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International Glass & Clay 2013: East City Artist Studios to Host Visiting UK Artist Demos

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Opening March 1, 2013, at Washington, DC’s Edison Place Gallery will be an exhibit of expressive glass and ceramic artwork, as well as narrative sculptures that blend craft materials with digital technologies and, in turn remove the boundaries between the traditional categories of craft, art, and design.

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Titled International Glass & Clay 2013, the exhibit will feature glass and ceramic artists from Washington, DC’s Sister City of Sunderland, England and from Washington, DC. Many of the local artists are East City Artists – including Margaret Boozer, Novie Trump, Tim Tate, Sean Hennessey, Joe Hicks , Nancy Donnelley, Ani Kasten, David D’Orio, Jeff Herrity, Michael Janis, Tamara Laird, Laurel Lukaszewski, Erwin Timmers, and Elizabeth Vorlicek.

As part of the International Glass + Clay events a day of free demonstrations of amazing techniques by the visiting artists will be held at the Washington Glass School and at DC GlassWorks Studio.

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UK based glass artist Criss Chaney will show how she gets metal into & onto glass.

Saturday, March 2, 2013 starting at 11:00 AM – at Washington Glass School presents International Demo #1: Metal Into Glass.
UK artists Criss Chaney and Robyn Townsend at the Washington Glass School as they demonstrate their unique technique in getting metal inside kilncast glass. They will also demonstrate their process in applying metal onto finished glass artwork, and options using common household chemicals to change the patina, color and finish of the metal. The demo is free – click HERE to register.

Blown Glass by UK Artist Phil Vickery

Blown Glass by UK Artist Phil Vickery

Later the same day DC GlassWorks presents Demo #2: Turn Up The Heat!
Starting at 2:00 PM at DC GlassWorks (just down the road in nearby Hyattsville) Join UK glass artists Roger Tye, Phil Vickery and Colin Rennie at DC GlassWorks as they demonstrate their glassblowing techniques. These UK artists are extremely accomplished and renowned glass makers and their demos are sure to spark the imagination of all those who love the art of hot glass. It will be interesting to see how the British keep a “stiff upper lip” while blowing glass! The demo is free – click HERE to register.

International Glass and Clay 2013 will open from Friday, March 1 to Friday, March 23. It is free for the public to attend. Gallery hours are 12 to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Tuesdays, and 12 to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. The gallery is closed on Sundays and Mondays.

Gallery Place Metro station servicing the green, red and yellow lines is within close walking distance to the gallery.

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Michael Janis
Authored by: Michael Janis

Michael Janis developed a focus on glass after working for twenty years as an architect in the United States and Australia. Now as Co-Director of the Washington Glass School, Janis has taught at the UK’s National Glass Centre at the University of Sunderland, Penland School of Crafts, California’s Bay Area Glass Institute, Hot Glass Houston, and The Glass Furnace (Istanbul, Turkey). Awarded a Fulbright Scholarship in 2012, he became an Artist-in-Residence at the Institute for International Research in Glass (IIRG) at the University of Sunderland. Janis’ artwork has been shown at major galleries and international art fairs and is included in the permanent collection of the Art Institute of Chicago. In 2011, Janis had a solo exhibition of his artwork at the Fuller Craft Museum (Massachusetts), and was named a “Rising Star” by the Creative Glass Center of America. The James Renwick Alliance named him "Distinguished Artist 2013/2014 and had him present his work at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Janis was awarded the prestigious Mayor's Arts Award for Excellence in the Arts in 2016. Janis is also editor the Washington Glass School blog.