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‘Front Window Artist’ recasts old window glass into sculpture


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Photo by Wanda Jackson. Erwin Timmers’ geometric pieces are thoughtful and creative.

Photo by Wanda Jackson. Erwin Timmers’ geometric pieces are thoughtful and creative.

Published on: Thursday, June 06, 2013

By Wanda Jackson

“Going green” appears to be the “in thing” these days. But, glass artist and co-founder of the Washington Glass School in Mount Rainier, Erwin Timmers was “green” before “green” was cool.

Timmers re-melts discarded tempered glass, giving it new life as sculpture and diverting it from the waste stream.

“I recycle window glass, which is a material that nobody really otherwise would recycle,” said Timmers in his YouTube video. “It usually ends up in dumpsters … especially at construction demolition sites, you see piles of rebar” removed from concrete.

“They just grind it down and the windows just get tossed out,” he explained.

Timmers finds tempered glass easy to work with because it shatters easily and he does not have to worry about any sharp edges.

Timmers’ eco-friendly glass sculpture is on display through June 29 in the Brentwood Arts Exchange Craft Store at the Gateway Arts Center, where he has the distinction of being the “Front Window Featured Artist.”

Timmers’ approach to art is multifaceted, and he often incorporates metalwork, innovative lighting and glass design.

His work has been featured in many prominent art collections and exhibited locally at Zenith Gallery, Fraser Gallery and Gallery Neptune.

Timmers also has created commissioned works for various commercial clients including Starwood Urban, The Magruder Companies, David Greggory Restaurant, Food and Friends, and the Prince George’s County courthouse.

Originally from Amsterdam, Timmers moved to California and graduated from Santa Monica College for Design Arts and Architecture. In 1999, he moved to the Washington, D.C., area.

At the Washington Glass School, Timmers teaches glass, lighting, sculpture, and metalwork classes.

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