"My most recent work focuses primarily on designing and making glass and metal sculptures using blowing and casting processes. Drawing from topics as diverse as Spanish still-life painting, woodwind instruments, and African art, my goal is to create sculptures imbued with a spiritual and inner life. Using the natural transparency and translucency of the material allows the viewer to look beyond the surface, to get to the core or soul of the sculpture. The interplay between the different glass forms suggests family connections and relationships."
Born 1956 Havana, Cuba
B.A., Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, Connecticut, 1980
M.F.A., Kent State University, Kent, Ohio, 1983
Jose Chardiet received his MFA from Kent State University, where he was the Artist in Residence in 1985. He has taught at Pilchuck Glass School, Penland School of Crafts, and the Haystack School of Crafts, and served as Professor of Glass and Sculpture at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign from 1991 to 2000. He has received fellowships from the Institute of International Education, the Ohio Arts Council, and the Creative Glass Center of America.
Jose's work is included in many private and public collections, including the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Art Museum, the Museum of Art and Design in New York, the Corning Museum of Glass, the Yokohama Museum of Art in Japan, and the Musee des Arts Decoratif in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Alexander Tutsek Foundation - Munich, Germany American Craft Museum - New York City, New York Asheville Museum of Art - Asheville, North Carolina Birmingham Museum of Arts - Birmingham, Alabama Cincinnati Art Museum - Cincinnati, Ohio Contemporary Art Museum - Raleigh, North Carolina Corning Museum of Glass, Corning Glass Center - Corning, New York Detroit Institute of Art - Detroit, Michigan Lowe Art Museum - University of Miami - Coral Gables, Florida Mint Museum of Art - Charlotte, North Carolina Musée des Arts Décoratifs - Lausanne, Switzerland Museum of American Glass, Wheaton Village - Millville, New Jersey Museum of Arts and Design - New York, New York Museum of Fine Arts - Boston, Massachusetts Racine Art Museum - Racine, Wisconsin Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum - Washington, D.C. Ringling Museum of Art - Sarasota, Florida Telfair Museum of Art - Savannah, Georgia The High Museum of Art - Atlanta, Georgia University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics, Project Art - Iowa City, Iowa Yokohama Museum of Art - Yokohama, Japan
Blown, hot sculpted and cast glass, 24.5 x 18 x 7.5"