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Inside the Homes and Studios of Glass Artists

All-Day Tour

Full Day Tour

Saturday, September 1, 2018 - 8:45 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. ET
Code: 1ND038
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Black Star by Joan Danziger

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The Washington area is home to a wide variety of glass artists working in an equally wide range of styles and techniques. Spend a fascinating day visiting noted artists in their studios and homes to see them at work and explore their creations. Museum education consultant Sheila Pinsker leads the tour.

Join Robert Wiener in his studio and residence in Washington, D.C., as he shares the inspirations and working methods he uses to examine the relationship among pattern, texture, and color through vivid kiln-formed art glass. Explore his varied series and collections, with their decorative, architectural, and functional applications. 

Joan Danziger had used many media in creating her signature fantasy sculptures, but when she discovered the beauty of using glass, she found that it transformed and enriched her artwork. The glass, iridescent with many colors, is cut into mosaic or abstract shapes. The fused or cut-glass segments are attached to an armature that follows the form of the sculpture, creating a luminous effect. See a large collection of Danzinger’s imaginative creatures on a visit to her home and studio in the District.   

After a Latin American lunch buffet at Azucar in Silver Spring, Nancy Weisser and Chuck Underwood offer a look inside their Kensington home. Weisser, an educator and artist who works in kiln-formed glass, offers a glimpse into her career and expansive body of work, and talks about her relationship with the artists whose work she and Underwood have collected. The stunning woven glass kimono “Autumn Sunset” by Eric Markow and Thom Norris occupies a prominent place among those pieces.

Finally, meet Markow and Norris at their Bowie home and studio. They discuss their collaboration in woven glass, offer a look at “Fire Samurai,” the first in their new series of five life-size warriors, and display colored sheets of glass prepared for others figures in progress.

Departs from the Holiday Inn Capitol at
550 C St SW (corner of 6th & C Sts)
No fringe stop on this tour