How Much Stress Can One Take?

Artist Leana Quade has video of her in Graduate school thesis project where she uses a ratchet strap to create tension, anxiety and stress (with nerves of steel) in finding how far a piece of tempered sheet glass bends before exploding. This thesis show video won 2nd place at the International Student Exhibition at the 2016 G.A.S. conference.

Release _ by LQuade from LQ on Vimeo.

Wine and Weld with Vivian Beer!

Internationally renowned artist and designer Vivian Beer won HGTV’s “Ellen’s Design Challenge Season 2”, and in August, Vivian will be coming to the Washington Glass School to help our students “push the envelope” in a very special one day class! have some wine, make some art and hang with one of television’s (and Penland’s!) most beloved designers!

Wine and Weld with Vivian Beer
Instructor: Vivian Beer
Aug. 7th


Learn how to weld your own wine rack with renowned designer/maker and winner of Ellen DeGeneres’ Design Challenge on HGTV, Vivian BeerIn this 3-hour afternoon at the Washington Glass School, we will be learning basic metal working skills such as MIG welding and texturing. You will be able to start and finish this wine rack project with no previous welding experience. And when we’re done, we’ll put our wine racks to the test with a wine tasting from a local winery! You’ll even get a wine glass of your very own design to take home with your wine rack! Bring some cool hors d’oeuvres to share with the gang and make it a party!

When : August 7th 2016
Two (2) times to pick from: 12:30 to 3:30pm or 4 to 7pm
Tuition : $300

Television host Ellen DeGeneres presents the winner of "Ellen's Design Challenge," Vivian Beer. - Photo by Courtesy of HGTV

Television host Ellen DeGeneres presents the winner of “Ellen’s Design Challenge,” Vivian Beer. – Photo courtesy of HGTV


Must be over 21 to participate and no welding experience is necessary.

This class has limited space, so if you wish to take it, please call to hold your space! 202-744-8222


American Craft Council (ACC) 2016 “Present Tense” Conference Scholarship Application


The American Craft Council announces a call for applications for student/emerging professional scholarships to attend the 2016 American Craft Council conference, “Present Tense,” on October 13 – 15 in Omaha, Nebraska.

The Council has a strong history of giving emerging makers and scholars opportunities to bring their work to the marketplace and platforms for engaging in ongoing dialogue about the future of craft.

To continue this tradition, the Council will offer $50,000 in full and partial scholarships for the “Present Tense” conference. Students enrolled in a formal university or craft school program (at both the graduate and undergraduate level), students participating in an apprenticeship/mentor program, as well as new professionals (>5 years out of school) are encouraged to apply. Full scholarships include funding for the conference registration fee ($215-$425) plus a travel and accommodation stipend. Partial scholarships provide for the registration fee and may or may not include a travel or accommodation stipend.

The deadline for all scholarship applications has been extended to Thursday, June 23rd. Applicants will be notified via email by Friday, July 8th. Recipients will be selected by a committee. Local, national, and international scholarships will be awarded.

All candidates must be:

1. A full-time student currently enrolled in an art school or university, OR participating in an apprenticeship program/working with a mentor, OR a new professional within five years of graduation. Graduate, undergraduate and post-doc students are invited to apply.
2. Must be a current member of the American Craft Council or become a member before the conference

The scholarships committee will take into consideration the following criteria when considering applicants:

1. Evidence of commitment to and interest in the craft field
2. Interest in contributing to the dialogue and scholarship of the field at large
3. Potential to benefit professionally from attendance at the conference
4. Financial need

Scholarship recipients are required to attend the entire conference. To help us ensure the ongoing improvement of the scholarship program, all scholarship winners will be required to submit a post-conference evaluation by November 11, 2016.

All applicants will be notified on or before July 8, 2016.

Details on the conference schedule and registration can be found on the registration page:

* Required

Smithsonian Renwick “Connections” Opens July 1, 2016

renwickThis summer the permanent collection returns to the Smithsonian Museum’s Renwick Gallery with a dynamic new presentation of 80+ objects celebrating craft as a discipline and an approach to living differently in the modern world.


The installation, titled “Connections” will include iconic favorites alongside new acquisitions made during the museum’s renovation, which will be displayed at the museum for the first time. Nora Atkinson, The Lloyd Herman Curator of Craft, selected the objects and conceived the innovative presentation. Atkinson’s arrangement breaks from typical display formats based on chronology or material to instead focus on the interconnectivity of objects and the overlapping stories they tell.

Steven Young Lee, "Vase with Landscape and Dinosaurs" 2014

Steven Young Lee, Vase with Landscape and Dinosaurs, 2014, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Richard Fryklund, Giselle and Ben Huberman, David and Clemmer Montague, and museum purchase through the Howard Kottler Endowment for Ceramic Art

In selecting both pioneering and contemporary pieces, Atkinson selections also explore the underlying current of craft as a balancing, humanistic force in the face of an ever-more efficiency-driven, virtual world. The exhibition highlights the evolution of the craft field as it transitions into a new phase at the hands of contemporary artists, showcasing the activist values, optimism, and uninhibited approach of today’s young artists, which in some way echoes the communal spirt and ideology of the pioneers of the American Studio Craft Movement in their heyday.


The artworks range from the 1930’s through today and span numerous media. New acquisitions such as John Grade’s Shoal (Bone Shoal Sonance), Judith Schaechter’s The Birth of Eve, Marie Watt’sEdson’s Flag, and Akio Takamori’s Woman and Child make their debut in the gallery while seminal works including Wendell Castle’s Ghost Clock, Karen LaMonte’s Reclining Dress Impression with Drapery, Albert Paley’s Portal Gates, and Lenore Tawney’s Box of Falling Stars return to view.

Americans For The Arts Convention 2016

2016 Americans for the Arts Leadership Award

2016 Americans for the Arts Leadership Award

For nearly 60 years, Americans for the Arts has convened an annual convention for arts and community leaders to network and discuss strategies for building stronger towns, counties, and cities through the arts. The Americans for the Arts annual convention opens June 17 – 19, 2016 in Boston, MA and this year’s convention explores the role of the arts in creating and sustaining healthy, vibrant, equitable communities.  The Washington Glass Studio is proud to have made the awards for the 2016 Annual Leadership Awards.

The Americans For The Arts awards are prepared for shipping.

The Americans For The Arts awards are prepared for shipping.

These awards recognize the achievements of individuals and organizations committed to enriching their communities through the arts. Honorees, including this year’s Robert E. Gard awardee, will be presented with their awards at the 2016 Annual Convention in Boston, MA.

This year’s recipients are: 

  • Brad Erickson: Alene Valkanas State Arts Advocacy Award
  • Flora Maria Garcia: Michael Newton Award
  • Barbara Goldstein: Public Art Network Award
  • Laura Perille: Arts Education Award
  • Michael Spring: Selina Roberts Ottum Award
  • Octavia Yearwood: American Express Emerging Leaders Award

“Our Leadership Award honorees have distinguished themselves as tremendous leaders and passionate advocates for the arts and arts education,” said Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts. “These leaders have implemented innovative and transformative programs to strengthen the communities they serve, and their unwavering commitment to local, state, and national support for the arts is deserving of this recognition.”

Congrats to all in advance!
For info on the Americans For the Arts Convention – click here.

To jump to the Americans for the Arts webpage – click here.

VCU Craft/Material Studies’ Sandhya Kiran Chiluvuri Independent Study

Sandhya Kiran works on her cast & fused glass in the studio

Sandhya Kiran works on her cast & fused glass in the studio

Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Craft/Material Studies student Sandhya Kiran Chiluvuri has been doing independent study at Washington Glass School. Her goal was to work with recycled glass, and she sought out eco-artist (& Washington Glass School director) Erwin Timmers.

Sandhya has been working with kiln formed float glass

Sandhya has been working with kiln formed float glass







Erwin had assigned specific projects that Sandhya has been applying a number of different techniques to broaden her knowledge of the manipulating the medium.

Sandhya exhibited her works to the Washington Glass School on Friday for a full studio critique, where all the artists commented on both their interpretation of the skills shown and her narrative presentation.

Erwin Timmers outlines his directions for Sanhya's independent study projects.

Erwin Timmers outlines his directions to the review panel of Sandhya’s independent study projects.

Bullseye Glass Reaches Agreement With Oregon DEQ: Glass Will Flow!

Our long national nightmare is over.

Bullseye Glass Co. has signed an agreement with the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. The Mutual Agreement and Order (MAO) signed today allows Bullseye (BE) to continue the process, started in February, of installing emissions control technology on their factory furnaces.

A pilot emissions control system (baghouse) is already in place, which allows BE to make limited quantities of reds, oranges, and yellows. Starting in mid-July, BE has announced plans to bring a second baghouse online, which should allow the factory to resume making most other styles in limited quantities.

According to the BE release, inventory of many styles will remain low until after BE has a third, larger system installed and operational in August.

At that time, Bullseye hopes to return to previous production and staffing levels.

addendum June 8, 2016: 

In the good news, bad news realm: The good news is that both Bullseye and Uroboros have reached an agreement with the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and are moving toward putting filters on their furnaces so they can get back to making glass full time. For the bad news -Bullseye Glass advises that a price increase is on the way. Effective August 1st, Bullseye will increase glass prices a hefty 12.5%. That will likely make the retail price of some of their gold glasses exceed $350 per sheet. Evidently the price increase is across the line, even extending to Tekta clear, which wasn’t impacted by the environmental issues. 

Happy to see the companies take steps not to pollute – but its gonna cost ya.

Art Hamptons June 23 – 26, 2016


Positioned to launch the summer season, the leading modern and contemporary art fair, Art Hamptons 2016 opens Thursday, June 23 and runs through Sunday, June 26. Held annually, the fair presents 70+ dealers featuring works of art in Bridgehampton – one of the most exclusive neighborhoods in the Hamptons.arthamptons

Michigan’s Habatat Galleries invites all to come and visit booth #200 at Art Hamptons in Bridghampton New York!

Habatat Galleries will be featuring the artwork of Michael Janis, Toots Zynsky, Daniel Clayman, Howard Ben Tré, Vivian Wang, Hiroshi Yamano, Loretta H Yang, Colin Reid, Michael Glancy, Leah Wingfield, Tim Tate, Emily Brock, Debora Moore, Laszlo Lukacsi, and Marlene Rose.

The Habatat booth will be front row center and Habatat has complimentary tickets to the event – contact the gallery for more information.

Art Hamptons

June 23-26th at 900 Lumber Lane, Bridgehampton, NY 11932