From Cecile Oreste at danceDC
About seven years ago, DC native Robert Wiener attended the visual and performing art showcase Artomatic. At the event, a glass installation caught his eye and he decided to purchase the piece. He later ran into the artist who created the glass installation and was invited to attend an art glass class at his school. Twenty or so classes later, Wiener knew that creating glass art was something he wanted to pursue.
In addition to taking classes in the DC area, Wiener learned different glass art techniques from instructors at The Studio at the Corning Museum of Glass in New York. At Corning, one of his teachers encouraged Wiener to take a step back and explore what glass art meant to him. In response, he stopped taking classes to focus on creating his own style which he continues to refine today.
You can tour Wiener’s studio space on Corcoran Street NW during Mid City Artists Open Studios weekend, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 6-7.
Wiener’s glass art has a distinct look. Most of his work is part of the Colorbar Murrine Series, which he developed by joining the hot glass technique with the kilnformed, warm glass process. He also incorporates mosaic techniques to create impressive multi-color designs. According to Wiener, one of the biggest compliments he receives is when people recognize his work even if it is not clearly labeled with his name.
When Wiener first started out, he participated in wholesale retail shows in Baltimore, Philadelphia and other major cities. He would exhibit his work at a booth and would be approached by gallery and store owners alike. Wiener preferred using this method to generate interest in his work instead of sending information in the mail to various art organizations.