29 September 2010
28 September 2010
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 and has exhibited and taught across the US. Fug is member of the Glass Art Society, The International Society of Glass Beadmakers, and The Pittsburgh Craftmen’s Guild. His work is available in galleries nationwide and has been featured in numerous art magazines and publications - his glass insects are some of the finest examples of lampwork worldwide.
Inspired by nature, Fig will cover covers techniques for sculpting various insects from torchworked glass - both literal renderings of insects and more abstract interpretations.
Students will learn to work with soft glass while observing nature. Students will explore heat control, cane pulling and the basics of soft glass sculpting.
Michael Mangiafico working a demo during the recent ISGB conference in Rochester, NY.
22 September 2010
Susan’s studio is in Missouri, in an old 1930's house in downtown Columbia that she and her husband rescued from demolition. She is a 2002 recipient of Pilchuck Glass School emerging artists grant, and a Wheaton Arts fellow in fall of 2003, and most recently a resident artist at the Pittsburgh Glass Center. Susan’s work has earned numerous awards and she has work included in the permanent collection of the Carnegie Museum, Chrysler Museum, Museum of American Glass, and several others.
Susan's work will be part of a group show titled "Domesticity: How We Live" at Morgan Contemporary Glass Gallery in Pittsburgh, PA, opening in October.
Susan also has a solo show at Gallery One One titled 'Refuge' now on exhibit at Brazee Street Studios in Cincinatti, OH, with the closing reception on Oct 8th.
Ms. Glasgow is also a chair at the upcoming Pittsburgh Glass Center Benefit Auction to be held Oct. 15th in Pittsburgh, PA.
20 September 2010
The Sculptural Flamework class and the Flamework Club got a great start to the fall semester here at the Washington Glass School. Above photo shows the weekend class completely engrossed in their works in the new lampworking stations.
Instructor Robert Kincheloe has advised that there is still space available in the next beginner class coming up in October and the Club is going strong on Saturdays.
Some killer flamework classes with superstars Liz Mears and Michael "Fig" Mangiafico are coming up real soon!
17 September 2010
Come on in for the event! - A great way to meet other artists, architects and designers - @ the Light Horse Restaurant in the Old Town section of Alexandria.
What: NoVA's AIA PechaKucha 20 x 20 Night
When: September 21st
Doors open at 6:00p with presentations beginning at 7:00p
Where: Light Horse Restaurant & Bar, 715 King Street Alexandria, VA.
Enjoy food and drink and discover a fun way to share ideas and experiences as presenters illustrate something they are passionate about with only 20 images, shown for 20 seconds each. The event is free, although attendees will be purchasing their own refreshments. Reservations are not required.
14 September 2010
Nancy writes that the museum show is at Sequim's "MAC", where the letters MAC stands for "Museum & Arts Center in the Sequim-Dungeness Valley" in Washington. Nancy also advises that the correct pronunciation of Sequim is closer to "Skwim".
The Sequim show is a large show, with some 50 artists participating. Many are from Washington State, but also from Toronto, L.A., Greece,Turkey, New York, and Arizona. This exhibition is part of Washington's Glass Festival, and is accompanied with workshops and artist talks throughout the month. Some of the artists speaking include Michael Dupille and Delores Taylor.
Nancy writes that the show is well displayed and the work is quite good. They had numerous pieces of cast glass, and she sent some snaps of the exhibit.
Link to the Houston Arts Examiner article - click HERE.
13 September 2010
Tom has said of his portraits: “I always like the idea of an almost life sized image of the subject for close scrutiny and finally for the love of their humanity. I almost always come away from my portrait sessions with gratitude and affection for the subjects. They are my collaborators, my co-conspirators. I leave exhausted and dry-mouthed from talking so much; like a one night stand.”
Tom Wolff studied painting at the Art Institute of Boston and Arts Students League in New York, and studied photography at Geo. Washington University and Photoworks at Glen Echo Park. Thomas is a freelance photographer; and adjunct professor at Shepherd College (now university), Shepherdstown, W.Va. 1988-89 and at Photoworks Glen Echo Park 1977-2005. His work has been published in Washington Post Magazine, House & Garden, Garden Design, Smithsonian, Audubon, and New York Times Magazine/Sophisticated Traveler.
CENSUS: A PHOTOGRAPHIC SURVEY
Gateway Arts Center, Level 2
3901 Rhode Island Avenue
Brentwood, MD 20722
Sept 9 – Oct 29, 2010
Artist Reception: September 18, 5-8 pm
10 September 2010
Adams Morgan Day Festival — Sep 12, 2010 12:00pm to 7:00pm
The Longest Continuous Neighborhood Festival in DC! First held in 1978, this nationally known regional event showcases the international and cultural diversity and creativity that is the hallmark of Adams Morgan. This Festival celebrates the dynamism and innovation that arises from the melting pot of cultures and their interaction together.
The Adams Morgan Day Festival is characterized by two large signature music stages and other innovative & dynamic cultural, music, arts and dance activities. The famous Columbia and Florida Stages feature live music acts from all genres from Central and South America, Latin rock, salsa, jazz, to soul, funk and American rock.
Arts on Belmont (between 18th St. and Columbia Rd.)
The beautiful tree-lined Belmont block is filled with artists who work in a wide variety of styles and mediums. Glass, oils, watercolor, textiles, sculpture, and more.
The Washington Glass School will have a booth at the street fair – come on by!
09 September 2010
In-ter-sect: (in-ter-sekt) To cut across or overlap each other, to have one or more points in common.
Some of the artists exhibiting are Washington Glass School favorites, including works by:
Robert Weiner’s Colorbar Murrine Series, affords him the opportunity to experiment with color, fusing temperatures, and to express a personal style that reflects simplicity with a close attention to detail.
In her dynamic glass and mixed media creations, in which depth and contrast are dominant, Anne Elise Pemberton explores the relationship between plant, human, and atomic structures.
Nancy Weisser is an award winning multimedia artist with a focus on glass since 1980. As owner of Weisser Glass Studio, Nancy has made a substantial contribution to the dynamic growth of the Washington glass community.
Other artists in the diverse show include, Jill Tanenbaum, Judith Busby, Kari Minnick and Benjamin Bornstein.
Artist Reception, Sunday, September 12, 2010
1:30 - 3:30 pm
This must be one of the few times that one could make a better living as a glass blower, rather than as an orthopedic surgeon.
His Piano Concerto, finished in 1855, did not see the light of day until 1904, when Berwald's granddaughter Astrid performed it at a Stockholm student concert. Particularly in its last movement it may be compared to Robert Schumann or Edvard Grieg.
Berwald's music was not recognized favorably in Sweden during his lifetime, even drawing hostile newspaper reviews, but fared a little better in Germany and Austria. The Mozarteum Salzburg made him an honorary member in 1847.
When Berwald returned to Sweden in 1849, he managed a glass works at Sandö in Angermanland, owned by Ludvig Petré, an amateur violinist. During that time Berwald focused his attention on producing chamber music.
Berwald died in Stockholm in 1868 of pneumonia. The second movement of the Symphony No. 1 was played at his funeral.
Click on the YouTube link below to sample Berwald's music - his Symphony No. 3 in C Major, 'Sinfonie Singulière'.
03 September 2010
Their newest book "Art Glass Today" features a number of works by Washington Glass School artists - Erwin Timmers, Tim Tate & Michael Janis. The handsome book - edited by Jeffery Snyder - features over 60 contemporary, international glass artists and has over 350 color photos of artwork. Besides a strong showing from the Washington Glass School, a number of NCAGG artists are also included in the book.
Other notable glass artists in the book include Christopher Ries, Jamie Harris, David Reekie, and many more.
The juried exhibition was for artwork in any area of including, but not limited to, blown, cast, fused, kiln-formed, torchworked, pate de verre, stained, mosaic, and sand-carved glass.
Teddie Hathaway "WaterSong Triptych", mixed media; recycled glass and slate, 2010.
In her artist statement, Teddie talks about her love of "...the interplay of color and textures, contrasting matte finishes against glossy surfaces and opaque with clear and translucent. All of this is possible with glass, which is why I was attracted to the medium in the first place. I often use recycled glass as a major component in my work; although it can be a challenge to work with I find the transformation in this material exciting and the artwork becomes a reference to our shared environment...".
The Glass Art Festival features an array of events during the month of September. These include glass demonstrations, artist talks, workshops and glass-centric events throughout the picturesque town of Sequim, WA.
Transcendence - The Magic of Glass. MAC Exhibit Center, 175 West Cedar Street, Sequim, WA. September 1 through 25.
Congratulations Teddie on the show selection!
Click HERE to jump to pdf file of the Festival events.
01 September 2010
As part of the project, Safeway commissioned the Washington Glass Studio to integrate artwork into the architectural façade of the building. The wall of artwork will activate the street along the
The cast recycled glass and steel artwork is integrated into the architectural façade.
Over 30 feet long and 9 feet high, the glass and steel artwork will be a strong element located in
Responding to the architectural design by Rounds VanDuzer Architects the large scale artwork will feature colorful cast recycled glass made from glass salvaged from the original Safeway supermarket on the same site. Ecoartist Erwin Timmers had slogged thru the site demolition, removing glass for the artwork. Erwin's integration of reconfigured and recycled components has made him a leader in sustainable design and he continues his work in multidisciplinary LEED projects.
Cast recycled window glass sample of custom "fresh herb" design for Safeway.
Above is the "bay leaf" pattern.
UPDATE: Click HERE to jump to images of finished project.