Born in 1949 in Sacramento, CA, Jay Musler has been recognized as an innovative force in the glass arts for over three decades, having twice been awarded fellowships by the National Endowment for the Arts. He studied with Marvin Lipofsky at the California College of Arts and Crafts in the late 1960s, and worked as a glassblower for nearly a decade. After that he developed his distinctive approach to his art through lampworking, cutting, assembling and then painting his works, saturating the surfaces with rich, varied colors.
His signature piece, Cityscape, is considered to be one of the major works of 20th-century American studio crafts.
Jay’s work is exhibited at many museums, including the Corning Museum of Glass, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Renwick Gallery of American Art at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C., the Musee de Design et d’Arts Appliques Contemporains in Lausanne, Switzerland, the United States Embassy in Istanbul, Turkey, the Kitano Museum in Tokyo, Japan, and the Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art in Sapporo, Japan.
His work is found at major glass galleries in the U.S. He has held solo shows across the U.S. and is one of the top American glass artists.