his BFA in ceramics from Washburn University in 1972. Since
leaving Topeka Jon has focused on work in glass. His works
have been acquired by the Smithsonian Institution, the Metropolitan
Museum of Art in New York City and the permanent collection
of the White House.
graduated in 1978 from Virginia Commonwealth with a master's
degree of fine arts in glassblowing and set up his own studio
in Staunton, Virginia.
After nine years of glassblowing Kuhn began his
current interest in molding glass, which involves laminating pieces
of finely ground and polished glass together to form work as a whole.
These complex pieces can include between 5,000 to 6,000 components.
and can take as long as one-and-a-half to two years to complete.
The simplest of Jon's pieces may sell for $5,000, with more complex
pieces bringing $100,000 or more.
Mysticism and spirituality have been long been
the inspiration for his work. Kuhn studies Zen Buddhism and philosophical
texts such as the I Ching. Meditation is a part of his daily routine
and his work reflects these values and philosophies.
His current business, Kuhn
Studio, Inc. is in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and
employs 27 people. He is married
to University of Kansas graduate Sharon Gill Kuhn and has four children.
These photos were taken at a three-gallery one-man show at Kuhn's undergrad school, Washburn University, in the Mulvane Art Museum.