The opening for my two person show Balance was last Tuesday night at Peveto in Houston, Texas. Laurel Lukaszewski and I flew in early to install the show and if I do say so myself, the show turned out really well!
Many thanks go out to Scott Peveto, Leigh Manley and Felipe Contreras at Peveto who gave us this great show, made installation seamless and easy, and hosted us so graciously during our stay.
The James Renwick Alliance (JRA) held a "Tea with the Brits" wrap-up social at the International Glass and Clay 2013 exhibit held at Pepco Gallery. Artomatic and the DCCAH have held a collaborative exhibition of glass and ceramics featuring artists from the Sister Cities of Sunderland, England and Washington, DC., ending in high style with a final event held at the gallery. Photos by Miriam Rosenthal.
Tea, cucumber sandwiches, fresh made scones with home-made jams and clotted cream, and a spot of dry sherry were on the menu.
Artomatic's George Koch addresses the JRA audience.
Novie Trump talks about Laurel Lukaszewski's ceramic sculpture.
Novie Trump and Michael Janis discuss UK glass artist Colin Rennie's work.
High Tea presenters and organizers (L-R) Novie Trump, Bonnie Schwartz, Mallory Lawson, George Koch, Michael Janis.
The closing night event of the International Glass & Clay event finished the exhibit with great fun and last minute sales. All agreed that we will miss the fantastic artwork that has been on display, and that with such good results, the connections with our UK artists and colleagues have been made stronger! When is the next collaborative show is the question we all ask!
Mike Janis of the Washington Glass School posted this great introspective look at the International Glass and Clay 2013, taken during a quiet afternoon at the gallery:
"This posting is intended to contemplate the media based artwork by the talented artists involved in the International show and see what the works say."
The artwork on exhibit invites investigation.
UK glass artist Roger Tye - Roger has two works in the exhibit, and they each present very different aspects. His wall piece is lush with color and organic plant forms. The glass tendrils curve around and out of the dimensional piece - its a very pretty and appealing work.
Roger Tye's blown glass wall sculpture.
His other sculpture "Fold" has a different feel - it's much more narrative. All over the moors and fells of the North of England and southern Scotland, there are strange dry-stone structures - similar to what Roger has sculpted. The stone structures (aka 'sheepfold') were designed to provide a shepherd with a place to hold a few sheep and protect them from theft. Roger's sculpture "Fold", made of cast glass and slate, is a witty contemporary commentary on this concept, complete with security camera.
"Fold" by Roger Tye.
US ceramic artist Jeff Herrity has three of his slipcast ceramic "totems" in the show. Jeff's mother was a ceramic artist, and these works harken back to his childhood memories that include kitschy bits and bobs and elements created from ceramic molds. He sees the stacked figures as representative of a group of people that are a clan. We are all may different, yet we rely upon each other – for if one goes missing, we all fall.
Jeff Herrity "Totem I", "Totem II", "Totem III"
UK glass artist James Maskrey has some exquisite narrative glassworks in the show - amongst my favorites:
James Maskrey "The Worst Journey In The World"
His blown works all reference the 1910–1913 British Antarctic Expedition led by Robert Falcon Scott. The ill-fated journey was to recover eggs of the Emperor penguin for scientific study. It was thought at the time that the flightless penguin might shed light on an evolutionary link between reptiles and birds through its embryo.
James Maskrey, "Winter Journey", "Last Entry", "The Barrier".
The series based on the story "Worst Journey in the World" and asks, but does not answer, the question of whether their suffering was futile, or whether it would inspire future human beings facing very different challenges.
Nancy Donnelly's fused glass panels.
US glass artist Nancy Donnelly is exhibiting her beautiful fused glass panels "Thistle & Berries" and "The Night Garden". Both are made from fused frit powders and enamels fired into panels of glass. Her works have a quiet and thoughtful reserve.
Inge Panneels, "Micro Macro"
UK glass artist Inge Paneels' fused glass panels are created using waterjet to precisly cut intricate patternsbased on aerial imagery of river estuary juxtaposed with bloodvessel structure. The fused glass panel highlights the commonalities.
Joe Hicks "Bottle"
US clay artist Joe Hicks has some beautiful ceramic stoneware with shino glaze. His works anchor the entry space of the gallery.
Philippa Whiteside's ceramics feature incredible detail. The waterjet cut ceramics tell a story that runs around the cube form in different fonts.
Philippa Whiteside "Hope"
UK ceramic artist Philippa Whiteside works at creating beauty with her detailed clay works. She clearly loves to experiment with surface decoration and texture, and has a fascination with text and words.
Syl Mathis' boat shaped glass/mixed media forms showcase his master craftsman skills.
US glass artist Syl Mathis' artwork has me fall in love with both the glass and the method he displays the kilncast forms. He is veryskilled in his metal and stonecarving techniques, and I love his sandcarving of the glass figures.
Syl Mathis, "Ancient Ice", "Time Bound".
The artworks by the artists create intriguing and beguiling relationships with the other works on display. Part of the fun of the show is the new juxtapositions of the different styles and approaches of the art.
Allegra Marquart's kilnformed & sandcarved glass panels (L) and Erwin Timmers' cast recycled glass sculptures (R) have a great dialog in the gallery.
"007 – Walther P99", Light, Fused water jet cut BE glass, 2010, Dr Magareth Troli - artwork featured in the "International Glass + Clay 2013" exhibit
A number of the UK artists exhibiting in the International Glass and Clay 2013 show (at Pepco Edison Place Gallery -702 8th Street, NW, Washington, DC) have come to the opening events and programs. The visiting UK artists have hit DC town running - there have been a number of Glass and Clay show events to keep them occupied!
UK Glass Artist Demo at Washington Glass School during International Glass & Clay
Robyn Townsend's artwork incorporates glass and metal
Demos by UK Artists: Criss Chaney and Robyn Townsendshowed theirtechniques for metal inclusions and patinas in glass.
Cris Chaney shows how the patinas are formed
Robyn Townsend and Cris Chaney
Over at DC GlassWorks, Colin Rennie, Phil Vickery and Roger Tye wowed the fans of blown glass with a series of virtuoso feats in hot glass.
UK artist Phil Vickery demonstrates the process for his beautiful glass forms
L-R Colin Rennie, Phil Vickery and Roger Tye at DC GlassWorks
Roger Tye makes a triple incalmo bowl in red, white and blue.
Colin Rennie ended the demos with a flourish!
Artists in the exhibit have a get-together at Artomatic founder George Koch's place.(Top row L-R: Anne Tye, Tom Hurst, Catherine Auld, Roger Tye. Bottom row L-R: Dr Magareth Troli, Phil Vickery, Robyn Townsend, Cris Chaney, Audrey Wilson, Philippa Whiteside, Colin Rennie)
The exhibit continues thru March 23 - make sure you come into the gallery to see this incredible showcase of art from the US and UK. International Glass and Clay 2013 Pepco Edison Place Gallery @ 702 8th Street, NW, Washington, DC 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. The show is organized by Artomatic and the DCCAH.