Jonathan Capps was first introduced to hot glass in 2002 when he became a student of Stephen Rolfe Powell at Centre College (Danville, KY). In 2005 he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree (Studio Art - Glass, '05).
For almost a decade, Capps worked as a freelance artist and glassblower and was engaged with several reputable glass programs, including The Pittsburgh Glass Center, Penland School of Crafts, and The University of Louisville. During this time, Capps traveled extensively to learn, to teach, and pursue mastery of his craft. He received several residencies and scholarships, including Haystack Mountain School of Crafts and the International Artist Residency at Lasikompannia in Nuutajärvi, Finland.
After "thru-hiking" the Appalachian Trail, Capps was accepted into the graduate program at The Ohio State University, earning a Master of Fine Arts degree ('16) with a focus in Studio Art Glass. During his time at Ohio State, he received several awards and scholarships, most notably a travel grant and fellowship as an Archaeological Illustrator in the remote Oğlanqala region of the Autonomous Republic of Naxçivan, Azerbaijan.
Capps continued to teach as Faculty Lecturer in OSU's Department of Art until 2018 when he was awarded a U.S. Fulbright Arts Study & Research Grant. He spent the 2018/2019 academic year engaging with the Finnish glass art community and conducting a research project on cultural, educational, and studio exchanges in glass art.
Capps has taught and exhibited extensively in the U.S. and abroad. Having worked with a myriad of glass artists and makers throughout his career, he has developed a diverse practice, moving fluently between traditional techniques and experimental methods, pushing the boundaries and seeking new applications of the medium. Jonathan welcomes innovative ideas in the studio, bringing fun, energy, and an inspiring enthusiasm into the hot shop.
Selected as a 2020 Fulbright Alumni Ambassador, Capps does outreach, engagement, and recruitment for the U.S. Student Fulbright Program and the U.S. State Department's International Institute of Education (IIE). Currently, Jonathan Capps lives with his family in Columbus, Ohio, where he runs his JC Glassmaker business working as a freelance glass artist and designer. He also volunteers for the Glass Program at OSU, serving as a visiting artist, gaffer, and mentor to undergraduate and graduate students of the program.
Exchange ideas, learn, experiment, and be inspired by the endless possibilities of hot glass!
This May, I am returning to the historic Nuutajärvi Glass Village to co-teach with glass artist and designer Anu Penttinen for a fun week-long session of experimentation, learning, and cultural exchange creating new works of glass and networks of glassmakers!
NUUTAJÄRVI ROLL-UP 2020
The Nuutajärvi Roll-up 2020 workshop celebrates experimentation, exploration, collaboration, learning from one another, sharing techniques and ideas, planting a seed for future work, finding new ways to roll up glass, not just with fused glass sheets or murrini, but maybe a combination of these and much more. It’s about letting loose in the hotshop and being inspired by the material.