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The British Are Coming! The Washington Glass School & Flux Studios Partner on International Exhibit of Glass + Clay

USA / Syl Mathis / Glass

Photo courtesy Syl Mathis (Glass) (US participant)

A US/UK exhibit of glass and ceramics will open March 1 – 23, in Washington, DC.

Using an art exhibition as a bridge between two countries, a Sister City program will bring together the cities of Sunderland, England (Birthplace of George Washington’s ancestral family) and Washington, DC in a show that celebrates the medias of glass and clay, as well as celebrating the relationships between the two cities.

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.

USA / Novie Trump / Ceramics

photo courtesy Novie Trump/ Flux Studios (Ceramic) (US participant)

Artists and artwork will soon be arriving from the UK’s Creative Cohesion and University of Sunderland, and DC area artists represented by the Washington Glass School and Flux Studios will be acting as “cultural ambassadors” facilitating the exchange of ideas and images. In addition to a spectacular exhibit, a number of demos and workshops are planned during the month at the gallery and at the Gateway studios.

UK / Roger Tye / Glass

Photo courtesy Roger Tye  (Glass) (UK participant)

This will be the third collaboration with DC’s Sister City of Sunderland – in 2008 Glass 3 was held in Georgetown and in 2009, 38 artists from Sunderland participated in the 10th Artomatic, held near the Navy Yard.

Washington Glass School’s Fulbright Scholars Michael Janis and Tim Tate both taught at the University of Sunderland and at Creative Cohesion studios during their Fulbright assignment in 2012 and look forward to renewing the close relationship created by these collaborations.

Sculpture of Queen Victoria outside of  Shakespeare Theater Company’s Mount Rainier prop shop.

The sculpture of England’s Queen Victoria outside of Shakespeare Theater’s Mount Rainier prop shop will help the Brits feel right at home!  Photo Courtesy Washington Glass School

The International Glass + Clay Exhibition opens March 1st and will run through Friday, March 23.   The exhibit is free and open to the public.   The Gallery Place Metro station is within walking distance of the Gallery.

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The Downtown Business Improvement District (Downtown BID) in partnership with Artomatic, the Office of the Secretary for the District of Columbia and the Sunderland City Council have organized the international exhibit, hosted at PEPCO”s Edison Place  Gallery.

International Glass and Clay 2013 will be shown at the Edison Place Gallery located at 702 Eighth Street NW (between G and H streets NW) adjacent to Gallery Place Metro.

Gallery Hours are as follows:

  • Tuesday: 12-4pm
  • Wednesday through Friday: 12-8pm
  • Saturday: 12-4pm

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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 selected as a finalist for the 31st Mayor's Arts Awards in 2016. Janis also edits the Washington Glass School blog at http://washingtonglassschool.com/school/blog