key personnel for the Washington Glass School have many
years of combined experience with glass, steel, sculpture,
architecture, neon and public art installation. This includes
education, creating and collaborating on public and private
art projects. Much of the expertise involving advancements
in sculptural design and theory, technological improvements
and installation procedures is continually developed and
Tim Tate is a Washington, DC native, and has been working with glass as a sculptural medium for the past 25 years. Co-Founder of the Washington Glass School, Tim’s work is in the permanent collections of a number of museums, including the Smithsonian's American Art Museum, Renwick Gallery and the Mint Museum. He was awarded the title of “Rising Star of the 21st Century” from the Museum of American Glass and was also the recipient of the 2009 Virginia Groot Foundation award for sculpture. His work has been shown at the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Fuller Museum, the Asheville Art Museum and the Museum of Arts and Design in New York. He is a 2012 Fulbright Scholar recipient and was Artist-In-Residence at the Institute for International Glass Research (IIRG) in the UK.
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Timmers is Co-founder and Director of the Washington Glass School and one of the DC area's leading ‘eco-artists’. Recycling, waste, the environment and how they relate to society are recurring themes in his work – and Erwin has developed a number of courses that integrate his environmental ethos into the classroom. Erwin is currently working with architects and designers on a number of “green” projects. His work in sustainable design can be seen in some of the large public art projects he has completed, including an award winning project for the EPA headquarters in Washington, DC, and the most recently the public artwork for the new LEED certified Safeway supermarket in Bethesda, MD.
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Janis developed a focus on kiln-glass after working for twenty years as an architect in the United States and Australia. Now Co-director of the Washington Glass School, Michael has taught at the Penland School of Crafts, California's Bay Area Glass Institute, and The Glass Furnace (Istanbul, Turkey). His work has been shown at major galleries and art fairs and is included in the permanent collection of the Art Institute of Chicago. In 2011, Michael mounted a solo exhibition at the Fuller Craft Museum (Massachusetts). His work was featured in Corning Museum of Glass publication 'New Glass Review', and he was named a "Rising Star" by the Creative Glass Center of America. In 2012, awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, Michael went to the UK's University of Sunderland and National Glass Centre. He was an Artist-in-Residence at the Institute for International Glass Research (IIRG). Look for American Craft magazine's profile of Michael's work in the April/May 2013 issue.
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Faculty at the Washington Glass School includes working
artists, professionals and educators from across the spectrum
of art and sculpture, incorporating many different media.
These seasoned professionals teach all aspects of sculptural,
functional and decorative glass along with media such
as steel, concrete, encaustics, ceramics, video, and lighting.
Robert Kincheloe has been working with glass since 1997, with a strong background in borosilicate glass. He has studied furnace glassblowing, flameworking, scientific glassblowing, sculpture, murrini, encasements, casting and coldworking. Over the years he has helped to set up several glass studios and has spent the last two years as a studio artist at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, VA.
Robert has pioneered working in cast and lampworked borosilicate glass.
Robert recently received the "Emerging Artist Award" from FLOW glass magazine.
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Audrey Wilson has a BA in Crafts with a Glass Concentration from Kent State University. Originally from Columbus, Ohio, Audrey has worked at the Chrysler Museum Glass Studio as the studio and teaching assistant, working with the museum's visiting glass artists.
Audrey's artwork references nature and organic forms, and she specializes in kiln casting, pate de verre and sand casting with mixed media.
Michael (Fig) Mangiafico graduated with a BFA in glass art from Carnegie Mellon University in 1985. He has been teaching torchworking and glass blowing for over 20 years. He owns and operates his own glass studio in Pittsburgh, PA. Michael has exhibited and taught across the US and is a member of the Glass Art Society, The International Society of Glass Beadmakers, and The Pittsburgh Craftsmen’s Guild. His work is available in galleries nationwide and has been featured in numerous art magazines and publications.
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Elizabeth Ryland Mears is a full time, award winning, studio artist. Whether representational or conceptual, her creations reflect her strong connection with nature, and Liz's sculpture often combines glass with mixed media. She has studied and taught lampworking techniques at Penland School of Crafts, Pilchuck Glass Studio, and The Studio of Corning Museum of Glass. Flameworking, written by Liz, was published in 2003 by LARK Books.
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Marty King is one of the Washington area’s
most accomplished neon artists and currently the Hirshorn
Museum’s safety assurance consultant. Her projects
include pieces for film, television and stage. Her body
of work includes large scale installations in the Air
and Space Museum in Washington and for the CBS television
set for the Winter Olympics. In addition to commercial
projects, she has worked with hundreds of artists and
Pete Duvall graduated from Syracuse University in 1998 with a BFA in Photography and moved back to DC afterward. Pete teaches workshops and classes for the Art League School in addition to the Washington Glass School. Alison Duvall graduated from Syracuse University in 1999 with a BFA in Photography and has lived in the Washington, DC area ever since. She currently teaches art at the Parkmont School and has taught at the National Cathedral School, River School and Corcoran School of Art and Design’s Camp Creativity. She is also a freelance photographer with her husband for their company, Anything Photographic. Check out anythingphoto.net for more information.
Topping has been an independent studio artist
for over 20 years with a gallery at the Torpedo Factory.
She has studied at the Tyler School of Art, University
of California/San Diego, La Jolla Museum of Contemporary
Art and Purdue University.
Sigethy studied design at Mason Gross School
of the Arts at Rutgers University and received degrees
from Marymount University. She is a member of several
glass guilds and was Chairman of the 2004 Glass Arts Festival,
a bi-annual event sponsored by the National Capitol Art
Glass Guild, the Glen Echo Glass Art Consortium, and the
National Park Service.
Hennessey teaches sculpture and mold making.
An accomplished painter and sculptor, he established Scenic
Artisans in 2004, following a ten-year career in the theater,
where Sean was responsible for all painting and sculpting
of stage props and set decoration at the internationally
renowned Shakespeare Theatre in Washington DC. His work
has been part of Helen Hayes Award winning productions.
Sean has also contributed to projects at other arts and
theater venues, such as the Kennedy Center, the Wooly
Mammoth Theatre Company, National Geographic, Discovery
Channel, Arena Stage, Smithsonian Folk Life Festival,
and the Smithsonian Institute.
Dave D'Orio has a BFA in sculpture from the University of Hartford and has worked in glass for over 15 years. His artwork features mixed media, glass and steel. Dave is Director of DC GlassWorks, one of the DC area's premier public access hot glass shop, located in Hyattsville, MD. DC Glass Works offers both glass blowing and metal casting. The classes formed by the combining the resources of both glass centers promises to create a diverse artistic population whose common goal is to explore glass and the creative process.
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Novie Trump is a Northern Virginia sculptor whose work is in public and private collections throughout the United States and Europe. Her ceramic sculpture has been selected for juried and invitational exhibitions and has been featured in books and publications.
She is the founder and director of Flux Studios, a studio in Mt. Rainier, MD
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Teddie Hathaway is one of our newest instructors here at the Washington Glass School. Focusing on recycled glass, which she sometimes removes from old window frames and collects from demolition sites, Teddie works at changing industrial components into things of beauty that speak to her of form, rhythm, texture and heft.
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Kirk Waldroff earned a degree in illustration at the University of Delaware. In 2004, he was juried in as a member of the Washington Printmakers Gallery. Kirk’s work has been shown at many area galleries, and was featured in the international exhibition “Glass 3”. Kirk is currently assisting with classes at the Washington Glass School, while developing techniques that combine printmaking and sculptural glass.
Debra Ruzinsky received her BA in Design from the University of California at Los Angeles, and her MFA in Glass Sculpture from RIT. She has been working in glass since 1982. She serves on the publications committee of the Glass Art Society, and was Visiting Asst. Professor of Glass at RIT for the 2008-2009 academic calendar year. Her work is part of the collection of the Seto City Museum in Seto, Japan, and the Glasmuseet Ebeltoft in Denmark, as well as the RIT Wallace Library Collection.
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Allegra Marquart has been teaching printmaking at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) for decades. Nine years ago she began to include glass as a way to strengthen and revitalize her imagery. Her glass artwork is featured at international art venues, including SOFA Chicago and Palm Beach 3.
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Tim Slagel has been an LED fanatic since getting his mom to buy him a Radio Shack grab bag in the 5th grade. Despite degrees in Engineering and work on optical data storage and digital imagers, Tim's spare time is filled designing and building gadgets that blink and glow. Since moving form Silicone Valley to Washington, DC, he has led LED project workshops for Dorkbot DC and worked with local multi-media artists to add electronics smarts and interactivity to their work.
Diane Cooper Cabe's glass portfolio comprises both sculptural and functional pieces. She began her career in glass with studies at local and national glass centers, including Washington Glass School, where she was one of the first studio artists. A Bullseye E-merge finalist, Diane's cast and fused artwork has been exhibited in local and national galleries. She is a resident artist with the Art Glass Center at Glen Echo, Maryland.
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Jennifer Lindstrom began exploring warm glass in 2001 when she enrolled in her first glass fusing class. Her love of the medium has taken her to Penland as a work study student. Her elegant and disciplined aesthetic in glass was featured in the Washington Post's Style Section.
Bert Weiss studied traditional glass painting with Albinus Elskus, and he has developed and improved his techniques for the past 40 years. Bert's work has strengthened the field of architectural art glass and he has a talent in communicating with and teaching artists just what is possible using glass. Bert often advises artists around the world on kiln form techniques and process.
Chris Shea has been a professional studio metalsmith since 1997, creating sculpture, furniture and architectural metalwork in forged steel, bronze and glass. His work is shown at Wexler Gallery in Philadelphia and has been exhibited throughout the country, most recently at SOFA Chicago through Maurine Littleton Gallery. Chris has taught at Montgomery College, Thomas Jefferson Arts Center and Snow Farm School in MA.
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Ellyn Weiss is a painter and printmaker that works in a wide variety of media. She lives in
Bethesda and has her studio in Mt. Rainier, MD. Her work is inspired by
biological forms and structures, which she finds endlessly fascinating in their
combination of sheer beauty and functionality. She was one of the founders of
Artomatic, is a member of the Board of "Art Enables", has the largest piece of
art in the DC City Hall Art Collection, and is represented by the Nevin Kelly
Gallery in Washington where her most recent show, paintings in tar,
opened in September, 2009. Ellyn is the
arts blogger known as Gessohead.org
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Jim Manning has been bending glass for 12 years, and works with DC's neon queen Marty King. Their neon studio Light’n Up Neon, is one of the areas leading neon art centers. Featured in the Washington Post, Jim has work on display at the District Fine Arts Gallery, and had an exhibition of his artwork at the Katzen Arts Center.
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