Tell us about yourself!
My name is Jason Giusti and I am a glass artist who lives on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, Bishopville to be exact. I spent most of my high school days covering whatever surface was in front of me with drawings and doodles. So when my father said you have to go to college I chose Art as my major, after enrolling at Salisbury University in Maryland. Starting out mainly working in two-dimensional art, including Graphic Design, I happened upon a place in the art building that was vibrant and full of characters engaging in a more physical art that involved fire. I wanted to do that.
What draws you to the material you work with, and why have you chosen the processes that you use in your work?
I began taking classes in glass in 2004 at the university and was hooked. The immediacy of manipulating a material that you cannot touch with your bare hand is still inspiring and I strive to learn new tips and tricks every day I enter the studio or watch videos of other artists working in the hot shop. After finding Hot Glass I never looked back. Torched my MacBook and said goodbye to Graphic Design, it just wasn't for me. The warmth of the furnace, the ache of my hands after a work day keeps me coming back for more. I never found satisfaction in working through a computer screen.
What themes do you pursue in your work?
The work I make is fun and I just hope people look at it and smile. I am not into deep meaning in an object. I want people to see something familiar and gratifying in my hot glass creations.
Why are you a member of GAS?
I continue to be a member of The Glass Art Society because I love to see other people’s work. To know that there are others out there exploring through the medium of glass. GAS keeps us stitched together, connecting people through its conferences or just the online message board. It’s nice to know there are other glass addicts like me out there and I can contact them for advice or just to say, I love your work!
To learn more about Jason, go to his GAS MEMBER PROFILE PAGE
Follow him on Instagram at @jagglass