Born on Long Island, NY in 1975, Justin attended Suffolk County Community College, where he experimented with a variety of 2-D and 3-D media including watercolors, oil and acrylic paints, clay, wood, airbrushing and zinc plate printmaking. He received an Associates Degree in Fine Arts in 1996. A fascination with, and curiosity about the glass making process led to his enrollment in the Crafts department at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA, to study glassblowing in 1998. In 2001 he received a BFA in Crafts with concentrations in Glass and Woodworking. Justin then moved to the Finger Lakes region of New York where he worked for The Studio at the Corning Museum of Glass as an artist assistant, teaching assistant and instructor. In the fall of 2002 he and two colleagues (including wife Kim) opened a collaborative glass and ceramics studio & gallery in Dagsboro, Delaware. In 2007, he and Kim moved from the studio to work independently.
Continually experimenting with new designs and refining his techniques, Justin creates sculptural and functional pieces that emphasize depth, layers, light transference and the relationship between interiors and exteriors.
Says Justin, "I play off of glass' natural tendencies and try to maintain a fluidity and grace throughout my work, making even physically heavy pieces appear visually light," adding that though at times he's influenced by classic forms he gives all of his pieces "a contemporary touch."
Below are a few examples of Justin's work. His smaller pieces sell so quickly in my bricks and mortar gallery that you have to pick them up almost as soon as he's brought them in. Contact usfor pics of current pieces.
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