J. Draper Glass

J. Draper Glass

The Team

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The mission of JDraper Glass is to offer a complete understanding of hot glass as a studio movement in America by engaging the community through hands on opportunities, classes, tours, team building workshops and open houses to encourage an exploration of this medium.  Through these efforts, JDraper Glass will cultivate a deeper understanding and appreciation of the art of hand blown glass.

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Jeremie Draper

Soft Glass Artist, Instructor and Owner of JDraper Glass LLC

Artist Statement
Glass is the dance in still life. Capturing this moment of vitality, an instant of inspiration and epiphany; marrying it with the delicate skill of blowing glass, result in a still piece—fluid, and somehow moving. Since I learned to hand blow glass, I have been enthralled with the amorphous nature of the medium; its potential to breathe and flow with the rhythms of the artist.

Biography
Under the tutelage of Che`Rhodes, Jeremie became a passionate student of glass, curious about the most primitive processes of Roman & Egyptian forms and honoring the great traditions of Italian color decoration. Her influences are Lino Tagliapietra, Stanislav Libensky and Jaroslave Brychotva, Fritz Dreisbach, William Gudenrath, Mary Schaffer, William Morris, Andy Goldsworthy and Javacheff Christo.

A central Illinois native, Jeremie received her B.F.A. in Glass from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in 2002. She was a Rickert-Ziebold winner in spring ’02. She had the privilege to travel and work with other glass blowers in Oregon & Washington before moving back to IL. Her studio, JDraper Glass LLC is now located at The Studios on Sheridan, located at the corner of Main & Sheridan. Jeremie’s entire collection can be viewed at her studio by appointment or any time at General Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport Gift Shop,  Exhibit A Gallery and Peoria Riverfront Museum.

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Misty Long

Artist, Instructor and Studio Manager at JDraper Glass LLC

About:

Misty Long is a multi-media artist residing in Peoria, Illinois.  She is the Studio Manager at J Draper Glass LLC, where she assists, instructs classes, performs demonstrations, and narrates.  Misty received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Glass from Illinois State University in 2013.  She discovered glass as an elective during her studies and since then glass has been a major material in the creation of her works.

Misty’s current work tries to create a “full circle” of happiness, meaning that what she creates brings her happiness and the audience happiness.  She uses tongue-in-cheek humor, imagination, curiosity, and whimsy as vehicles of expression for her happiness quest.  She hopes that the big take away for the audience after viewing her work is an overall feeling of happiness.  Another element that is fundamental to Misty’s work is the desire to create work that pushes against the traditional ideas of fine art.  To accomplish this, she uses vending machines and faux kiosks as structures to not only present her work but also to sell as an entire piece.

Through all of her work, Misty has the desire to focus on the happy, the positive, the humor, rather than dwell on the dark, the sad, and the bad there is in our world.  She hopes that after viewing her work others can see this too.

 

Brandie Centi, Glass Artist

Brandie Centi

Artist, Instructor and Studio Coordinator at JDraper Glass LLC

Artist Statement
Everyday objects and designs influence my desire to create glass.  Whether I am walking down the street, reading magazines or sitting in a park, I can see colors, patterns and designs.  Seeing and crafting those ideas into drawings begins the journey of morphing those designs into beautiful glass vessels and utilizing glass, whether it is clear, pastel or bold hues, gives me the opportunity to create a unique piece of art that is shared with others so that they, too, will enjoy the beauty of glass.