The intricate works of Tim Tate function as transparent reliquaries of forgotten (or soon-to-be forgotten) pieces of human culture. Made from blown and cast glass, these works preserve the memory of typewriters, books, old IBM Selectric type elements (golf ball- sized metal inserts, containing a keyboard of type in various fonts) and even bookreaders themselves, an endangered species in a virtual world where type is relegated to an image on a screen.
Tim Tate is a Washington, DC native, and has been working with glass as a sculptural medium for the past 25 years. Co-Founder of the Washington Glass School, Tim’s work is in the permanent collections of a number of museums, including the Smithsonian’s American Art Museum, Renwick Gallery and the Mint Museum. He was awarded the title of “Rising Star of the 21st Century” from the Museum of American Glass and was also the recipient of the 2009 Virginia Groot Foundation award for sculpture. His work has been shown at the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Fuller Museum, the Asheville Art Museum and the Museum of Arts and Design in New York. He is a 2012 Fulbright Scholar recipient and was Artist-In-Residence at the Institute for International Glass Research (IIRG) in the UK.