Jon Goldberg



Jon Goldberg's interest in hot glass began in Old City, Philadelphia. He was fascinated by the variety and expressiveness of the glass art on display at a local gallery specializing in Studio Glass. The opportunity became available to take a course in hot glass at a local public-access studio. Jon took his first class in 1999 and was hooked.

As Jon continued to develop his skills, he took classes in many different glassblowing techniques at the Studio at Corning Museum of Glass, ranging from traditional Venetian glassworking to contemporary plasma-neon techniques. He has studied with many great contemporary glass artists, including Josh Simpson, Elio Quarisa, James Nowak, Mark Matthews and William Gudenrath.
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Jon Goldberg Biography

2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017      Glass Weekend Attending Artist, Schantz Galleries, Stockbridge, MA

2016      SOFA Weekend, Ken Saunders Gallery, Chicago, IL

               Bound By Glass, Morgan Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA

               Provenance (Solo Show), Glass Wheel Studio, Norfolk, VA

2015      Original Voices 2015, Ken Saunders Gallery, Chicago, IL

               Italian Traditions, The Chihuly Collection, St. Petersburg, FL

2014      A Cut Above (Two Person Show), Duncan McClellan Gallery, St. Petersburg, FL

               Taos Art Glass Invitational 2014, Taos Institute for Glass Arts, Taos, NM

               "Molten" A Nationally Juried Glass & Metals Show, Fine Line Creative Arts Center, Chicago, IL

2013      A Touch of Glass - A Celebration of the Hanukah Menorah in Glass, The Gershman Y, Philadelphia, PA

              GlassWeekend 2013, Morgan Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA

              Uncommon Ground (Group Show), Morgan Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA

2012      Glass: A Juried Art Show, Minnetrista, Muncie, IL

2011      Westchester Fine Craft Show, County Center, White Plains, NY

               AmericanStyle Award of Excellence, Best in Show

               Invitational Goblet Show, Snyderman Works Gallery, Philadelphia, PA                                            Drawn from Nature 2011 (Juried Group Exhibition), John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove, Audubon, PA, 3rd Place Sculpture Award

               Images 2011 (Juried Group Exhibition), Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, University Park, PA

2010      National Art Encounter 2010 (Juried Group Exhibition), The von Liebig Art Center (Naples, FL)

              The Art of Applied Design, Department of Design, Housing and Merchandising at Oklahoma State University

              CraftBoston 2010, Seaport World Trade Center, Boston, MA

              Southworks 2010 (Juried Group Exhibition), Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation, Watkinsville, GA, First Merit 3D Award

2009      CraftForms 2009 (Juried Group Exhibition), Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA

              Philadelphia Buyers Market of American Craft, Pennsylvania Convention Center (Philadelphia, PA), Merit Award Recipient

               National Art Encounter 2009 (Juried Group Exhibition), The von Liebig Art Center, Naples, FL

               Art of Glass 2 Auction, Contemporary Art Center of Virginia/Chrysler Museum of Art

2008      Smithsonian Craft Show, Washington DC

2006      National Liberty Museum Auction, Two pieces sold at auction to local collectors,               Philadelphia, PA

2002      Images In Glass Group Show, Philadelphia City Hall

 

Studio Experience

2006-Current      Teaching classes at East Falls Glassworks, including Introductory Glassblowing, Intermediate Glassblowing and

                              Advanced Color Techniques class.

2005-2006           Created business plan, funded and participated in design and fabrication of equipment for East Falls Glassworks.

2001                     Teacher's Assistant for three 8-week sessions of Introductory Glassblowing at Hot Soup studio

 

Education

Winter 2010        Advanced Cold Construction, Martin Rosol and Pavel Novak, Corning Studio

Winter 2007        Graphic and Color Systems in Glass, Mark Matthews and Kris Parke, Corning Studio

Sumer 2007         Caneworking and Mosaic Glass, Josh Simpson, Martin Kremer and Gabriele Kustner, Corning Studio

Winter 2007        Advanced Venetian Techniques, First Assistent to Maestro Quarisa, Elio Quarisa, East Falls Glassworks

Summer 2006     Advanced Venetian Techniques, Elio Quarisa, East Falls Glassworks,

Summer 2004     Great Venetian Goblets, Elio Quarisa, Corning Studio

Winter 2003        Venetian Techniques, William Gudenrath, Corning Studio

Summer 2001     An In-Depth Introduction To Venetian Techniques, William Gudenrath, Corning Studio

Spring 2001         Advanced Glassblowing, Rob Scavuzzo, Hot Soup Studio, Philadelphia

Summer 2000     Blow and Glow - Plasma Neon, James Nowak, Pat Colentine, Corning Studio

Spring 2000         Goblet Workshop, Scott Wolfson, Crefeld School, Philadelphia

Jon Goldberg Description

Jon Goldberg's interest in hot glass began in Old City, Philadelphia. He was fascinated by the variety and expressiveness of the glass art on display at a local gallery specializing in Studio Glass. The opportunity became available to take a course in hot glass at a local public-access studio. Jon took his first class in 1999 and was hooked.

As Jon continued to develop his skills, he took classes in many different glassblowing techniques at the Studio at Corning Museum of Glass, ranging from traditional Venetian glassworking to contemporary plasma-neon techniques. He has studied with many great contemporary glass artists, including Josh Simpson, Elio Quarisa, James Nowak, Mark Matthews and William Gudenrath.

Jon's full-time job as a computer consultant enabled him to follow his muse, bringing East Falls Glassworks, a public-access glass blowing studio in Philadelphia, to reality. Jon continues to consult and operate East Falls Glassworks. He sets aside time for pursuing his glass art and for teaching both introductory and advanced skills to the next generation of glassblowers.

"Working in glass provides a counterbalance to the abstract thought needed for computer consulting. The physical dexterity and skill required for glassblowing are satifying and have no correlation to the world of computers. The problem-solving mindset specific to programming can be applied to creating glass art in series, helping to solve problems and find aesthetic truth as the series evolves." 

Jon Goldberg Statement

Inspiration

"I find inspiration in the semi-random compositions seen in nature. Ripples on a lake, grain in a piece of wood, striations in marble and tangled vines are all inspirations both in pattern and color. Geography and cartography are also fascinations of mine, and this work contains allusions to coordinate systems and tectonic formations.

Contemporary, minimalist design is another influence, seemingly in conflict with the naturalistic ideas. There is something profound in the contrast and tension that is created within a very simple form containing multi-layered, infinitely detailed coloration."

About my work

"Glass is a unique material, able to reflect and refract light. I exaggerate these properties of glass, using thick walled forms having a curvature and incorporating colored elements at specific depths within the clear material to maximize the optical effects. Shadows and reflections between layers and interior walls are planned, though surprise results are frequent and welcome."

Personal Satisfaction

"Glass art will form an important part of my legacy. Despite its fragility, it has the potential to endure and be passed on to future generations. I get great satisfaction that this glass will survive and be appreciated, as we continue to appreciate glass made several thousand years ago.

I have been extremely lucky to have the opportunity to experiment freely and have pursued my personal aesthetic and ideas. My hope is that this work resonates with the audience and might inspire others that experience it."

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