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Sean Hennessey

Updated: 2018-01-15T11:34:44.298-05:00


Auction Wednesday


Another Auction Wednesday offering! "I made this for you"Glass, Enamels, Resin, Wood Frame13”x7.5”x2.5you can bid on the piece here: for checking out my Auction Wednesday offering! I would love it if you could share my post to reach a larger audience! Maybe tag someone if you think they'd like this piece.You know my auctions don’t really help pay the bills. It’s a fun way for me to share my work in a way that everyone has a chance to won. But i still have lots of hopes of making more art. If you like what I’m doing would you please become one of my patrons on my Patreon page?Anyone can sign up, even for as little as $1/month. It really can make a difference for me. and THERE ARE REWARDS!!!REWARDS!!!! Who doesn't love a reward?! #glassart #cassettetapes #seanhennesey #artresin#otisstreetartsproject[...]

Auction Wednesday!


YOU KNOW WHAT TIME IT IS!Auction Wednesday!I've been super busy for the past few weeks, but I'm back and I'm auctioning off this piece today on my Facebook Page"Choices"Glass, Enamels, Resin, Wood Frame18"x8"x2.5"As many of you know, I've been experimenting with cast glass pieces combined with epoxy coloring. This one is a great example of the direction I'm heading with flowing, vivid colors.The piece can be wall mounted or sit on a table, counter, or windowsill.____________________________________________________________________AUCTION RULES-Starting Bid is $10-Bid as a New Comment in $10 Increments.-Message or Text me if you want to place a secret bid ( i will confirm i received it. )-Bidding ends at 12:00 Midnight EST.-If its too close to call, the auction will extend until no one has bid for 5 minutes.If no bids by 5:00, I’ll take the post down and cry.Payment to be made via paypal or check if necessary.(I'll message winner the details)Pieces can be picked up at my studio in Mount Rainier, MD or at my home in Baltimore, MD.Shipping can be arranged both Domestic and International(estimated $35 to ship to west coast, for instance)Bid Early! Bid Often!Click here for checking out my Auction Wednesday offering! I would love it if you could share my post to reach a larger audience! Maybe tag someone if you think they'd like this piece.If you like what I’m doing would you please become one of my patrons on my Patreon page?Anyone can sign up, even for as little as $1/month. It really can make a difference for me. and THERE ARE REWARDS!!!REWARDS!!!! Who doesn't love a reward?! #glassart #doors #seanhennesey[...]

Open Studio Saturday May 13th


Hey! If you're in the DC are, come visit me at my studio next weekend!

I'll have all kinds of pieces available and you can see what things I'm working on for the future.
All the studios in the Gateway Arts District will be open too!

So much going on!
Start by visiting me at Otis Street Arts Project, then head out to all the other cool places

Saturday May 13th
Otis Street Arts Project
3706 Otis Street
Mount Rainier, MD

More information can be found HERE

Auction Wednesday


Here's my Auction Wednesday piece for this week! Read more info and go bid on it here

Auction Wednesday


I'm auctioning off this piece on my facebook page. Go here to read more about it and BID

Using Resin


Recently I've been experimenting A LOT with resin. My primary goal was to create something akin to layered, fused and hot glass panels that still relied on the kiln formed deep relief cast glass base that has become the main body of my work. So, in doing research on what to use, I luckily came across ArtResin, most likely through there Youtube videos.The combinations of resin and glass was EXACTLY what I need to move my work in the direction I was looking to go. I am able to cold fuse sheets together, to isolate digital prints, to make somewhat devitrified glass more optically clear, and to add colorants on a wet painterly way.I've been auctioning off these experiments every Wednesday on my facebook page with the tag #auctionwednesdayI've also -just- starting adding resin to more major pieces of mine and have plans to continue to do so. I couldn't be happier with the results I'm getting. For the discerning art collector: I use the resin, mostly isolated between layers of glass and protected by steel frames. these puppies aren't delaminating. Also, this type of resin uses a hindered amine compound to prevent yellowing.For the discerning artist: this stuff is easy to use and takes pigment and dyes easily. If you're in the DC area, come by my studio and I'll show you what it looks like in person.Here are examples of the pieces I've been making, all in the past few months.I used purple and blue concentrated pigments to swirl the color around in 3 layersI added a green liquid pigment to the resin for the bottom of this pieceI used untinted resin on the surface of this piece to improve the optical quality of the casting. This allows for me to control how clearly the viewer can see the images behind the castingSame use of untinted resin here.I added an intense pink pigment to the resin for a very bright piece.Swirls of blue pigmented resin on both the front and back of the glass castingAlcohol dyes were used in the resin and left to settle naturally.This used clear resin to isolate the glass casting within the frame. Before adding clear resin to the surface, you couldn't even see the ferris wheel behind the glass. The resin fills in the imperfections of the glass that distort light that passes through it. By filling them in, and having a smooth surface, light passes straight through the piece improving the optical quality.A fun swirly look created by pouring the resin, then asding just a few drops of liquid pigment here and there and moving it around with a tongue depressor.I mixed up a few batches of colored resin and poured them over this glass piece.a very thin coating of purple resin over a highly textured glass castingHard to get an image of this beautiful piece. Intense red, intense purple that blended together where the colors meet. the light coming through this pieces is gorgeous.Resin poured into a plaster door casting.I used to cover surfaces with concrete. the background of this piece is a greenish concrete, that i covered with resin. It really brought out a gorgeous feel to the concrete.Subtle use of swirled colorA little blue at the bottom, a bit o green at the top and blended together.[...]

Auction Wednesday "A Door Through Which We Will All Pass"


Every Wednesday for the past couple of months, I've been auctioning off a piece of art on my facebook page. Here is today's piece "A Door Through Which We Will All Pass"Glass16.25"x14.25"12 Lbs.This is a framed wall relief piece. There is a bracket in the back of the frame for hanging.I like the ambiguity of door imagery. Where does the door lead? What's on the other side? Am I on the inside being protected? Or blocked from freedom? Am I on the outside wishing for entry. To me they raise questions. They suggest possibilities and options. But also, as I was sadly reminded this week with the loss of a friend, they sometimes represent a finality. A door that can never be reopened. They hold a mystery, both the hopeful and the mournful.How this auction works:Go to my Facebook PageBid as new comment ( or message me for secret bids)No minimum starting bidNo reserveAuction ends midnight EST tonightPayments to be made by paypal ( i'll message winner)Shipping is additional. ( estimate $30 to west coast )You can also pick it up at my home in Baltimore, or my studio in Mount Rainier, MDExtra Credit: If you are a contributor to my Patreon page and win this piece, you'll get a free gift with it. #doors #glassart[...]



Every Wednesday I've been auctioning off a piece on my facebook page. It's been a way for me to sell work, but also to interact with people who have interest with what I'm making. It's a great way to move older pieces out of the studio to make room for more, and have the cash to buy materials, and just get a snese if people like what i'm doing and want to help me out.

Here is this weeks offering

Inner Strength
Glass, Enamel, Steel Frame

You can go bid on it HERE



I'm auctioning off a sculpture today.

Bid on it HERE
or send me a text 202.550.4634 (include your name)

Available pieces




I'm exhibiting at SCOPE NYC this year with Habatat Galleries.
If you are in New York this week, swing by to say hi and see my new work in booth F11!

Dream of Flight

Taking Stock

March 3-6
639 W46th Street 

Exhibitions and such winter/ spring 2016


I have a few things happening right now.

Otis Street Arts Project Artists at Logan Fringe Arts Space

A number of my studio mates at Otis Street Arts Project an I have work up in the Logan Fringe Arts Space. A cool showing of our different styles and approaches to artmaking.  Come see some art. grab a drink. maybe see a few plays.

Sean Hennessey, David Mordini, Gloria Chapa, Hebron Chism, M.L. Duffy, Liz Lescault, Alma Selimovic, GrinGoh

Reception: Thursday February 4th 7-11PM
The exhibit runs through March 1
Facebook Event Page
Logan Fringe Arts Space
1358 Florida Ave NE
Washington, DC 20002

DC 5, a Glass Narrative at OKAY SPARK

My other studio home is the Washington Glass School. A collection of artists at WGS will be exhibiting glass pieces at OKAY Spark Gallery in Norfolk, Virginia.

Artists: Sean Hennessey, Tim Tate, Michael Janis, Audrey Wilson, Erwin Timmers.

Reception: Friday February 5th 6-8PM
Exhibit runs through March 6th

Okay Spark Gallery
801 Boush Street
Norfolk, Va

SCOPE NYC with Habatat Galleries

I will be showing some exciting new work at SCOPE with Habatat Galleries.

March 3-6
639 W. 49th St
New York, NY

44th Annual International Glass Invitational at Habatat Gallery

I'm excited to once again be participating in the International Glass exhibition at Habatat Gallery in Royal Oak, Michigan. It's a huge show with some of the worlds best artists working in glass. It's a crazy huge honer to be showing with these stellar artists.

VIP events: May 5-7th
Grand Opening May 7th 8-10 PM

Habatat Gallery
4400 Fernlee Ave
Royal Oak, Michigan

Open Studios May 14th

There will be an Open Studio Tour on Saturday May 14th for all studios within the Gateway Arts District of Prince George's County, MD

Be sure to stop by my place!

Otis Street Arts Project
3706 & 3708 Otis Street
Mount Rainier, MD 20712

I'll post more details later.

Sale on Glass Art


New Years Day Sale

I have a number of pieces in my Etsy shop available.
Enter the coupon code NY2016 to receive a 20% discount.

Click here to see what available!

Open Studio! December 12th


My Studio, Otis Street Arts Project, along with a slew of others in the Mount Rainier, Gateway Arts District Area will be open on Saturday December 12th from Noon-5:00.Come out and shop local!Mount Rainier Winter Open StudiosPARTICIPATING STUDIOS1. Artbar3815 34th Street Ani Kasten, Sarah Nikitopoulos2. ReCreative Spaces3501 Perry StreetYasmin Bowers, Artis Moon Amarche, Camilla Schaeffer3. Washington Glass School3700 Otis StreetMichael Janis, Tim Tate, Erwin Timmers, Audrey Wilson, Veta Carney, John Hendersen, Trish Kent, Debra Ruzinsky, Syl Mathis, Laurie Brown, Diane Cabe, Chip Montague, Jennifer Lindstrom4. Otis Street Arts Project3706/ 3708 Otis Street Mount RainierSean Hennessey, David Mordini, Gloria Chapa, Chris Bohner, Art Drauglis, Alma Selimovic, Liz Lescault, Hebron Chism, Matthew Duffy5. White Point Studio3708 Wells AvenueLaurel Lukaszewski, Kate Kretz, Tamara Laird, Jo Ellen Walker, Derek Thomas Hambly, Elizabeth Vorlicek, Nathaniel Duffield6. Orange Door Studios3706 Wells AveEllyn Weiss, Ellen Sinel, Dorothy Fall7. Tanglewood Works, THE STUDIOS3613 Oak LaneSue Older-Mondeel, Christie Otvos8. studio v::szalus3613 Oak LaneVeronica Szalus9. McClintock Painting Studio3613 Oak LanePeter McClintock10. Jackson Jarvis Studio3600 Oak Lane #2Martha Jackson Jarvis11. Blue Door Studios3704 Rear Otis StreetAlonzo Davis, Alec Simpson12. Valerie ThebergeShahin Shikhaliyev3706 Rear Otis Street13. Joe Hicks Ceramics3709 37th StreetJoe Hicks14. Brentwood Arts Exchange3901 Rhode Island Avenue*11am - 4pmFeaturing crafts and decorative objects by 19 local artists, plus work by 40 artists in the craft store. Craft beer tastings sponsored by Town Center Market.Saturday December 12Noon-5:003706/3708 Otis StreetMount Rainier, MDFacebook Event Page[...]

Glass Wheel Studio Opens In Norfolk, Va


A new art center is opening in Norfolk, Va.
One of my pieces will be on display.
Journey to the Sun
Glass, Photo, Paint, Found Objects, LED
Sean Hennessey

Check them out
Glass Wheel Studio
128 West Olney Road, Norfolk, VA 23510
November 14th
Grand Opening Reception

Personal Patterns at Cafritz Art Foundation Center Opens This Thursday


A Pattern of Uncertainty
Personal Patterns, a show curated by Claudia Rousseau featuring a group of truly fantastic local artists, explores the many ways in which pattern are used by artists to express their concerns, interests and identities. 

King Street Gallery, Cafritz Foundation Arts Center
Montgomery College
930 King Street 
Takoma Park, MD

Opening Reception, Thursday Oct 22, 6-8 pm
Artist Talks, Thursday Nov 5, 4-5 pm
Show runs until November 25

SOFA Chicago November 5th-9th


I'm going to be exhibiting 4 new works with Habatat Galleries at SOFA Expo in Chicago.

Explaining My Work:: A Pattern of Uncertainty/ A Pattern of Stability.


This is a new post in my series Explaining My Work.For this post, I'm going to talk about 2 brand new pieces. I've been thinking about the pieces for a long time, but i don't usually write about brand new pieces because living with the work for a time usually brings new thoughts to the conversation.The pieces are sisters, and both are slated for a show Personal Patterns at the Cafritz Foundation Art Center in Silver Spring Maryland. This is the information I sent for the catalogue:I began the works in Personal Patterns by thinking about choices we have previously made, and choices we are currently contemplating. The two pieces I have created reflect these two different issues and the underlying patterns of those mental places. A Pattern of UncertaintyIn the Patterns of Uncertainty, I depict doors as the options presented before us. There is an act of volition in choosing what door to enter. But also shown, is the capricious and outside forces of a child blowing wind affecting the course of a ship at sea. The interplay between our will, and the motions of the universe on our actions. A Pattern Of StabilityIn the 2nd piece, The Patterns of Stability, I thought about decisions I’ve made in life, decisions that resulted in being held securely, but also being held, locked into place. The locks hold an ambiguous meaning of both security but also inaccessibility. A double looped knot and the emergence of a key in the imagery adds to the sense of the result and resolution of past decisions.Both pieces are presented with a background of a pattern. For me, this is the patterns that we fall into, keeping the rhythm and reoccurring themes of our lives, but also sometimes, a predictability we try to overcome. I use the patterns from old tin ceilings to create a feeling of the age of these patterns, that they are remnants of decisions made even before we are born. The represent to me the influences on our lives, and sometimes things we are simply drawn toward. My work is window glass that I form into molds in a kiln. Once fired, I add drawings and photos, and paint various layers of glass. Finally the pieces are backlit, allowing the viewer to see all the subtle layers of imagery, textures, and bubbles in the glass. [...]

Detail of a new piece.


The patterns of choice


This is a detail of a piece that will be in an upcoming exhibition at the Cafritz Foundation Art Center.