Washington Glass School

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Logo of the Washington Glass School.

The Washington Glass School was founded[1] in 2001 by Washington, DC area artists Tim Tate and Erwin Timmers.

The school teaches classes[2] on how to make kiln cast, fused, and cold worked glass sculptures and art. It is the second largest warm glass school in the United States.[3][4]


The school was initially located in the neighborhood where the Washington Nationals Park now stands, and as a result of the construction of the park, had to relocate to the current location in Mount Rainier, Maryland, just over the border with Washington, DC.

Washington Glass Studio[edit]

The Washington Glass Studio was established as part of the school in 2001 to create site specific art for architectural and landscape environments. The studio draws on the Washington Glass School Co-director’s educational backgrounds in steel and glass sculpture, electronics and video media, architectural design, and ecological sustainability.

Notable public art projects by Washington Glass Studio include the monumental glass doors for the Library of Congress John Adams Building. Under the auspices of the U.S. Architect of the Capitol, the bronze doors to the John Adams Building were replaced in 2013 with code-complaint sculpted glass panels mirroring the original bronze door sculptures by American artist, Lee Lawrie, designed to commemorate the history of the written word, depicting gods of writing as well as real-life Native American Sequoyah. "[5][6]

Monumental Glass Doors at Library of Congress John Adams Building



Glass Secessionism[edit]

The Washington Glass School championed a new art movement dubbed Glass Secessionism to "underscore and define the 21st Century Sculptural Glass Movement and to illustrate the differences and strengths compared to late 20th century technique-driven glass. While the 20th century glass artists contributions have been spectacular and ground breaking, this group focuses on the aesthetic of the 21st century. The object of the Glass-Secession is to advance glass as applied to sculptural expression; to draw together those glass artists practicing or otherwise interested in the arts, and to discuss from time to time examples of the Glass-Secession or other narrative work."[8][9][10] Reflecting the evolving nature of glass art, the name of the Facebook group was amended in 2017 to "21st Century Glass : Conversations and Images / Glass Secessionism".


  1. ^ Beckwith, Allison (January 2, 2018). "Inside Mount Rainier's Glass School". The Hyattsville Wire.
  2. ^ "Video: Washington Glass School". Smithsonian Journeys. February 23, 2010.
  3. ^ "Policies in Practice - Tim Tate - Office of Disability Employment Policy - United States Department of Labor". www.dol.gov. Retrieved 2018-12-28.
  4. ^ a b Editor. "Tim Tate on the Washington Glass School | Bourgeon". Retrieved 2018-12-28.
  5. ^ Allen, Erin (April 25, 2014). "The Library in History: The John Adams Building at 75". The Library of Congress Blog. Retrieved 2019-02-10.
  6. ^ Hanus, Julie; Price, Perry (June/July 2014). "Capitol Improvements". American Craft Magazine. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  7. ^ Waggoner, Shawn (Jan/Feb 2017). "Independent Artist Michael Janis A Smart Balance of Personal and Public Art". Glass Art. Jan/Feb 2017: 34. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  8. ^ "News & Shows | Washington Glass Studio". Retrieved 2018-12-28.
  9. ^ Moses, Monica (April/May 2014). "The World Beyond Studio Glass". American Craft Magazine. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  10. ^ "Embracing Narrative: Artwork of the Washington Glass School & Virginia Glass Guild". American Craft Council. Summer 2017.

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