Jim is an artist residing in central Illinois that has a passion for glass and the process of crafting fine works. With a sculptural background from Bowling Green State University and an MFA in glass from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, he has pushed the boundaries of form and pattern through an exploration of techniques and design. In addition to his professional private practice, Jim enjoys teaching his favorite techniques to students from the United States and around the world.
MFA in glass from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Carbondale, Illinois 2004 BFA in sculpture from Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio 1998
Bullseye Glass Company, Portland, Oregon. 2008-2013 Instructor/Technician
-Develop and teach classes, product testing, assist artists and customers, develop online educational curriculum, studio maintenance, teaching assistance for coworkers and visiting artists.
Kliszewski Glass, Fresno, California. 2006-2008 Studio assistant
-Hot shop assistant, coldworker
Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Carbondale, Illinois. 2004-2006 Visiting Assistant Professor
-Teach beginning and intermediate glass classes, coordinate and run the mobile glassblowing studio, studio maintenance.
Graduate Assistant Southern Illinois University Carbondale. 2003-2004 Studio Technician
-Maintain studio equipment and order supplies.
Graduate Assistant Southern Illinois University Carbondale. 2001-2003 Museum Technician
-Improve the University Museum space, Installation and coordination of shows.
A.R.T. Art Research, Lancaster, Pennsylvania. 2004-2006 Foundry Technician
-Wax working, bronze chasing and patinations, mold making, metal casting, steel fabrications.
Beginning and Intermediate Glassblowing
Lost Wax Kilncasting
Pattern Bars for the Kiln
Painting with Glass
Printmaking Enamels on Glass
Introduction to Fusing and Slumping
Basic Kilncast Glass
Bas Relief Pate de Verre
Coldworking for Glass
Alicia Lomne’- Pate de Verre, Bullseye Glass Co. 2012
Steve Klein and Marc Petrovic- The Roll-Up for Kilnformers, Bullseye Glass Co. 2011
Alex Hirsch- Permutation, Variation and Experimentation, Bullseye Glass Co. 2011
Martha Pfanschmidt- Layered Assemblage, Bullseye Glass Co. 2010
Catharine Newell- Drawing from Experience, Bullseye Glass Co. 2009
Jeffrey Sarmiento- Thick with Images, Bullseye Glass Co. 2009
2013 Visual Confessions of a Glass Addict. Two-person show at Mount Hood Community College, Gresham, Oregon
2012 Employing Glass. Curator for a show at Mount Hood Community College, Gresham, Oregon
2012 Working Glass. 1st place functional at Bullseye Glass Co., Portland, Oregon
2004 MFA thesis exhibition. Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
1998 Salon de refuse. Juror’s award Honorable Mention, Toledo, Ohio
1998 Crossing the Line. Invitational, Toledo, Ohio
1998 BFA show. Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio
1998 BGSU Undergraduate Show. 2 Alumni Association Purchase Awards, Bowling Green, Ohio
1997 BGSU Undergraduate Show. Second Place in Glass, Bowling Green, Ohio
1996 International Studies Grant. Six-month anatomical studies focus in Klaipeda, Lithuania
1995 BGSU Undergraduate Show. Medici Circle Purchase Nomination, Bowling Green, Ohio