Jennifer Caldwell and Jason Chakravarty

JC Squared

"Consider the notion that the you are the first person after the maker to use the object, whether it be a drinking glass, a serving bowl, or even a pair of earrings. We have a hard time saying that with most of the food we eat, much less the items we purchase and use."

Jennifer Caldwell and Jason Chakravarty have become accustomed to collaborating on high-end, narrative-driven glass sculpture. The completed pieces often include imagery that references the sea or pulls from nature, including plant and bee life. JC Squared was born from the artists' need to share their practice with a wider audience. With their inherently aligned influences, Caldwell and Chakravarty use the full spectrum of glass techniques to create works that many people can own and enjoy.

Many of the pieces they create together are equally weighted in functional ability, design, and beauty. In each composition, Caldwell includes sculptural components made using borosilicate glass and a torch, thanks to her mastery of flameworking techniques. Chakravarty combines blown and sculpted glass forms with cast components.

Jennifer Caldwell (a.k.a. Umphress) began working with glass in 2000 while living in Hawaii. Working in a glass gallery and studio, she adapted flameworking techniques to re-create regional sea life. She gained additional training with an Italian master in Murano and through workshops at Pilchuck Glass School, Corning, and Pratt Center for the Arts. She has maintained a full-time glass studio practice for nearly 20 years.

Jason Chakravarty began incorporating neon glass into his sculpture in 1998 while attending Arizona State University. In 2002, he began illuminating blown glass forms and kiln-cast glass while attending graduate school at California State University, Fullerton. He has taken workshops at Pilchuck, Pittsburgh Glass Center, Penland School of Crafts, and University of California, San Diego.

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Sea
$ 1,600
Sun
$ 1,600
Sand
$ 1,600