about

capturing this moment in vitality

J Draper Glass offers 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. By encouraging in-depth exploration of this beautiful medium, J Draper Glass cultivates a deeper understanding of the art of hand blown glass.

JEREMIE DRAPER

INSTRUCTOR and OWNER OF J DRAPER 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 breath 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.

background​

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, J Draper Glass LLC is now located at The Studios on Sheridan, located at the corner of Main and 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.

Brandie Centi-Fislar

Instructor and Studio coordinator at J draper 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.

Biography

Brandie was born in the small town of Clearfield, PA, in 1992. Growing up she was very involved in sports. Soccer and swimming consumed her life but she always loved to draw. Since she was young she had always planned on becoming an art teacher.

background

Brandie attended Lincoln College in Lincoln, where she played soccer and swam on scholarships. She was also a lifeguard and a student ambassador in her free time. Once she graduated with her Associates in Art, she then transferred to Illinois State University where she would pursue a teaching career. A week before classes started, Brandie was having second thoughts and dropped the program out of fear of student teaching. She then switched her major to drawing.

After taking fundamental classes, she took glass blowing as an elective class. Half way through the semester, she changed her major to glass. Her love and passion for this new art grew so much, so fast. In the winter of 2014, Brandie graduated from Illinois State University with a Bachelors in Science in Studio Art with a concentration in Glass Blowing. Since then she has worked for Africano Studios and currently works as an instructor and Studio Coordinator at JDraper Glass.

Molly Neuhauser

assistant and gallery manager at j draper glass LLC

ARTIST STATEMENT

Glass found me at the time I needed it most. As I began crafting this obscure material, curiosity became an obsession. Growing with ferocity, this passion is my soul fire. Natural forces and ancient tools give a glassblower the ability to breathe life into form. This fluid gesture is freedom.

Biography

Molly Neuhauser was raised in Morton, IL. She grew up training as a competitive gymnast, learning discipline and the symbiosis of self-growth and teamwork. Her parents, Tim and Faith, supported her growing imagination by providing craft supplies, a helping hand, and years of traveling as a family.

Molly discovered blown glass while studying Art History at Illinois State University. At first contact, she was captivated by the lively material. Her background in historical studies (specifically the Roman Empire) created the need to learn and master the sacred craft of glassblowing. After luckily stumbling into J Draper Glass, she found her hot shop home to evolve and create. Her glass education continues under the mentorship of Jeremie Draper and Brandie Fislar- assisting both artists, learning to instruct classes, and running our online shop and social media. Molly has a passion for family roots, antiques, female empowerment, and all living things. She translates these values into her work by incorporating found objects into sculptural glass pieces and seeking strength in vulnerability-with glass as a glowing guide.

Mary Vozenilek

Instructor and Studio manager at J draper Glass LLC

ARTIST STATEMENT

As a potter and a glassblower, I have enjoyed creating functional vessels in both media. My functional glassware is often inspired by historical forms and the bright color that can rarely be achieved by ceramics. I enjoy glass for its fluidity and the way it interacts with light; it is one of the very few media that retains perfect function while allowing light to pass through it. Glass allows me to play with transparency and form in a way that cannot be achieved by clay.

Background

Mary has developed a body of sculptural glass work made with the integration of found objects to glass. They are Seussian tools, or tools that look bright and exciting, but that do not hold any possible function. These tools are inspired by the traumatic events that have occurred both within her family and in the world itself in recent months. As someone who is often leaned on to ‘fix’ others, these tools represent the internal frustration she faces with her inability to fix the situations that were foisted upon her. They were problems that cannot be solved by any simple means or one person. While people often search for simple fixes to complex problems, these objects are nonsensical and counterproductive. The tools appear shiny and exciting, inviting the idea of function, but actually using them would be frustrating and impotent.