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UDC Welcomes East City Artist Derek Hambly

Derek Hambly working in the Washington Glass School cold shop in Mount Rainier, MD.

Derek Hambly working in the Washington Glass School cold shop in Mount Rainier, MD.

Artist Derek Thomas Hambly has just been appointed a professorship at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) where he will teach ceramics and develop its arts program. Derek was one of the artists that helped the Washington Glass Studio create the DCCAH public artwork sculpture “Community Gateway“.

A native of New England, Derek received his Bachelor of Arts degree at Bridgewater State College and his Master of Fine Arts at Kent State University with a concentrated study in ceramics.
Derek’s earliest works began as a dissection of early production glassware. Derek sought out a balance between utilitarian ware and narrative sculpture. His work today is about developing a dialogue between the hand crafted and the naturally occurring while promoting a sense of ceremony and ritual.

Derek Thomas Hambly, “Scroll and Pen Study #12″, ceramic

Derek Thomas Hambly, “Scroll and Pen Study #12″, ceramic

Derek served as the Director of the Ceramics program as well as the Director of the Artist in Residency Program at California’s Mendocino Art Center for several years before traveling back east to continue his practice in both ceramics and education.

Besides working at the Washington Glass School on a number of projects, Derek also assists at Red Dirt Studio, working under the mentorship of Margaret Boozer. Said Professor Hambly: “I see this new chapter as a great stepping stone in my pursuit to blend my studio practice and my exploration of ceramics and art.”

UDC Faculty Art Show

Derek will start teaching at UDC in August, but he will be showing his newest sculptural ceramic works as part of the UDC Faculty Show opening Tuesday, March 10th. The show will feature paintings, drawings, photography, design, and sculpture by 18 artists teaching in the UDC Art Program in Gallery 42 from March 10 – 31, 2015.

udc.art_show_faculty_2015The opening reception is Tuesday, March 10th from 6:30 – 8:00 PM in Gallery 42, building 42, room A-12. The show will run until March 31st. Regular gallery hours are Monday – Thursday 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM.

Gallery 42
4200 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20008

For further information on the UDC Faculty Exhibit, contact Professor Daniel Venne, Art Program Coordinator, at or 202.274.5781.

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.