About the artist
Jack Alden’s artistry shines through each unique piece of his glass art. Jack works in a variety of styles, creating pieces that range from pendants to vessels, goblets, and his signature trees -- each one a studio-crafted work of art. Originally from Burlington, Vermont, Jack blends his love of water, trees, snow, and elements of nature into his glass creations. Color, shape, and movement capture these themes.
It all started in St. Petersburg, Florida, where he first studied glass at Eckerd College. Amid a growing local art scene, Jack fueled his passion for glass by studying under Dave Walker and working as a docent at the Chihuly collection of the Morean Art Gallery, sharing his enthusiasm for and knowledge of the studio glasswork of artist Dale Chihuly. Inspired by this world of glass art, Jack followed Chihuly’s advice to work and study more, taking a break from academics to study at the Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina. Upon his return to St. Petersburg, Jack continued with Chihuly and took a position as artist in residence with Zen Glass Studio, where he continued his work with Dave Walker, Josh Poll, and Christian Z.
He has since made the move to Richmond, Virginia, where he spent the fall of 2012 as a teaching assistant for Christopher McElroy in the VCU School of the Arts, and as a glass handler for the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Chihuly Tour. In addition to caring for the exhibit while at the VMFA, Jack worked with the Seattle-based team to unpack, assemble, and ultimately take down the Chihuly exhibit that is currently touring the U.S. Inspired by the community and the art scene of Richmond, Jack found in this city the opportunity to open his own first studio, Studio 1050, in 2013 while studying for his Business & Entrepreneurship degree at Virginia Commonwealth University.
After three years developing and running his studio, Jack started a new project, USArt Odyssey, and took a 7-month road trip around the U.S. He had the chance to return to inspirational places, as well as discover new studios and environments where he had the chance to interact and collaborate with artists. From Art Basel in Miami, FL to GAS in Corning, NY, 2016 has been an important step for his art and the beginning of his career.
Exploration and interaction are Jack’s driving forces, encouraging him to expand overseas and spend the summer 2016 working in the southwest of France, in a glassblowing studio on Île de Ré.
Jack Alden is an artist and a student of the studio glass movement, working to develop new techniques and give life to creativity through glass. He now resides in Richmond, Virginia where he teaches at the Visual Arts Center and continues to push his artwork forward.