Sunderland artists from both Creative Cohesion and the University of Sunderland have now returned from their Washington DC trip. Brought back with them is inspiration, refreshed respect for our DC friends and continued excitement for our sister city agreement.
We are so thankful to everyone who made the trip possible, the exhibition International Glass and Clay 2013 has been highly praised and considered 'world-class', running until 23th March at Pepco Edison Place Gallery, 702 8th Street, NW, Washington, DC. Pieces are selling; both British and American made, and all works stand out for their individual qualities.
Thank you goes to Sunderland City Council, Artomatic and DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities for making the trip possible. We must also thank Washington Glass School and DC Glass Works for allowing our Brits: Roger Tye, Colin Rennie, Phil Vickery, Criss Chaney and Robyn Townsend to run demonstrations. Roger Tye's 'incalmo' glass vessel sold whilst he was making it! Thanks also goes to Novie Trump from Flux Studio and Margaret Boozer from Red Dirt Studio for showing us around their beautiful spaces and letting us have a nose. Finally a special thank you must go to Tim Tate, Michael Janis and Erwin Timmers for playing host and allowing some of our travellers to crash at their lovely homes. Artists were told they could come back any time and our own Philippa Whiteside has been offered a residency at Flux Studio which is very exciting!
We all had such a fabulous time, and were honoured to learn from the DC artists, visit Maureen Littleton’s gallery, the British Embassy! the home of famous art collectors Mr and Mrs Huberman and much more.
If you would like to learn more there have been regular updates on Washington Glass Schools Blog and the Glass and Clay exhibition website. An interview of British glass maker Phil Vickery by Michael Janis can also be found here
Looking forward to future collaboration’s with our friend from across the pond... x