass world, William writes about the what drives his work, and about the development of the Facebook “Glass Secessionism” page.

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Smithsonian Distinguished Artist Michael Janis

The  James Renwick Alliance (JRA) named Washington Glass School Co-Director Michael Janis as its Distinguished Artist of Glass as part of the JRA Distinguished Artist Series. Michael’s talk at the Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM) was filmed and broadcast as a webcast – click HERE to jump to the SAAM online webcast page.

Media

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Washington DC City Paper has awarded Second Place in the Best of DC Art Blog category to the Washington Glass School Blog! Merci DC!

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Washington City Paper awards 2nd Place  to Washington Glass School Blog!

Watch the Washington Glass School’s 2007 appearance on local PBS channel –WETA.

Fox News’ Holly Morris visited the Glass School to learn more about eco-art with Erwin Timmers. Watch this video segment.

Watch Washington Glass School on YouTube

BOOKS & Magazines

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Glass Secessionism

The intent of this group is to underscore and define the 21st Century Sculptural Glass Movement and to illustrate the differences and strengths compared to late 20th century technique-driven glass. While the 20th century glass artists contributions have been spectacular and ground breaking, this group focuses on the aesthetic of the 21st century. The object of the Glass-Secession is to advance glass as applied to sculptural expression; to draw together those glass artists practicing or otherwise interested in the arts, and to discuss from time to time examples of the Glass-Secession or other narrative work. Jump to the Facebook group page.

The American Craft Council interviewed Tim Tate about the post-studio glass movement in its April/May 2014 magazine – click HERE to jump to the article.

American Craft Magazine Features Washington Glass Studio

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The June/July 2013 issue of American Craft Magazine featured an “In Progress” review of the collaborative process employed in the creation of the new glass doors for the US Library of Congress Adams Building. An interview with Michael Janis and Tim Tate outlines how the spectacular doors came into being – over a 9 year period. Some great photos in the article!

Glass Art Magazine Features Michael Janis

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The Jan/Feb 2017 issue of Glass Art Magazine features a great profile on Michael Janis. Michael was interviewed for Glass Art’s podcast series “Talking Out Your Glass” earlier in 2016, and the magazine has followed up their 2012 cover story about Michael with another great article!

American Style Magazine’s June 06 issue featured the works of Tim Tate, Erwin Timmers, Michael Janis, and Liz Mears, and reviewed the impact the Washington Glass School has on the ‘content-driven’ art movement.