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 opened a collaborative glass and ceramics studio & gallery in Dagsboro, Delaware. After four years, in early 2007, he moved from the studio he helped build to work independently while remaining in the Dagsboro area. His work can be seen in many of the regions craft shows, galleries and museum exhibitions.
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. Playing off of glass' natural tendencies, Justin tries to maintain a fluidity and grace throughout his work, making even physically heavy pieces appear visually light. Though at times influenced by classic forms he gives all of his pieces a contemporary touch.
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