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.”
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.
2016 Glassblowing Instructor – Urban Glass, New York, NY.
2010-2013 Glassblowing Instructor – Seattle Glassblowing Studio, Seattle, WA.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Elton John collection
Ben Bridge collection
Various private collections in the United States and Canada.