Jane Hartman, Glass Artist; VisArts Studio Artist and Glass Instructor; Dr. David Weinberg, NIH Scientist, Human Placenta Project
What Jane Hartman loves about VisArts? Opportunities for encouragement!
Trilobites and Ebola and parasites, oh my! No Dorothy, you’re not in a sci-fi version of Kansas. You’re here in Rockville with Jane Hartman, one of VisArts’ eight Studio Artists. Jane creates unique glass art that reflects her academic training in paleontology, geology and biology, and routinely receives requests to create pieces for scientists such as David Weinberg, Director of the Human Placenta Project at NIH, with whom she is pictured. Dr. Weinberg commissioned the placenta plate pictured to commemorate Congress’ recent decision to ear-mark $40 million towards placenta research.
Jane’s 20-year career path as a glass artist started with her initiative and self-determination, coupled with a heavy dose of encouragement along the way and a boost from VisArts as a result of being accepted into our Studio Artist program. Initially self-taught, she later took classes and worked with other glass artists to hone her skills. Six years ago, she started an online business and found that her science-themed artwork sold out. Her knowledge of physics and chemistry helps her to understand how heat will impact the metals she chooses, how light will filter through a piece and what chemical reactions to expect when using different colors and metals. In addition to her studio work and teaching here at VisArts, Jane has participated in many juried exhibitions and art and craft shows throughout the metro DC are.
Ultimately, Jane attributes her successful transition to making this a career to the many years of encouragement she received from family, friends, fellow artists, and VisArts staff members. The constructive feedback and compliments she received propelled her forward.
We urge you to come by and visit Jane in her studio as she creates all manner of micro-organisms out of glass. Elements of humor and science are infused in her artwork. At the very least, you’ll have an interesting conversation with Jane (with the added benefit of receiving a refresher course in biology, chemistry and paleontology!).
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