Third Thursday Artist Series
December 16, 2004
Johnathon Schmuck Australian Rollup Glassblowing
Johnathon was born and raised in Northern California. Through a convoluted process of studying geology to discover art, Johnathon’s first exposure of glass making came from a glass class at San Jose State University with Mary White. Three years of class there led him to an apprenticeship and a job in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with Flo Perkins.
After three and one half years in New Mexico, Johnathon moved to Rochester, New York, for graduate study in glass at the School for American Crafts, Rochester Institute of Technology. During this time, Arthur Danto wrote him up in the New Glass Review #17, in regards to a ketchup bottle ‘Hourglass’.
Johnathon was also elected as Student Representative to the Board of Director’s of GAS, the Glass Art Society. Not 10 minutes after obtaining the last signature of approval on his MFA thesis at RIT, Johnathon was informed that he won a Fulbright Scholarship to attend the Canberra School of Art in Australia, for post-graduate study and a candidacy for a Master’s degree.
In Canberra he worked with Stephen Procter and Klaus Moje, where Johnathon learned fusing and wheel cutting and started to incorporate these processes to his blown work. The Roll-Up technique, where a pre-fused glass tile is picked up and blown, is Johnathon’s specialty.
Free Lecture, Demonstration & Reception.
Funded in part by a grant from Office of Cultural Affairs, City of San Jose and Arts Council Silicon Valley.
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