|"Facture" exhibit at Bullseye Gallery, Portland.|
in Emeryville, CA.
|Rob Kincheloe gets close to the critter.|
|After annealing, the bug was filled with plasma and charged.|
|The installed sculpture at Smith Farm|
The students were from Georgetown University and Residents from the Fort Lincoln Clinic. The resulting glass and steel sculpture was exhibited at Smith Center Gallery.
|Michael & Christina Bothwell: TLF.|
|The Washington British Embassy hosted the signing of the US/UK Friendship Agreement. L-R Chief Executive of Sunderland City Council Dr David Smith and Washington, DC Mayor Vincent C. Gray|
|Professors Tate and Janis at UK's Washington Old Hall, ancestral home of US President George Washington.|
|Sunderland Uni has a world class glass facility.|
|DC's Fulbright duo teach at Creative Cohesion.|
|The artists celebrate at London's Affordable Art Fair.|
|Jeffrey Sarmiento, Kevin Petrie and Michael Janis|
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|"Jazz Man" tops the refurbished Howard Theater.|
At the opening, Sean was interviewed by National Public Radio (NPR).
Erwin Timmers was one of the 121 featured artists at the 30th Annual Smithsonian Craft Fair.
|Erwin Timmers and Mick Coughlin set up at the National Building Museum.|
|Space Shuttle Discovery does a low flyover the Washington Glass School in April.|
|Tim Tate's glass and video sculptures received the "Critics Award" at Habatat Galleries 40th Annual International exhibit in Michigan.|
May started off running with Glass Art Magazine having an article about Erwin Timmers eco-glass and a cover story about Michael Janis' frit powder drawings - creating a publishing two-fer! The magazine also late ran a special online feature about Tim Tate & Michael Janis' Fulbright adventures.
Some great photos by Pete Duvall of Anything Photographic filled the 10 pages of articles about Erwin and Michael.
|The design concept for the LOC Adams building doors.|
|Rubber mold from one of the LOC sculptures.|
|Dave D'Orio's artwork awarded by the JRA.|
|Sean Hennessey's artwork awarded by the JRA|
2012 was anniversary year marking the start of the American Studio Glass Movement in 1962. A number of shows were held this summer to give some insight into how the art form has changed during the past 50 years. In the arty city of Asheville, NC, Bender Gallery showcased Erwin Timmers, and Asheville's Blue Spiral 1 hosted a show about the next generation of glass artists (including Christina Bothwell, Thor & Jennifer Bueno, Susan Taylor Glasgow, Sean Hennessey, Michael Janis, Marc Petrovic, Tim Tate and others).
|Marc Petrovic demo's at GAS|
|Laura Donefer works the runway.|
[Outgoing GAS President] Jeremy Lepisto's gang did a spectacular job! and Laura Donefer's fashion show blew me away!"
|Sean Hennessey gets serious at the LOC.|
|The panel molds are cleaned in the studio.|
The Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Museum opened its spectacular "Craft Futures - 40 Under 40" exhibit. 40 under 40:Craft Futures features forty artists born since 1972, the year the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s contemporary craft and decorative arts program was established at the Renwick.
|Matt Szosz at the opening of 40 Under 40.|
This show generated many discussions on how craft is no longer a part of the "apprentice to a master" world, and is one where the young students wish not to be tied to any one
|Audrey Wilson models the latest in cold shop fashion.|
|Elegance comes to the Glass School.|
Audrey soon was teaching classes at the Glass School, and her accessible and welcoming teaching style won over many of the artists at the studio.
In August, the Brentwood Arts Exchange (part of Maryland's Prince George’s Parks and Recreation) held part of its summer Creative Expressions Camp encouraging the kids to explore a variety of artistic media as well as contemporary reading and writing activities around such themes as animals, nature, and adventure.
The studio was overrun with kids, all eager to try working in glass. Some showed an intuitive knack for the craft - Who knows where these young artists will take the medium and artworld as they grow up!
Ceramic artist Novie Trump worked in the studio, working to incorporate glass into a commissioned artwork piece. Novie wanted to make an illuminated hive for an installation of ceramic bees. Novie made a number of fused glass alternates and presented to the client - a trendy restaurant in Georgetown.
Ultimately, however, the architect selected a ceramic version for the installation. We will get her to glass somehow, we will not surrender.
|An impressive steed. And a handsome horse too. Michael Janis as a Beltway Cowboy.|
|Then & Today|
Left inset: Engraving (ca. 1860) of battlefield site where Joshua Barney fell by Benson Lossing in "Field Book of the War of 1812 " ; Right: Washington Glass School on the same site. Over the past 200 years, the topography has been modified and changed tremendously - the creek now flows under the concrete pathway opposite the Glass School.
|Penland School of Craft Auction Tent, 2012|
|Michael Sherrill's incredible studio|
The group visited the artist studios of Hoss Haley, Michael Sherrill, Dan Essig, Christina Cordova & Pablo De Soto and Stoney Lamar.
|Glass artist Beth Lipman with Susan and Fred Sanders at Penland.|
|Carol Trawick, David D’Orio & Catherine Leggett. Photo: Bethesda Urban Partnership|
|Toots Zynsky, William Warmus, Matthew Szösz at Smithsonian Renwick lecture.|
|William Warmus takes photos of Erwin Timmers' artwork.|
The month of September is usually the start of the exhibition season - and this one did not disappoint.
|Detail from Sean Hennessey's "Finding The Right Key"|
Sean Hennessey opened his solo show at the District's 410Goodbuddy Gallery.
Based on Alice In Wonderland, Sean's work in the show: Reimagining Alice incorporates cast glass that was painted with concrete and integrates videos, LEDs, EL panels and other media that pulls traditional glass into new realms.
Tim Tate and Marc Petrovic also had openings in September - at Arizona's Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum. Under the title "Glass Secessionism", the show opened to record crowds.
Nancy Donnelly's solo show at Foundry Gallery included her "Glass Bouquets" that art critic Lenny Campello described as an update to the Washington Color School saying "... [Nancy's] new work takes the color stripes from the canvas of the 1960s giants of DMV painting and re-invents it in a fresh new approach to a 21st century dialogue in glass and concrete".
|Tim Tate teaching at Penland School of Craft|
|Sean Hennessey explains the dry plaster casting process.|
November started with the big show in Chicago - SOFA!
|SOFA Opening Night at Chicago's Navy Pier|
|Allegra Marquart's panels on exhibit at Maurine Littleton.|
|Michael Janis' works were huge!|
|Tim Tate's works at Habatat Galleries space.|
Upon return to Washington, DC - the setup of shows continued, as artists from the Washington Glass School were featured in the special exhibit on the 50th Anniversary of Studio Glass at the Washington Craft Show.
|Visitors gather around Joan Falconer Byrd, author of the new book "Harvey K Littleton: A Life in Glass". Ms Byrd was one of the show's speakers at the event. She was one of the first students in the Toledo workshops and was Professor of Art at Western Carolina University.|
|Historical works by some of the Studio Glass Pioneers were featured.|
|Art Miami's Aqua show brought throngs.|
|Audrey Wilson showing at Alida Anderson Art Projects space at Aqua|
Audrey did very well, selling a major work to a NYC collector and a museum has asked about having her work for an upcoming art exhibit - awesome!
Everyone at the Washington Glass School sends a big THANK-YOU to all for the love & support this past year...
So - should one survive the Zombie Mayan Long Count Armageddon -
Whats coming up in 2013?
We can divulge some news scoops for the coming year -
Michael Janis will be the Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass (AACG) calender boy for the month of January, as the "Artist of the Month". January... starts the year off right...
Artomatic is planning to host a variation of the Glass 3 (the international exhibition US & UK artists) however, this year, it will be an international Glass + Ceramics showcase at downtown DC's Edison Gallery - the month of March is being blocked out for the opening, gallery talks, workshops, and events.
Glassweekend will take place at New Jersey's WheatonArts this coming June 7,8,9, 2013. The international symposium of contemporary glass will have demos by Beth Lipman, Davide Salvadore, Hiroshi Yamano; the keynote speaker will be Judith Schaecter.
Best Wishes to all for the Coming New Year!