Art Glass Center at Glen Echo
The Art Glass Center at Glen Echo is a school, resource center, and gallery
for kiln-formed glass serving the Washington metropolitan area.
The center is directed by glass artists-in-residence who are committed to both teaching and creating art. These artists, as well as other faculty, teach classes at the center that range from beginning kiln-formed glass to master classes for advanced students. Classes include fusing, kiln casting, mosaics, jewelry, and Venetian glass bead making. The Center produces several exhibitions each year featuring the glass works of emerging artists, studio artists, faculty and students. It is a tax exempt 501(c)(3) organization that provides education and support in the development of glass art and artists.
Resident Artist/Instructors & Classes:
Selevan has worked with many materials throughout her life, but never looked back once she discovered fused glass. She brings her experience teaching in other settings to teaching glass techniques. Sherry is a Resident Artist at the Art Glass Center and is Vice President of the National Capital Art Glass Guild. Her work is in shows, galleries, and publications, and received 1st place in glass at the CCC Strathmore Mansion in 2011.
After receiving her BA in Fine Arts from Indiana University in 1976, she worked as a jeweler in New York city, eventually launching a jewelry design and production business. After raising a family, she returned to the art world. She took her first fusing class in 1999 at Glen Echo Park, which ultimately led to her new career.
As a resident artist at the Art Glass Center at Glen Echo Park, Sue has been working in glass since 2001. She has always been involved in some for of arts and crafts, tole painting, decoupage, sewing, quilting, needlepoint, cross-stitch, silk screening and gold and silver smithing. Her most satisfying projects include teaching various classes and the design and fabrication of commissions for friends and family.
Mary Wactlar was born and raised in New Jersey by a lawyer father and a librarian mother. Her father also invested in Broadway Shows and dabbled in painting, so she was introduced quite early to the visual and performing arts. Her mother played piano by ear and created masterpieces on her sewing machine. Despite this exposure to the arts, Mary obtained biology degrees, including a PhD in molecular biology from the University of Chicago. After many years of science teaching, she is happy to be learning new things and celebrating the wonder of glass. Her parents would be proud! In September she will celebrate her one year anniversary as a Resident Artist at the Art Glass Center.
Marilyn has been working with glass for more than thirty years. She started in stained glass, then learned fusing techniques. Most of her twelve years as a resident artist at Glen Echo were devoted to fusing and casting glass. Marilyn began glass beadmaking before moving to Lewes, DE, where she maintains a studio devoted to lampworking beads.
A native of Washington, DC, Michele began working in kilnformed and lampworked glass in 2002 and has studied with many acclaimed glass artists in the US and Europe. She joined the Art Glass Center as a Resident Artist in September 2010. Michele also serves as a Director for the National Capital Art Glass Guild. In 2005 she established Trilogy Glass Art to explore and create both functional and non-functional glass art.