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International Glass & Clay exhibit opening night.

The International Glass & Clay 2013 exhibit being held at Pepco’s Edison Place Gallery has opened with great success! Artomatic and the DCCAH organized a US/UK exhibit that has glass and ceramic artists collaborate in the way that showcases the creative economy  and enhances the public understanding of how the arts contribute to the vitality of communities. A number of the artists from DC’s Sister City of Sunderland, England and the University of Sunderland came over for the opening of the collaborative exhibition.

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ECA artist Ani Kasten’s ceramic sculpture at International Glass and Clay 2013

The visiting UK artists held workshops and demos at a number of  Gateway Arts District studios, including the Washington Glass School, DC GlassWorks and Red Dirt Studios.

UK glass artist Phil Vickery demos his hot glass technique at DC GlassWorks.

UK glass artist Roger Tye creates an “incalmo” glass vessel.


Roger Tye’s demo piece after annealing.

There are a still a number of events that will be coming up at the venue. Visit the exhibition website for more info: http://glassandclay.org/

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International Glass and Clay 2013 at Pepco Edison Place Gallery.

International Glass and Clay 2013  at Pepco Edison Place Gallery  @ 702 8th Street, NW, Washington, DC

March 1 – March 23, 2013. Gallery hours are Saturday and Tuesday, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., and Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.  The Gallery is closed on Sundays. The Gallery Place Metro station is within walking distance of the Gallery.

UK artist Jeffrey Sarmiento's Encyclopædia v.15

UK artist Jeffrey Sarmiento’s Encyclopædia v.15

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, Cleveland Institute of Art, 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.