Jason Stropko Glass Bio:
Jason Stropko is a professional glass artist, maker, collaborator and educator, currently living in the San Francisco Bay Area.
He has traveled abroad to the UK, Venice and Murano to research and study glass making techniques. In 2017 Jason was Artist in Residence at Castle Fine Arts Foundry, Liverpool UK; resident artist at Pilkingtons World of Glass in North West England (2015) and was a visiting artist at BGC Studio in Bangkok Thailand (2019). Jason is an artist and skilled glassmaker inspired by natural form and technical process challenges.
In addition to making his own work, Jason regularly takes on commissions and works with interior decorators and designers creating glass pieces to exact specifications: Vase shapes, custom lighting projects & signature scultpural glass signage for company office spaces.
At the beginning of his career Jason worked for Cohn Stone Studios, quickly rising to the position of head gaffer, making ornaments and decorative glass art. He has attended classes and workshops with the late Elio Quarisa, Matt Urban, Richard Royal and others. Jason hosts high quality corporate glass-blowing experience-events as well as private, uniquely tailored classes in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Birgit Deubner joined Jason Stropko Glass in 2014. She covers multiple roles including: Creating & maintaining Jason’s website and social media content for marketing purposes (images & text), co-designing new glass pieces, product and studio photography; and general behind the scenes management.
Jason Stropko Artist Statement
“At the heart of my practice I continue to explore formal ideas rooted in the past and a desire to create a visually poetic environment.
I am inspired by nature, especially small details and subtle characteristics in texture, hue and pattern. I especially love overcoming technical challenges that arise when developing textures in glass that for example resemble nature closely. I strive to create beautiful and carefully crafted glass art and am currently exploring the marriage of glass supported by non-glass materials.
In 2014 I began sharing my knowledge of, and skills in, glassmaking with private students and later with corporate clients and discovered that I am a passionate instructor, this has opened future paths for me that I wasn’t expecting to look forward exploring.
Handmade glass and the skill of it’s makers links us to it’s ancient history and as heirlooms will last a lifetime, bringing this history into the future.”
“I hope to share my love of nature by creating objects in glass. Ranging from: the life giving DNA helix pattern embedded within translucent glass, a finely crafted, twisted cane work; to the bold presence of nuts and seeds in coloured glass and sometimes clear; to vases that range from spectacular colour effects to those that imitate the texture of tree bark chestnuts.”
“I think of life as a uniquely miraculous experience. I thrive on knowing that I earn my living with the creation of objects inspired by significant cultural expressions and nature itself and always with a material that itself is so close to nature. A material that has the ability to withstand the passing of time, if cared for: able to remain long after today’s life will fade from memories.
I take these inspirations to the studio to create my own reflection on what I have seen.”
“It is giving me great joy to offer glassblowing classes for a wide range of abilities, catering to complete beginners and intermediate participants with 0 – 8 years of experience in the studio.”