29 June 2009

The Washington Glass Studio is in the process of creating a major outdoor sculpture to be situated in front of the refurbished Prince George's County Courthouse in Upper Marboro, MD.
The historic 1939 courthouse was destroyed by fire in 2004, with the building's bell tower sent crashing to the ground. In 2008, the restoration was complete of the courthouse interior, and the building committee selected the Washington Glass Studio (with artist Alonzo Davis) to design an outdoor sculpture to commemorate the restoration.
The concept was to refurbish the original bell tower structural frame and copper dome, infilling the openings with cast recycled glass. The interior of the cupola would feature a neon outline of the original bell, and the images cast glass would be images of the court and legal system. The concept and preliminaries have all been approved by the building committee. The structural steel work and restoration of the original copper has been completed, and the main component has been located on site in Upper Marboro. The cast glass should be started in the next month, with installation soon after. Progress shots will be updated on the blog.

25 June 2009

Last LED class, this week

The last class of our LED Enlightenment series is tonight! These pictures from last week show the students hard at work, trying to make that LED light up ;)

If you look carefully, you can see our TA Dave scratching his head.

After making some "throwies" (tagging with light) they made an LED tester, and then started on an ambitious RGB color controller. We'll find out tonight how they did...

17 June 2009

Regular Time at the Glass Studio

Nicole Puzan works on a commissioned public art project.
Things have settled down a bit, Artomatic art festival is ongoing; and work on school and studio projects continues. The Food & Friends charity organization had commissioned an outdoor sculpture for their headquarters here in Washington, DC - more on this project in a separate posting.
Dan Schubmehl organizes the BE color bins.

Tim Tate and Sarah Frey catch up on studio documents.

A surprise visit by glass superstar Liz Mears!

09 June 2009

NewsCenter 8 on Artomatic

Tim Tate and Veronica Szalus talk all about Artomatic on NewsChannel8

Artomatic Event!

Workshop @ Artomatic: A Discussion Presented by the James Renwick Alliance
What Makes a Piece of Craft Art Truly Extraordinary?

Find out what Robyn Kennedy, Chief of the Renwick Gallery, Chris Shea, metal artist and blacksmith, Michael Janis, Co-Director of the Washington Glass School, and Binnie Fry, independent curator and artist advocate look for in the world of craft.

Sun Jun 14 - 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
James Renwick Alliance Education Room (4th Floor)
55 M Street, SE, Washington, DC 20003

04 June 2009

LED class kicks off

The most recent installment in our technology series was last night's LED class and it was excellent! The first session of 3 introduced the students to the world of LEDs and the endless possibilities. Guest teacher Tim Slagle showed us the breadth of his knowledge and enthusiasm, and filled the table with glowing and blinking eye candy...

03 June 2009

Stephen Beardsell Cast Glass

UK glass artist Stephen Beardsell had a workshop at the Washington Glass School this past weekend - here is the glass demo piece after the firing

02 June 2009

DCCAH seeks artwork!

Deadline: Wednesday, July 8, 2009 at 5:30pm (This is not a postmark deadline)
The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities is purchasing artwork to be part of the District of Columbia’s 2009 Art Bank Program. The Art Bank is a growing collection of moveable works funded through DC Creates Public Art Program. Works in the collection are owned by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and are loaned to other District Government agencies for display in public areas of government buildings. This collection helps preserve the city’s past and is an important legacy for future generations.
Currently, nearly 2000 artworks are on display in over 150 District government agencies. This is an opportunity for artists to exhibit their work as part of our continued commitment to
supporting our vibrant artistic community and its excellence.

The Art Bank Advisory Committee will select two-dimensional works including prints, drawings, mixed media, paintings, and photographs. The artwork submitted for consideration must be available for purchase and review (see calendar). Artwork must be created with archival materials. Works in series with smaller dimensions will also be considered. Work must have been created within the last five years to be eligible. The Commission is interested in diversity amongst its artists, images of the city and its citizens, particularly the youth.

Selection Process:
The Art Advisory Committee will view the images and make preliminary selections. Artists must deliver works identified for possible purchase to DCCAH for final review by the Art Advisory Committee (see calendar below). All applicants will be notified of final selection in writing. DCCAH will retain selected works for framing. Artists must retrieve works not selected by the committee (see calendar). DCCAH reserves the right to negotiate the purchase price or decline to purchase any artwork selected by the committee.

This competition is open to professional artists who live in the District of Columbia, Virginia and
Maryland. Preference will be given to artists who reside in the District of Columbia.

June 24, 2009 from 7-8.30pm Workshop at Artomatic to assist applicants
(55 M Street, SE; Washington D.C. 8th floor classroom
By Metro – Navy Yard Metro Station; Ballpark exit)

July 8, 2009 at 5:30pm Application Deadline
On or before July 20, 2009 Primary selection and notification
July 20-24, 2009 Drop off work (NOTE: DCCAH office is open during the
hours of 9am to 5.30pm)
July 27-31, 2009 Final selection and notification
August 2-7, 2009 Pick up work that was not accepted

For more information, contact Rachel Dickerson at (202) 724-5613.
Click HERE for DCCAH website