New Class – Just Added! Mirroring on Glass

Through The Looking Glass

If you have ever gazed into a mirror and wondered how exactly does a sheet of glass become such a stunning reflective surface, then I invite you to journey down the rabbit hole into the seductive world of mirrored glass. This class will demystify the mirroring process without losing any of the magic, allowing each student the opportunity to create their own mirrored object.  This two-day workshop will cover some simple chemistry, glass preparation and handling, chemical application and teamwork.

Flat glass will be available, however feel free to bring a small clear or transparent colored glass vessel such as a bottle, vase or dish, the cleaner the better. On the other hand – please bring clothes to get dirty in because the chemicals can be quite messy!  See you on the other side of the looking glass! 
Our instructor is supastar Evan Morgan – he’s come back to DC teach this special class. Evan was born and raised in Hawaii but is now living outside of Athens, GA. Evan graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) with a BFA in sculpture. He was raised around the arts and by sixteen he was helping build glass shops on the outer islands with his stepfather Hugh Jenkins. Glass became not only a passion but a challenge, Evan continued to blow glass through out high school, exhibiting in Hawaii Craftsmen by 1999.

Instructor      Evan Morgan

Dates:          Sat/Sun July 20 & 21

Times:          1 pm to 6pm  on the Saturday; 1pm to 4pm on Sunday

Tuition :        $300 per student (all materials included) 
Limit 12 students 

Interested? Send an email about the mirroring class to the school:

Installation of Safeway Supermarket Public Art Project


Safeway Bethesda site construction photo August 22, 2011

posts on the Washington Glass School Blog featured the design and fabrication of Safeway supermaket’s first public art project – located here in Bethesda and created by the Washington Glass Studio.
Installation of the public artwork has begun. The cast glass panels were made from recycled glass taken from the original supermarket during the demolition phase, and the salvaged glass was cast in a bas-relief method to create translucent panels that referenced fresh herbs – perfect for a new LEED Certified building that would house the trendy Safeway supermarket.

Erwin Timmers installs the cast glass & steel panels.

Evan Morgan affixes the glass panels to the steel framework.

Interior view of the artwork – looking out towards Bradley Ave. Bethesda, MD.

The concept of the panels was to have the artwork allow openings to allow the interior and exterior blur – approx 25% of each building bay is open to allow air flow.

Hardware still-life.

Roche Constructors are the builders of the project – and they have a Safeway webcam. Click on the link and at the top is a time-lapse feature that allows one to see the project’s demo-to-current construction status. Click HERE to jump to the Roche webcam site.

UPDATE: Click HERE to jump to finished project images.

Penland Auction Makes New Record


View of Penland Auction tent. Photo by Sean Hennessey.

Penland School of Crafts
held its 26th Annual Benefit Auction this past week. The gala weekend in the North Carolina mountains featuring the sale of more than 230 works in books, clay, drawing, glass, iron, letterpress, metals, painting, photography, printmaking, textiles, and wood. The auction is one of the most important craft collecting events in the Southeast and helps support Penland’s educational programs, which have helped thousands of people to live creative lives.

Artists, Museum Directors and Curators, Collectors, and Art Aficionados were in attendance during the weekend.

Under the tent, the auctions are preceded with cocktails and dinner.

Evan Morgan and jeweler/artist Lola Brooks.

Noted wood art collector Fleur Bresler and her son Ed Bresler.

Glass artist Susan Taylor Glasgow.

Wyona Lynch-McWhite, Executive Director of the Fuller Craft Museum and glass/concrete artist Sean Hennessey.

Collectors had a chance to look thru the Penland catalog at amazing works.

This summer’s Penland Auction made a record amount of over $600,000 raised with over 550 people attending, not to mention a hundred local volunteers!

One of the highest bid pieces was Tim Tate’s “Four Seasons”….a cast glass and video series sculpture, tying the record amount for a non-commissioned with, set by Penland’s favorite potter, Cynthia Bringle.

Tim Tate’s “Four Seasons”

Showcasing the artwork during the auction.

Tim’s work on the auction screen.

Want to see a vid of the actual record-tying auction? Click on image below to watch the auction
of Tim’s artwork.