My work involves multiple processes, interchangeable components and a variety of materials with a focus on blown glass. As my creative process has evolved, I have blurred the lines between lampworking and traditional glass blowing in aspects of technique, scale, and texture. There is excitement in the unknown while each piece is created and ideas are translated through the use of heat and movement. The modular nature of my work allows for creative spontaneity during assembly and leaves space for the unexpected, dissolving the barrier between existence and action.
Biography Jonathan Davis is an artist from Durham, North Carolina who has been practicing his love for art, music, and agriculture since childhood. While studying jazz at North Carolina Central University in 2001, Jonathan had the opportunity to apprentice as a glass craftsman at the Carolina Glass Arts Studio located in the central park district in downtown Durham. He has studied and worked with many talented artists including renowned master glassblower Emilio Santini and taught glassblowing to hundreds of students and talented Groups like the Cirque du Soleil performance troupe. Davis creates sculptural art, specializing in lighting and installations. He utilizes a number of processes in his work such as sandblasting, cold working, painting and powder coating. With a bright, playful, style that is abstract and uncommon, many liken his work to a mixture of Dr. Seuss and Alice in Wonderland. Jonathan spends much of his time travelling, creating glass sculptures, rock climbing, whitewater kayaking, and considering how to use his time wisely.
Resume Education 2001--‐2003 Carolina Glass Arts Studio Apprenticeship 2008 private study under Emilio Santini 2010 furnace glassblowing private study, Sally Resnik Thermal lab 2014 Scientific glassblowing, private study under Mike Gnann Selected Exhibitions 2013 Windows on Chapel Hill, Town of Chapel Hill public art exhibit, NC 2013 Crank Arm Brewery, Raleigh, NC lighting collaboration with Nate Sheaffer 2008--‐2014 Chatham Studio Tour, Chatham Artists Guild, Pittsboro, NC 2014 Sculpture in the Garden, Chapel Hill Botanical Gardens, NC 2014 Tupelo Honey Café, Raleigh, NC, lighting collaboration with Mcconnell Studios 2014 Fabricator for Laura Belem’s 1,000 bells project, Contemporary Art Museum Raleigh, NC 2015 The Ritz Music hall, (A Live Nation Venue) Raleigh, NC lighting installation collaboration with Nate Sheaffer 2015 IX Art Park, Charlottesville, VA lighting installation 2015 Sculpture in the Garden, Chapel Hill Botanical Gardens, NC 2015 Tupelo Honey Café, Nashville, TN lighting collaboration with Mcconnell Studios 2015 City Tap Bar Outdoor lighting Installation, Pittsboro, NC 2016 Shimmer Outdoor lighting and installation exhibition, Carrboro, NC 2016 Tupelo Honey Café, Atlanta, GA lighting collaboration with Mcconnell Studios Bibliography Chatham Living Magazine, cover, p.22--‐26, 2008 edition Forrest Greenslade, Chatham County Line, cover, Vol. 8, issue 10 Gerry Broome, “NC artists burns glass into sculptures” Associated Press, September 23, 2014 Texts Jonathan Davis, “Borosilicate Sunflower Pendant Tutorial” The Annealer Magazine, Vol. 3, Winter 2008, p. 27--‐30 Teaching 2002--‐2003 Durham Arts Council, lampworking, Session Instructor 2003, Cirque du Soleil, lampworking workshop, Instructor 2010 Jesse Sanderson High School, Visual Art Honors Class, lampworking, Guest Instructor 2007---2015 North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics mini--‐term, Session Instructor 2008--‐2011 Central Carolina Community College, Introduction to lampworking Continuing Education, Session Instructor 2011 North Carolina State University, School of Business Management, team building workshop, Instructor 2011 UNC Charlotte Art Club, lampworking workshop, Instructor 2011 High Point University Art Club Introduction to lampworking, Instructor 2012--‐2016 North Carolina State University Craft Center Introduction to borosilicate, Spring/Fall Session Instructor 2013 High Point University Introduction to lampworking workshop, Instructor 2014 Siemens team building event, Introduction to lampworking workshop, Instructor 2014 University North Carolina Charlotte Art Club, Introduction to lampworking workshop 2014 North Carolina State, School of Architecture, Alternative materials workshop, Guest Instructor 2014 North Carolina State University, School of Business Management, Team building workshop, Instructor Awards 2010 Chatham Artists Guild, Studio Tour Showcase “Honorable Mention” 2012 Chatham Studio Tour, Studio Tour Showcase “Best in Show” Award 2014 Botanical Gardens, Sculpture in the Garden show, “Merit Award” Judge Carolyn Putney Chief Curator of The Toledo Museum of Art 2015 Botanical Gardens, Sculpture in the Garden show, “Merit Award” Judge Jennifer Edwards, Bechtel Museum of Art Residencies 2016 G.A.P.P. Artist Residency at the Toledo Museum of Art