Probstein Studios – Traditional Lampworked Glass featured at the BMAC this August 1-3, 2009

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Jason Probstein is a lampworker living in Asheville, North Carolina. He works glass tubing and rod with a torch to first heat and then shape his pieces. He uses Corning Pyrex, a strong and very durable glass.

Jason received a degree in scientific glassblowing from Salem Community College and has studied Venetian glass techniques at the Penland School of Crafts.

When Jason Probstein had blows each goblet, using the skills taught to him while attending Salem Community College, he fumes pure gold and silver to each piece. The red wine makes the lightweight glass opaque, which brings out clear lines or dots blown into each piece. These wine glasses are durable enough for everyday use and can be put into dishwashers without concern.

Jason has reached a goal of having his collectables in museum gift shops throughout the Untied States. His lightweight, durable ornaments are unique in shape and color pattern. This is what makes Jason Probstein’s work stand out among other artist.

While in Israel, Jason went to the National Museum and was inspired by ancient traditional glass. He saw shapes and sizes that stimulated him. When back in the studio, he incorporated these ancient shapes into functional art. These collected pieces are now enjoyed throughout the country.

Surrounded by the beautiful Appalachian Mountains Jason is inspired by the natural world as well as the art community in Asheville, NC. Jason has many well-established relationships with local galleries such as the Grovewood Gallery in the Grove Park Inn, and Mountain Made. While serving as a volunteer for the Asheville Arts Council, it was quite apparent that there was local support for the art community and this is what makes Asheville, NC a perfect place to create.

He has performed glassblowing demonstrations at Walt Disney World. His work is sold at top galleries and museum gift shops including the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. and The Art Institute of Chicago.

Jason’s spirited, passionate commitment to consistency and perfection make each of his pieces an original, unique signed work of art.


Mr. Taylor holds degrees from Middlebury College in Vermont, the San Francisco Art Institute, and New York University. He is recognized for his talents as a fine artist and has shown his paintings in the U.S. and Europe. His pottery can be seen in collections at the Museum of Contemporary Crafts in New York, the Oakland (CA) Museum, the City of Taipei (Taiwan) Museum, and in the collection of the city of San Francisco.

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