Artists from the Washington Glass School are working together on a collaborative outdoor artwork to commemorate our 10th year anniversary.Artists, instructors, teaching assistants, and friends of the glass school are helping create a wall installation that, while being a singular work of art, expresses the individuals that make up the glass school. This weekend, the glass school held a "play date" to get many of the school's artists together to make the artwork and have a great time socializing. Here are some pix from the day: Laurie Brown working with recycled glass. Leslie Beil working on her design. Kay Janis gets extra special attention from the instructor. She also gets points for wearing earrings made from "panda-glass" (the remnants from the dichroic glass that was used in the making of the Washington, DC Commission on the Arts 2004 public art project "Pandamania" - where the Glass School had made a glass mosaic covered panda that sat in front of the Corcoran Gallery of Art.)
Anne Plant carefully aligns her glass elements prior to fusing. Erwin Timmers works with recycled elements to reference ...recycling. Some of the tiles after fusing. The installation of the exterior grids will happen at the school's anniversary date. More images of the panels will be added as we continue with the making of the artwork - the fun will be the guessing on which artist made which panel.
The Washington Glass School is a unique educational program in the Nation's Capital area, operating as the sculptural glass education, artistic and community center and resource for the mid-Atlantic region, serving students, artists and the general public. It encourages research and exploration of new techniques in all aspects of glass (blown, cast, fused, cold worked) as well as other media such as steel, ceramics, lighting and concrete. Our goal is to introduce artists in other media to the depth, processes and joys of glass to enhance their work.