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Biography: G Brian Juk

Man with short cropped hair and sunglasses uses jacks to work a piece of hot blue glass.
G Brian Juk

G Brian Juk combines techniques in blown, kiln-cast, and hot-worked solid glass to create colorful and functional glass. By making utilitarian pieces, he feels a deeper connection with the user, forging a relationship with someone who is drinking from one of his tumblers or using a candy dish. He also enjoys mixing colors to create his identifiable color schemes. "Glass is intrinsically beautiful, both the process and the final piece," said Juk. "There's no other material that blends color and mixes color like glass.”

First introduced to hot glass in 1998 in his hometown of Detroit, Juk went on to earn a BFA in glass in 2001 at Alfred University. He worked at The Rakow Library and The Studio before joining the Hot Glass team in 2004, narrating and demonstrating for audiences from around the world. In the time since then, he has studied and learned from some of the most talented glassmakers in the world including Pino Signoretto, Karen Willenbrink-Johnsen, and James Mongrain among others. He traveled extensively with the Hot Glass at Sea program and numerous outreach engagements including GlassLab, working closely with designers to prototype unique objects in glass.