When we commissioned Washington, DC glass artist Teddie Hathaway to create the Gary Lee Maker Award, we asked that the piece express several things: the energy and creativity of live performance and the idea that the award recipients are stars among audience members.
Stars as seen in a nighttime sea sky became a captivating image since Gary Lee Maker, who served in the US Navy, referred to himself as “this old sailor”, and it is stars, of course, who guide the sailors home.
Meet Teddie Hathaway
In 2009, as retirement from her career in federal service as a finance administrator of Member of Congress approached, her love of art led her to explore self expression through working with glass, specifically with recycled glass. She began studying with many local glass makers.
At present, Teddie is a studio artist and teacher at the Washington Glass Studio in Mt. Rainier, Maryland. Exhibitions of her work include mixed media and glass in Mt. Rainier and Kensington, Maryland, a juried show in Sequim, Washington and a group exhibition at the Longview Gallery in Washington DC in May, 2011.
On her Web site, Teddie explains: “My art is inspired by life experiences, daily interactions with others and my immediate environment. I particularly love the interplay of color and textures, contrasting matte finishes against glossy surfaces and opaque with clear and translucent. All of this is possible with glass, which is largely why I was attracted to the medium in the first place. Although it can be a challenge to work with, I prefer to use recycled glass as a major component in my work. I find the transformation in this material exciting and the artwork becomes a reference to our shared environment.”
Teddie Hathaway on creating the Gary Lee Maker Award
“The Gary Lee Maker award is made of five layers of glass, two of cobalt blue with three layers of clear sandwiched between them to control the overall color. The layers are initially kiln cast to a high of 1500 degrees – a process that takes nearly 24 hours. The “plate” is then cold worked using grinding equipment to smooth and polish all the edges. The stars are painted on using a formula of white enamel and silver mica. Dichroic glass chunks are added to create the sparkle. Then it is reheated to 1350 degrees to set the additions, requiring another 24 hours in the kiln.
Once the embellishments are firm, it goes in the kiln for one final day, this time over a mold to soften the glass so that it will conform to the final shape for the design. Finally the bottom is worked through several grinders to make the piece stand firm.”
“I’m thrilled to have been asked to create the Gary Lee Maker Award, both because I love working with glass and because I’ve been intimately involved with theater in the DC area for many years. There couldn’t be a better way to leave my mark on a theatre scene I have loved for so long.”
Teddie has often been seen attending theatre on the arm of her husband, long time theatre reviewer Brad Hathaway. Brad, who created the groundbreaking Web site Potomac Stages, is now a free lance author, writing about theater for DC Theatre Scene (Theatre Shelf), and other publications around the country.
Teddie and Brad are renovating their houseboat in San Francisco in preparations for a move there later in 2011. Brad will continue writing, and Teddie will create new glass works from her studio with a view of the sky from atop their houseboat.