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Jack Pine Artist Biography and Art Gallery Collection
Jack Pine, who was born and raised in the Circleville, Ohio area, has always had an eye, for art and color. Jack says, "Going to Logan Elm High School, was such a blessing due to the fantastic art program." After high school, Jack studied under scholarship at The Columbus College of Art and Design. After a tour of duty, in Germany, with the U.S. Army, Jack obtained a degree in Fine Arts from CCAD. It was after his degree, that Jack developed the art of glass blowing, working for Ornamental Blown Glass, Seattle, Washington and Maytum Glass Studio, Boulder, Colorado. At this point in his life, he ventured out on his own and founded Jack Pine Studio. Starting with oil lamps and Christmas ornaments, he stumbled over the idea of making glass pumpkins, for the Circleville Pumpkin Show. This recommendation from a friend, has proved to be a good one, since the Pumpkin Show is his best show every year. Why didn't he think of this before? After all, Jack Pine was born and raised in "Pumpkin Town." All one has to do is look at the Water Tower in Circleville, to know that Circleville is "Pumpkin Town." The annual celebration of the harvest, has turned into the largest street festival in the United States of America, with the largest pumpkin in the show, winding up weighing upwards of 1,500 to 1,800 pounds.
Jack Pine Studio, in Lakewood, Colorado has produced many colorful glass pumpkin creations that are displayed in dozens of fine homes and art galleries around the world, as well as sold in dozens of exclusive gift shops around the world. After living in Colorado, for more that 15 years and commuting back to Central Ohio, for the Pumpkin Show, Jack has decided to pull up stakes and return home, to be closer to his family. He has relocated to Columbus, Ohio and has established his studio on East Fifth Avenue, near the Short North and Downtown Columbus. He continues the art of glass blowing by inflating or expanding molten blobs of glass with small amounts of air to make luminescent pieces. Rolling the skillfully hand-blown forms in an assortment of hued crystals or finely ground powders creates patterns of lustrous colors against the surface of the glass.
Jack Pine, while he works effortlessly designing the artwork, he acknowledges that it takes years of experience and a great number of disappointing failures to reach his degree of competence.With playful colors and details, Jack Pine's glass sculptures are the perfect accent to any room. Deep-rooted in his farmland rearing the artisans’ magnificent innovations range from replicating eggs, pumpkins and acorns to gourds that accurately represent his connection with nature. Jack Pine's love of interpreting organic themes is apparent; however, his eye for creating colorful pitcher and vase shapes is equally as impressive as the aforementioned forms.