29 January 2010

WPA "Cream" Exhibition Features DC GlassWorks Artists

Megan Van Wagoner, Comforts of Home: Potatoes, 2010
Blown Glass, White clay | 12" x 12" x 8"

Washington Project for the Arts (WPA)'s opening of its newest exhibition, Cream, is this weekend, and the show runs January 30 - March 6, 2010, at the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center.

This annual exhibition features works by more than 110 local and national artists selected by an esteemed group of eight top curators including scholars, museum directors, practitioners and collectors.

All works are on view until the WPA Annual Art Auction Gala, which will take place March 6, 2010, during which the exhibited works are available to the highest bidders.
An opening reception will be held on Saturday, January 30, 2010 from 6-9pm, along with a talk by the curators on Thursday, February 25, 2010, 6:30-9:30pm, both at the Katzen Arts Center, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW, WDC.

The 29th iteration of this exhibition highlights some of the region's most talented artists, presenting a broad range of media and styles of both new and emerging artists as well as more established career artists.

is a notable survey of contemporary art in the region and beyond, with selected works representing the cream of the crop and the talent of the artists included that rose above thousands of others viewed during the curatorial process.

"We are tremendously pleased with the participating curators and their art selections - the work is fresh and exciting, and there are artists with long-standing ties to WPA as well as new names that the curators are introducing to the public," said Lisa Gold, WPA's Executive Director.

Four artists (
David D'Orio, Joseph Corcoran, Steven Jones, and Megan Van Wagoner) of DC GlassWorks created special glass sculptures for the Art Auction Gala. These pieces will be featured in the museum exhibition and on the dining tables during the auction event, and are available for bid. Click HERE to see the WPA link on these works.

Joseph Corcoran, Direction, 2010
Glass and steel | 24" x 14"

Steven Jones, Dialogues IV, 2009
Bronze, Glass, Steel, Aluminum | 18" x 8" x 6"

Dave D'Orio, Organ Model: B12.A6.Y6, 2010
Glass, steel | 30" x 30" x 24"

photography by Anything Photographic

27 January 2010

Washington Glass Seeks Studio Coordinator

Studio Coordinator Position Open

The Washington Glass School has an immediate opening for a Studio Coordinator in its Mount Rainier, MD location. Founded 8 years ago, this is one of the busiest studios on the east coast. We are not only an educational venue, but we are the home of many successful independent artists as well. We also work heavily with large scale public art projects.

The successful candidate will have many of the following traits:

  • Extremely organized and punctual
  • Ability to move from one project to the next very quickly
  • Be a self starter and able to work independently
  • Skills in sculpting clay would be helpful…..as well as skills in computer work, administrative paper work, warm glass, shipping and delivery
  • Comfortable with people and able to possibly teach classes in future.

Duties will include:

  • Daily studio clean-ups
  • Working with plaster, lost wax, warm glass
  • Installing sculptural work
  • Assisting/coordination or taking over some classes
  • Coordinating kiln use and kiln schedules
  • Review studio material use
  • 100 things that might come up….and do.

What we offer:

  • To learn numerous methods of relating to glass and sculpture (all classes are free to you)
  • Free studio space to work on your warm glass
  • $10 an hour to start
  • The ability to see how a very successful sculpture studio operates.
  • Many gallery and show opportunities.
  • The ability to become part of a much larger community
  • Mentoring for your career as an artist.

This is a great opportunity for someone who would like to further their sculpture or glass career……and to join one of the most successful teams in the region. Please email Tim Tate at TimTateGlass@aol.com .

Washington Glass School
3700 Otis St.
Mt. Rainier, Md. 20712

26 January 2010

Petrovic / Russell-Pool Artwork Available

Marc Petrovic and Kari Russell-Pool honored at the Smithsonian American Art Museum's Renwick Gallery in Washington, DC.

The James Renwick Alliance "Distinguished Artists" series featured Marc Petrovic and Kari Russell -Pool, with a presentation of the two artists at the Smithsonian American Art Museum's Renwick Gallery this past week. As part of the event, artwork by Marc and Kari were on exhibit. Mark and Kari will be offering one of their works to be included in the upcoming James Renwick Alliance auction that will be part of DC Craft Week this April 20-25.

Exhibit of Petrovic and Russell-Pool in the glass gallery.

Some of the Marc Petrovic's fantastic work that was on exhibit at the glass gallery is available for purchase:

Marc Petrovic
Blown Glass
$ 5,000

Source Of Her Fears
Marc Petrovic
Blown and Etched Glass

Source Of Her Fears (detail)
Marc Petrovic
Blown and Etched Glass

If interested, contact the Washington Glass School
Gallery - (202) 744.8222

Kari Russell-Pool & Marc Petrovic Demos

The James Renwick Alliance hosted the demo at DC Glassworks.

The dynamic duo that is Kari Russell-Pool and Marc Petrovic worked their magic this past weekend, giving demonstrations of their intensely beautiful glass techniques, and illustrated how the two artists work with and inspire each other.
Performing the demos at DC GlassWorks, and talking at the Smithsonian's Renwick Gallery, the husband and wife artists are the Nick and Nora of glass.

Marc dazzled the audience with his incredibly detailed and stunning blowing abilities, creating a life sized striped bass that seemed to be stopped in midair leap and one of his famous birds.

Catching the fish with fireproof gear.

Kari made a number of her delicate lampworked flowers and showed how she creates the lace-like forms in glass.

Marc watches Kari assemble a flower.

A big thank you to the JRA for organizing the talk and show, and to DC GlassWorks for hosting the demos.

24 January 2010

Images from Miami International Art Fair 2010

Alida Anderson Art /Projects Gallery space at MIA 2010

Opening on January 06, 2010, the Miami International Art fair (MIA) and a number of Washington Glass School artist were featured and did exceptionally well. The art fair, held at the Miami Convention Center, showcased the WGS artists in "The Next Generation Pavilion" a curated section of young artists who are emerging on the global arts scene. The invitational pavilion showcases artists exploring art and culture using a wide range of innovative media including electronic installations, video, light and sound as well as more traditional materials. Represented by Alida Anderson Art and Projects Gallery, each of the WGS artists had tremendous interest and sales!

Here are some images of the pavilion:
Tim Tate's electronic and glass artworks generated both sales and museum interest.
Tim Tates videos contained within his reliquaries were also projected on the wall - this one stars WGS artist Kirk Waldroff - whose cast glass prints are showing at NOVA's Waddell Art Gallery.
Anne Plant's layered landscapes sold out - Well done Anne!

22 January 2010

Renwick curator Nicholas Bell on the Tim Tate aquisition

Nicholas Bell, curator of the Renwick Gallery, a branch of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, said the recent acquisition of a multi-media work by Washington Glass School director Tim Tate represented a big step for an institution dedicated to showcasing one-of-a-kind handmade pieces because it includes an industrially made video screen as one of several elements.
“To accession an object that includes mass-manufactured technology is huge for us,” Bell told the Hot Sheet in a telephone interview. “It allows us to take the conversation about how craft interacts with a digital society to a new level as people get to experience Oracle in our gallery.”

Tim Tate, Oracle, 2009. Blown and cast glass, electronics, original video. H 16, W 8, D 8 in.
photo: Anything Photographic

For the full story- click on this link to The GLASS Quarterly Hot Sheet.

20 January 2010

Bullseye Video on Sheet Glass Casting

Hot shop images to warm a cold January day.
Click on image below to jump to BE video link of how they cast sheet glass

Bullseye Glass Co. Sheet Glass Casting

19 January 2010

Call for Applicants: Torpedo Factory

Visiting Artist Program at the Torpedo Factory Art Center

Deadline: February 28, 2010

The Torpedo Factory Art Center in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia has opportunities for one, two, or three-month residencies between June 1 and August 31, 201.

Visiting Artists will be provided with studio workspace, and will be able to display and sell original work to the public.
Click HERE to download the prospectus and application form .
There is no application fee. The deadline for application is February 28, 2010.

Juror: Jack Rasmussen, Director and Curator of the American University Museum at the Katzen Art Center.

Send questions to: vap@torpedofactory.org. No telephone calls please

18 January 2010

Photo Emulsion Transfer Class Photos

Alison & Pete Duvall's class in polaroid - type emulsion transfer process was a big hit in the fall class sessions. The workshop on photographic imagery transfer had everyone in the class integrating their imagery onto glass - here are some photos of the class.

Pete & Alison's daughter Zoe was the teaching assistant - shown here manipulating the emulsion from the backing.
All photos by Anything Photographic.
This class is part of the winter session as well - click HERE for more info.

14 January 2010

Art Palm Beach Opens

Tim Tate
Longing For A Hundred Years

Blown and Cast Glass, Electronic Components, Video

Art Palm Beach opens tonight! Tim Tate is featured at Philadelphia's Projects Gallery booth.

Celebrating its 13th anniversary, Art Palm Beach is a dynamic event in America’s premier winter destination, hosting international galleries presenting contemporary art, photography, video, installation art, public sculpture, and design.

Art Palm Beach January 14-19, 2010

12 noon – 7 p.m.
(til 6 p.m. on the 19th)

LOCATION: Palm Beach County Convention Center

650 Okeechobee Boulevard

West Palm Beach, Florida 33401

13 January 2010

Gateway Arts - Call for Exhibition Proposals

Call For Exhibition Proposals
M-NCPPC Gateway Arts Center Gallery

APPLICATION DEADLINE – February 28, 2010

The Gateway Arts Center is a dynamic space dedicated to presenting and promoting the visual arts, located Brentwood, Maryland. In addition to the M-NCPPC, the center is home to a dozen artists’ studios, a gallery operated by the Gateway CDC, and the Prince George’s
African American Museum & Cultural Center. The Maryland-National Capital Park & Planning Commission occupies approximately one quarter of the building, in which we feature a gallery, a contemporary craft showcase, and an arts class/meeting room. It is a place for people of all ages to meet, engage and learn about challenging art, purchase one- of-a-kind craft objects, and explore new talents.


The art gallery is approximately 1,300 square feet. It features high, open ceilings, track lighting, and pristine white walls.

This call is open to all artists and curators who are 18 years of age or older.

Each application should include:

• An artist/curatorial statement that is no longer than one page.

• A résumé or Curriculum Vitae

• A CD/DVD containing 15-20 images of work samples; OR 2-5 segments of audio and/or video, each no longer than five minutes in duration; OR an appropriate combination of images, video, audio and web-based work.

• A list of works/images that includes titles, media, size, and dates created.

• An SASE for the return of materials. Materials will not be returned unless an SASE with adequate postage is provided.


Attn: Gateway Arts Center
Arts & Cultural Heritage Division, M-NCPPC 7833 Walker Dr. Suite 430 Greenbelt, MD 20770


Effort will be made to review all submissions, regardless of format. However, please be aware that incompatible files may cause submissions to be rejected. Applicants are encouraged to format files as described below.

• No image or text files should be larger than 1MB.

• Image files should be formatted only as jpeg, tiff, gif, or png.

• Video and audio submissions may be submitted as a DVD, or on a CD and formatted as Quicktime, Windows Media, .wav, or .mpeg files, as appropriate.
• Name each file: “last name” underscore “document” Example: jones_worksamplelist.pdf.
• Name image files similarly, but begin with a two-digit number that corresponds with the Work Sample List: Example: 01_jones_untitled.jpg

• Web-based work may be submitted as a URL listed in the work sample list. Web-based art is work of a nature such that it’s only appropriate manifestation is online. A portfolio website that features audio/video art and/or still images is NOT web-based art.


Proposals will be reviewed by the M-NCPPC Gateway Arts Center Gallery Committee during March 2010. Selected artists will be notified shortly thereafter.


When possible, the M-NCPPC will provide for handling and transportation for artwork within the Washington, DC region using M-NCPPC staff and vehicles. Exhibitions will be installed and removed by M-NCPPC staff unless the nature of the work requires special assistance. Artworks should be properly presented and ready to install when they are delivered.


The M-NCPPC will retain a 25% commission on all art works sold during, or as a result of the exhibition. M-NCPPC will be responsible for the safekeeping of all consigned artworks while they are in the custody of the Brentwood Art Center.


If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact:

Phil Davis, Assistant Director, Gateway Arts Center
tel. 301-277-2863; tty. 301-446-6802; fax. 301-277-2865

Gateway Arts District 'Call for Entries'

Call for Entries:
Artists of the Gateway Arts District
A Juried Exhibition
Application deadline: January 29, 2010 - 5:00pm
All submissions must be received by 5:00pm on Friday, January 29.

  • Application deadline: January 29, 2010.
  • Notification of selected works: February 9, 2010
  • Artwork drop-off period: February 23-24, 2010
  • Opening Reception and Center Grand Opening: March 19, 2010
  • Exhibition Closes: April 10, 2010
  • Artwork pick-up period: April 12-13, 2010


The M-NCPPC occupies approximately one quarter of the Gateway Arts Center, in which we feature a gallery, a contemporary craft showcase, and an arts classroom. The art gallery is approximately 1,300 square feet. It has high, open ceilings, track lighting, and pristine white walls.


F. Lennox Campello is one of the Mid Atlantic's best known arts personalities. Educated in art at the University of Washington School of Art, Campello is a widely published freelance art critic, a curator with more than one hundred exhibitions under his belt, an award winning artist, a radio and TV personality often heard on NPR, the Voice of America, and MHZ TV's "ArtsMedia News", a former and charter Associate Dealer for Sothebys.com, and one of the internet's seminal visual arts bloggers. His Daily Campello Art News (dcartnews.blogspot.com) is one of the web's earliest and most popular art blogs with nearly a million visitors a year. Campello is also the co-founder of the Fraser Galleries of Washington, DC and Bethesda, Maryland, which he co-owned for ten years until 2006.


This call-for-entries is open to all artists 18 years old or older who live, work, or have studios in the Gateway Arts District in Prince George’s County, that includes Mt. Rainier, Brentwood, North Brentwood, and Hyattsville, MD.

Due to space limitations and the high volume of traffic expected at the grand opening events, only 2-D and wall-mounted 3-D work will be considered.


Materials should be submitted by mail or delivered in person. We can not accept submissions via email. Please send:

A CD/DVD containing images and/or segments of audio/video, each no longer than five minutes in duration.

Artists may submit a maximum of 3 art works for consideration.

All works must be original (no reproductions.)

A printed list of the works submitted, with titles, media, and dimensions.

if you would like your materials returned, please include an SASE.


Effort will be made to review all submissions, regardless of format. However, applicants should be aware that incompatible files may cause submissions to be rejected. Applicants are encouraged to format files as described below.

All materials should be clearly labeled with the artist’s name.

Name each file according to the following format: “last name” underscore “document”. Example: jones_statement.pdf.

Please number each image file corresponding to the work sample list, the following format: Example: 01_jones_untitled.jpg.

Image files should not be larger than 1MB., and should be formatted as jpeg, tiff, or png.

Video and audio submissions may be submitted as a DVD, or on a CD and formatted as Quicktime, Windows Media, .wav, or .mpeg files, as appropriate.

Text files must be compatible with Microsoft Office 2003.


Artists are responsible for transporting work to and from the gallery. Art work must be delivered ready to hang and appropriately presented. Art works that differ significantly from the images submitted for judging may be rejected. We invite you to deliver your work in person. If you need to ship the work, please call us to let us know what arrangements you have made.

The exhibition will be installed and dismantled by M-NCPPC staff unless the nature of the work requires special assistance.


The M-NCPPC will retain a 25% commission on all art works sold during, or as a result of the exhibition. M-NCPPC will be responsible for the safekeeping of all consigned artworks while they are in the custody of the Brentwood Art Center or while being handled by authorized M-NCPPC staff, from the agreed delivery date through the agreed removal date.

Send Materials To:

Arts & Cultural Heritage Division, M-NCPPC

7833 Walker Dr. Suite 430

Greenbelt, MD 20770

If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact:

Phil Davis, Assistant Director, Gateway Arts Center

tel. 301-277-2863; tty. 301-446-6802; fax. 301-277-2865


12 January 2010

Liz Mears at BAGI Auction

Elizabeth Ryland Mears is one of the Glass School’s favorite flameworkers. Working from her studio in the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, VA, Liz creates some of the most beautiful, evocative and lyrical sculptures.
Building upon a successful career in flat glass, which included teaching techniques in such places as the Smithsonian Institution, Liz began to focus exclusively on flameworking in 1993. She works with clear borosilicate glass and incorporates colored glass either as surface treatment or color inclusions. In addition, she utilizes sandblasting, kiln fired surface paints, and gold leaf to create depth in her pieces, which range from large sculptures to functional items.
Liz is part of the Illinois Wesleyen University exhibition of glass art "A Survey of Contemporary Flameworking 2010," which features artwork by 17 artists from around the world, which runs through Feb. 4, 2010.

Liz Mears’ artwork will also be part of California’s Bay Area Glass Institute (BAGI) auction, along with Mark Abildgaard, Larry Cazes, Paul Cunningham, John De Wit, Kathleen Elliot, Rudy Faulkner, Shaun Griffiths, Martin Janecky, Michael Janis, Susan Longini, Chris Moore, Mark Murai, Jay Musler, Jeff Owen, David Patchen, Marc Petrovic, Sabrina Knowles and Jenny Pohlman, Deva Priya, Richard Royal, Ethan Stern, Toland Sand, Chuck Savoie, Jon Scally, Jonathon Schmuck, Hiroshi Yamano and more.

The Bay Area Glass Institute's (BAGI) Ninth Annual 2010 Great Glass Auction, will be held on Saturday, February 6, 2010 from 5:30-10:00 p.m., at the Fourth Street Summit Ballroom, in San Jose, California.The BAGI Annual Benefit supports emerging glass artists, students and public glass art education

Bay Area Glass Institute
401 East Taylor St, Suite 115, San Jose, CA 95112

PREVIEW: Friday, February 5, 2010 / 6:00-9:00 pm
Fourth Street Summit Ballroom, San Jose, CA
AUCTION: Saturday, February 6, 2010 | 5:30-10:00 pm

A highlight of the Auction evening will be the announcement of the prestigious Saxe Fellowship Award for outstanding craftsmanship and achievement in glass chosen in a juried competition.
The Saxe Fellowship jurors this year are: Maureen Littleton, director of the Washington D.C’s Maurine Littleton Gallery; Micaela Van Zwoll, founder and director of the San Francisco-based Micaela Gallery; and, world renowned collector Dorothy Saxe of San Francisco, CA.

For more info about the BAGI Auction, click HERE.

Click HERE for the Bay Area Glass Institute website.

11 January 2010

James Renwick Alliance Distinguished Craft Artist Program

The husband-wife artist team of Marc Petrovic and Kari Russell-Pool will be featured as the first JRA Distinguished Artist Program for 2010, with a day long demo on Saturday January 23 and a talk at the Smithsonian's Grand Salon at the Rewnwick Gallery on Sunday, January 24.

Marc Petrovic top, Kari Russel-Poolbottom
Kari Russell-Pool and Marc Petrovic have been working as studio artists since their graduation from the Cleveland Institute of Art in, respectively, 1990, and 1991. Marc makes pieces that are predominantly glass but also contain wood and metal components. Kari is primarily a flame worker. She creates form from pattern with a technique she developed on her own. Although Marc and Kari strive to retain their individual work and approach, they have collaborated, to a greater or lesser extent, since college.
Kari Russell-Pool top , Marc Petrovic bottom
Each offers insight and suggestions on the other’s work. The collaboration between the two artists most often incorporates Marc’s blown birds into Kari’s structures. In an unusual approach to flame working, Kari melts and pulls all her glass rods from the same glass furnace that Marc uses to sculpt his components. This allows for compatibility between the blown glass birds and the flame-worked structures. Flame workers seldom use soft glass in large-scale work. This glass does not take the stress of torch work well but does allow a greater range of color variation as well as the unique ability to be fused with furnace-blown components.
Both have taught at the Penland School of Crafts and The Studio at Corning, and have conducted numerous workshops both at home and abroad.
The James Renwick Alliance will host the two artists in a demo on Saturday, Jan. 23rd from 10 am to 3 pm, held at our sister school location, DC Glassworks. The cost is $55 payable to the James Renwick Alliance. Click HERE for more info about the demo and tickets from the JRA.

Click HERE for more info about the James Renwick Alliance.

Click HERE for info about the Smithsonian Renwick Gallery calendar of events (scroll down for talk details).

Glass Studio Intern Position Available

Intern Sought: A terrific opportunity to work with and learn from one of the leading area glass art studios!

Intern position is open at the Washington Glass School & Studio. We have been in operation for 8 ½ years, and have grown into one of the largest warm class studios on the country. We offer classes in a variety of unusual techniques in glass and metal; we work on many large scale public sculptures and have many internationally known artists working out of this studio.

We are seeking a motivated someone to help out 2 days during the (M-F) week. This is a great opportunity to get free classes and learn the basics of glass casting/fusing and running a large scale art studio. The studio and school is a very busy place - the ideal candidate would be able to come by one or two days a week and can help with the studio coordination, cleaning and office work.

In exchange we offer the chance to become a member of an award winning team, to learn some of the cutting edge techniques……to grow as an artist. It’s a chance to get the experience for work/exchange rather than paying for it.

If interested, please call Tim Tate at 202-744-8222.

Artist Studio Space available in Rockville's VisArts Center

VisArts at Rockville announces the availability of two studios for Resident Artists, beginning January, 2010. Currently, VisArts houses twelve artists working with a variety of media. To continue this commitment to professional artists, VisArts is searching for exceptional artists that are interested in pursuing their creative process, while interacting with the public. The range of media will include, but not be limited to: acrylic and watercolor painting, wood, ceramics, photography, sculpture, jewelry, glass, mixed media, fiber, and media arts.

Each studio is 188 square feet or more. Studio rents are $15.00 per square foot on an annual basis. Additional charges include: utilities, janitorial and common area maintenance; insurance and marketing fees. All terms of the lease will be given at the time of acceptance. VisArts reserves the right to change prices and any other conditions by sending written notice prior to the period in which the changes would go into effect. The artist-in-residence studios are intended both for making art and the sale of works by the resident artists. VisArts takes no commission from the artists’ work sold in the studios.

VisArts offers all juried artists paid teaching opportunities at VisArts with community partnerships, its highly successful summer arts camp program, its mentorship program for High School students, and exhibition-related programming.

A panel of jurors will evaluate applications and work samples. VisArts’ juried artists’ status and all its benefits are valid for a term of three years from the date of jury selection.

Facts about VisArts:

VisArts at Rockville is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization located in Rockville, MD, with a mission to develop a passion for the visual arts, foster creative activity, and expand artistic knowledge through exemplary education, exhibition, and community outreach programs serving children and adults.

VisArts is a 28,000 square foot building, adjoining the Rockville Town Square, containing:*A retail shop on the ground floor;*3 exhibition galleries;*Children’s discovery center;*Artists-in-Residence studios;*2500 square-foot event/conference room;*Classroom studios offering workshops in: glass, wood, printmaking, drawing and painting, photography and the digital arts.

Location *New Town Center, Rockville Maryland www.rockvillemd.gov for the webcam

*City-suburban location on the Metro Red line, accessible by bus and car as well.

*Surrounded by a regional public library, restaurants and retail shops.

For more information:

Stacy Sklaver, President, Art Matters