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Jon Kuhn received 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

He 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.

portrait photo of Jon

wing sculpture

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.

large Kuhn glass sculpture

Kuhn's Work Dances!

Kuhn sculptures in Mulvane gallery

Autumn Bounty
light refracted in Kuhn sculpture

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