J.J. Brown

I have always been interested in art, but being an artist seemed pretty scary. So instead, I joined Miami-Dade Fire Rescue. For 30 years it was a great job and I got to help a lot of people, so I don’t regret that choice. Near the end of my career though, I became interested in glass art. I began with stained glass (cold), progressed to fused and slumped glass (warm) and eventually became involved in glass casting and glass blowing (hot). I have built a glass studio in my house and work in both hot and warm glass.

I have studied at The Studio at Corning, NY, Pilchuck Glass School, WA and at the Penland School of Crafts, NC. I have been a resident artist at the University of Miami Glass Facility in Coral Gables, FL, attending workshops with Fritz Dreisbach, Jose Chardiet, Dino Rosin and Irene Frolik. I have also taught glass fusing at Rowe Studios Art Glass in Miami.

In October 2007, I married artist Simona Rosasco. Together we own and operate our studio in western North Carolina. Our work is an exploration of just some of the potential of working with hot and warm glass.