J. Draper Glass

J. Draper Glass

The Team

the joy of teamwork

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.

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.

Misty Long

Artist, Instructor and Studio Manager at JDraper Glass LLC

Artist Statement
My work has many facets, but all of them stem from a desire to push people out of their comfort zone and challenge what they have previously come to accept.  In my work, I use some sort of humor or funny sense of expression. These different expressions vary, ranging from inside jokes to generation-specific topics to broad cultural issues.  My most recent work was an installation consisting of larger than life games for my Bachelors in Fine Arts senior thesis.  In this event, called disPlay, I reached out to a broader audience through the wide time frame from which the games were chosen.  The Lite Brite, Jenga, a toddlers shape game, and Monkeys in a Barrel inspired the games I created for my event.  My goal was for people to enter my event not as viewers, but as participants.  People played with the games and hopefully the outcome of this experience resulted in a transformation in the way they perceive glass. With this new focus of work, I want to break that boundary of glass being so dangerous and “for display only.”  I want this event to be the vehicle that drives people to think and act differently, not only about the material of glass, but also about how they perceive and make choices throughout life.

Biography
I was born in 1988 in the town of Havana, Illinois.  My dream has always been to be a teacher of the visual arts. I began my undergraduate studies in the teacher education program at Illinois State University.  In my first semester, I discovered glass and have been addicted ever since. While in the education program I realized that I was not meant to teach in the typical school setting. I want to teach through the art that I make so I switched my major to Glass.  Glass feeds the energetic, independent, and conceptual.  I graduated from Illinois State University in 2013 with a Bachelor in Fine Arts degree in Glass with a minor in Art History.  Currently I assist glass artist Jeremie Draper and am a grad-at-large student at Illinois State University glass department.

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.