We Give Thanks….

So many things we find ourselves thankful for – our families, friends, students and instructors at the Glass School.

Many of the artists here will also be spending the holiday season working the art shows December 2 – 8, 2013.

If you are going to the art fairs at Art Basel / Art Miami – be sure to have a look at the new works by WGS artists!

Audrey Wilson will be showing via Alida Anderson Art Projects at Context Art Miami in Wynwood (booth E-82). 

Audrey Wilson

Tim Tate will be featured at Seager Gray Gallery at Context Art Miami. 

Tim Tate

Nancy Donnelly returns from a trip to Istanbul; her works on exhibit at Foundry Gallery are up til Dec 1st!

Nancy Donnelly

Erwin Timmers’ artwork is on exhibit in Baltimore’s Case[werx] Gallery in the show “Art & Function Delineated” thru Dec 21st. 

Michael Janis will be out to Chicago for set-up and the reception of the UIMA’s Ceramics/Glass exhibit. The show runs December 6 thru Feb 2, 2014.
And  let us all celebrate together!

The Washington Glass School’s Annual Holiday Open House and Sale will be soon – Saturday December 14th, from Noon til 5. Next door Flux Studios will have their open studio and 1st Annual “Cups Invitational” – make a day of it!

Drawing On Glass


Nancy Donnelly uses underglaze pencils to create fused glass drawings.

Working in the glass school, Nancy Donnelly creates fused glass drawings and sketches. Originally a painter, Nancy likes to explore ways to bring her “painterly aspects” into glass. Using underglaze crayons and pencils, Nancy works at getting a loose ‘sketch’ feel into her glass artwork.

The use of underglaze pencil allows Nancy to retain her detail and her quality of sketch in the art.

Nancy likes the expressive qualities of the sketch.
Nancy is able to capture the personality of the subject.

Examples of Nancy’s artwork can be seen in Foundry Gallery in DC’s Dupont Circle neighborhood. Nancy will have a solo show there this coming October 3 – 28th, 2012.

Foundry Gallery, 1314 18th St NW, WDC

Foundry Gallery Awards

>Foundry Gallery opened the Celebrate Gay Marriage show this past weekend – with a packed gallery and serenade of love songs performed by the Gay Men’s Chorus ‘Potomac Fever’ a capella group.
Awards for the artwork were given on Friday with awards to Stephen Honicki, Tom Hill, Susan Singer and first place award to Washington Glass School’s Michael Janis – congrats & well done all!

Still to come:
Special Free Event: Saturday, January 15, 2011, 4 pm
Well-known art historian Dr. Jonathan Katz was co-curator of the “Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture” exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery. The lecture is free to the public, but admittance will be on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The Foundry Gallery

1314 18th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036

Foundry Gallery’s "Celebrate Gay Marriage" Exhibition


The Lovers by Michael Janis
kilncast glass, steel 19″W x 37″H

photo by AnythingPhotographic

Foundry Gallery celebrates DC’s historic passage of the same-sex marriage bill with a timely show called ‘Celebrate Gay Marriage‘ in January 2011. The gallery had invited artists to submit art work for a juried show that depicts and celebrates gay marriage. Awards for the best pieces will be presented at the Opening Reception on January 7.

The gallery will present a talk titled ‘Artistic Representation of Gay Life’, by
Dr. Jonathan Katz associate Professor at the University at Buffalo, and director of its Doctoral Program in Visual Studies, as well as Guest Curator at of the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery’s (and now controversial) Hide/Seek:Difference and Desire in American Portraiture exhibit at the Smithsonian Portrait Gallery. The special guest lecture will be held at the gallery on January 15, 2011, starting at 4 pm.

The following artists were juried into the show:

David Amoroso, VA
Michael Auger, MD
Jill Bateman, MD
Kathy Blakeslee, DC
Matthew Duffy, MD
Michael Janis, DC
Michel Jantzen, DC
Rebecca Kallem, VA
Margaret Kroyer, DC
Tom Hill, MD
Stephen Honicki, NY
Julia Latein-Kimmig, MD
Mark Monteleone, NY
John Paradiso, MD
Susan Singer, VA
Bill Travis, DC
Bea Riley, MD

The Foundry Gallery
1314 18th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036

Celebrate Gay Marriage Exhibition
Exhibit Dates: January 5- Jan 30, 2011
Hours: Wednesday – Thursday 1 to 7 pm; Saturday & Sunday 12 – 6 pm

Show Dates: January 5 – 30, 2011
Opening Reception: featuring The Gay Men’s Chorus
Potomac Fever January 7, 6 – 8 pm
January 15, 4 pm talk by Dr. Jonathan Katz, co-curator of Hide/Seek

Nancy Donnelly Solo Show at Foundry Gallery


Nancy Donnelly’s new sculptures are kiln‐cast glass, frequently augmented with paint and metals in a very contemporary palette. With a background in painting and anthropology, tone of the Washington Glass School’s studio artist is focused on gesture and movement. From glass birds swooping overhead to 4‐legged work nearly walking off the pedestal, these unique pieces express character and attitude.

F o u n d r y G a l l e r y

1314 18th Street NW, 1st Floor, Washington, DC 20036

Nancy Donnelly

Situations Made Visible

Exhibit Dates: December 1 — January 2

Reception: Friday, December 3, 6—8 pm

Artist talk: Sunday, December 12, 2-4 pm

Hours: Wednesday‐Friday, 1‐7 pm & Saturday‐Sunday, 12‐6 pm

From Foundry Gallery’s website:

Nancy Donnelly’s glass sculptures all in one way or another address issues of what it is like to be female, in this world, and living now. Clothed or nude, male or female, even pieces that don’t show a human being at all, they all express the situation of having a certain age, a certain gender, a certain stance and attitude. Wall labels will help explain matters, both in cartoons and in words.

The pieces in this show are made of glass, kiln-cast into plaster molds at around 1600 degrees, and then altered usually with paint and metals to clarify what Nancy sees as the most important visual elements. Some of them turned out to be surprising even to Nancy as she made them.

Nancy Donnelly moved to glass in 2006 after painting for about 10 years. Trained in oils, she has learned glass work at Washington Glass School, Pratt Fine Arts Center (Seattle), Bullseye Connection (Portland, Oregon), amongst other places. She is a studio artist at Washington Glass School, and shows at City Gallery and Capitol Hill Art League as well as Foundry. Her awards include a 2008 Artist Fellowship from the DC Commission on Arts and Humanities. Nancy’s work is in the collection of the Shakespeare Theater and in private collections.

Click HERE to jump to Nancy’s website.

Washington Glass School @ Foundry Gallery

>One of the best art galleries in Dupont Circle, Foundry Gallery, will feature artists of the Washington Glass School in a show curated by Erwin Timmers and Sean Hennessey.
Sean Hennessey hangs his cast glass artwork

Featured artists include: Cheryl Patrice Derricotte, Anne Plant, Dave Cook, Dan Schubmehl, Don Daniels, Allegra Marquart, Elizabeth Ryland Mears,Erwin Timmers, Lisa Osgood Dano, Kirk Waldroff, Nancy Donnelly, Sean Hennessey, Leslie Beil, Alison Sigethy, and Dave D’Orio

“A Cast of Characters: a Survey of Kilncast and Lampwork Glass Art by Instructors and Artists of the Washington Glass School

Dates : April 1st–26th.

Opening reception on Friday April 3rd.

Foundry Gallery

1314 18th Street NW
Washington, DC 20036


Lisa Osgood Dano
installs her mosaic work

Alison Sigethy carefully arranges her new sculpture

Erwin Timmers sets out the artwork at the exhibition

Foundry Gallery show features Washington Glass School Artists

> One of the hippest art galleries in Dupont Circle, Foundry Gallery, will feature artists of the Washington Glass School in an upcoming show.

Visual Evidence” works by the Washington Glass School

Dates : APRIL 1st–26th.

Opening reception on Friday April 3rd.

Foundry Gallery

1314 18th Street NW
Washington, DC 20036

Artist scheduled to have works on exhibition include:
Anne Plant, Cheryl Derricotte Dan Schubmehl, Don Daniels, Allegra Marquart, Erwin Timmers, Liz Mears, Lisa Dano.