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Jason Chakravarty

"Glass can be anything; thick, thin, shiny, dull, rough, smooth, transparent, or opaque. It is the only material that can capture light."

Jason Chakravarty is a mixed-media object maker living in Arizona. The majority of his work is cast glass and sometimes incorporates neon for illumination. He emphasizes the narrative aspect of each piece; his most recent works are semi-autobiographical pieces reflecting on human relationships, communication, and social networking.

Jason Chakravarty uses the lost wax technique, which involves pouring hot wax into rubber molds. Once the wax cools, it is removed, and the artist cleans up and fills any areas on the piece with wax that need it and add a hook (in wax also). The wax is then invested in a mixture of plaster, silica, and water. Once the investment mix sets, the wax is removed using hot steam. Then, the empty investment mold is put into a kiln, filled with small chunks of glass, and slowly heated to 1500 degrees Farenheit. The glass melts and then it is slowly cooled to room temp. The plaster is then removed and the piece is cut and ground.