Jason Christian



“I have the same passion for glass now that I had the first time I stepped in front of a glory hole—probably even more. I have endless curiosity for this medium that drives me crazy. It is what it is: It’s glass, it breaks. It’s molten, it moves. I love it. That’s what keeps me going. The common thread to my work is the technicality of it—pushing the limits. I like a challenge. I want to see the thing I set out to make and say, ‘Wow, I’m OK with this.’ But never will I be totally satisfied.”

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Jason Christian Sculpture (3-works)
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Jason  Christian Golden Egg
Golden Egg
blown glass, gold leaf
23.5 x 9 x 9 in
Jason  Christian Blue Egg
Blue Egg
blown glass, gold leaf
23.5 x 9 x 9 in
Jason  Christian Golden Egg
Golden Egg
blown glass, gold leaf
20.5 x 7.5 x 7.5 in

Jason  Christian

Jason Christian

Jason Christian Description

Jason Christian grew up in Coupeville, a small town situated on Whidbey Island in the heart of the Puget Sound region of western Washington State. Jason’s mother was a nurse; his father, a metal fabricator. As an adolescent he thought that he too would find a place in the blue-collar world. He worked construction and odd jobs. He drove delivery trucks. However, there was something inside driving him towards a more creative vocation. His mother told him, “You should really go check out this glass studio downtown. I read about it in a magazine.” He went and saw a master glassblower turn a molten blob into a flower and was hooked. This was during the late 1990s and the Northwest glass scene was in full swing. Dale Chihuly was hanging chandeliers in Venice. Italian masters were moving to Seattle. There was plentiful work to be had, along with the strong sense of community that Jason had always wanted. He dove in, and there he flourished.

Jason is an integral member of Dale Chihuly's boathouse team, collaborating with international artists, including the late Pino Signoretto. He has worked with many well-known glass artists, including Lino Tagliapietra, Martin Blank, Preston Singletary, James Mongrain and Nancy Callan. Jason also has taught at Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, WA, at Urban Glass in New York City, and at the University of Texas Arlington. 

“I have the same passion for glass now that I had the first time I stepped in front of a glory hole—probably even more. I have endless curiosity for this medium that drives me crazy. It is what it is: It’s glass, it breaks. It’s molten, it moves. I love it. That’s what keeps me going. The common thread to my work is the technicality of it—pushing the limits. I like a challenge. I want to see the thing I set out to make and say, ‘Wow, I’m OK with this.’ But never will I be totally satisfied.”

Jason Christian Resumé

Exhibitions
2015  Homage to Burano – Vetri, Seattle, WA.
2015  2015 Gaffers – Pilchuck Glass School Exhibition Space, Seattle, WA.
2015  Over the Top – Duncan McClellan Gallery, St. Petersburg, FL.
2012  Subdued Elegance – Vetri, Seattle, WA.

Teaching
2016  Glassblowing Instructor –  Urban Glass, New York, NY.
2010-2013  Glassblowing Instructor – Seattle Glassblowing Studio, Seattle, WA.

Demonstrations
2015 Demonstrating Artist –  Eskisehir, Turkey
2015  Demonstrating Artist with Nancy Callan – Duncan McClellan Gallery, St. Petersburg, FL.
2010  Demonstrating Artist – Schack Art Center, Everett, WA.
2009  Demonstrating Artist – Nuutajärvi Glass Village, Urjala, Finland.

Awards
2016  Auction Centerpiece Designer – Schack Art Center, Everett, WA.
2010  Auction Centerpiece Designer – Schack Art Center, Everett, WA.
2006  Corning Award for Outstanding Student Nominee – Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA.

Residencies
2016  Artist in Residence – Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA.
2016  Craftsperson in Residence – Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA.
2015  Craftsperson in Residence – Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA.
2015  Artist in Residence – University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX.
2015  Artist in Residence – University of Wisconsin-Steven's Point, Steven's Point, WI.
2014  Craftsperson in Residence – Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA.
2008  Artist in Residence – Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA. 

Professional Experience
2008-Present Gaffer – Chihuly Studio.
2014-Present Glassblowing Assistant – Lino Tagliapietra.
2014-2016  Fabricator – Lindsey Adelman.
2008-2016  Glassblowing Assistant – James Mongrain, Flora Mace, Chad Holliday, Janusz Pozniak, David Walters, Albert Paley, Nancy Callen.
1998-2013  Head Gaffer – Seattle Glassblowing Studio.
2001-2010  Gaffer – Martin Blank Studio.
2002-2008  Mobile Hot Shop Technician – Museum of Glass-Tacoma. 
2005-2007  Glassblowing Assistant – Preston Singletary.
1998-2006  Gaffer – Robert Jones Design
1999-2000  Gaffer – Glass Eye Studio.
1998-2000  Assistant – Totally Blown Glassworks.

Education
2015  Pino Singnoretto – Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA
2011  Jeff Mack – Seattle Glassblowing Studio, Seattle, WA.
2010  Janusz Pozniak – Pratt Fine Arts Center, Seattle, WA.
2008  Karen Willenbrink-Johnsen and Jasen Johnsen – Seattle Glassblowing Studio, Seattle, WA.
2006  Preston Singletary and Marcus Amermann – Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA.
2002  Nadege Desgenetez – Pratt Fine Arts Center, Seattle, WA.
2002  Katherine Grey – Pratt Fine Arts Center, Seattle, WA.
2000  Kait Rhoads – Pratt Fine Arts Center, Seattle, WA.

Collections
Elton John collection
Ben Bridge collection
Various private collections in the United States and Canada.

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