Jason Christian

VIEW ALL ARTWORK

About the Artist:

Jason Christian is a glass artist living in the Seattle area. He was born in 1976 to a metal fabricator and a cardiac nurse. He became involved in glass art at the age of 21- starting as a factory charger, slowly developing his glass knowledge through experience. He has worked with a variety of well-known artists in the Seattle community, including Martin Blank, Preston Singletary, James Mongraine, and Nancy Callan. For almost a decade he has been an integral member of Dale Chihuly's boathouse team, collaborating and working with international artists, including Pino Singnoretti. His individual work explores the art of reticello, classical Venetian techniques, and modern simplicity. As of recent, he has been developing art inspired by the works of Faberge- combining the delicate complexity of reticello with the intricate detailing Faberge's eggs are known for.

Christian views this series as a tribute to the masters of reticello who came before him. Through interpretations of ancient Venetian glassblowing techniques, mid-century Venini designs, and contemporary color palettes, he creates a juxtaposition of old meets new. His detailed filagree patterns acknowledge the artistry of Burano lace, which dates back to 1528. The egg form is a direct reference to jeweled 18th century Fabergé imperial coronation eggs. In all of his new works, Christian demonstrates his masterful understanding of scale, form, symmetry, and pattern.

Résumé:

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.