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.

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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.

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.

Brandie Centi, Glass Artist

Brandie Centi-Fislar

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.