Meet Jon Biscan: Artist, Instructor, Musician - Third Degree Glass Factory
ST. LOUIS, MO 63108
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Meet Jon Biscan: Artist, Instructor, Musician

Biscan’s work ranges from sculptural totems and botanicals to functional vessels. He teaches glass classes and demonstrates glassblowing for groups. And he plays guitar. And he gardens. On his way to becoming a Renaissance Man? Could be…

How did you begin working with glass?  Ten years ago I assisted for a couple of Third Degree glassblowers. I loved the energy of hot glass and the way it felt – so full of potential. Then in 2009 I took my first glass class – a flameworking workshop taught by Dustin Tabor, but I had already been blowing glass and flameworking on my own for several years.

Why glass as sculpture?  I was hooked four years ago when I saw glass-sculpting demonstrations by Jasen Johnsen. It’s quite fun and the results can be stunning.

What’s in your toolbox?  A butter knife I found at a thrift store for 25 cents. It’s the perfect tool for sculpting in the really fine details.

What are you working on now?  I love working sculpturally, but I also like blowing functional vessels. I’m currently working on a series of large bowls in transparent colors. They make exceptional fruit bowls.

And you teach?  I love seeing how excited students are about working in glass. It reminds me of how I felt when I started.

What’s next?  Combining vessels and sculptures. At the last Third Friday I made a vase with a tree on the side and it turned out pretty good.

What do you love to do when not in the studio?  I like music and play guitar. It’s fun to hear people play around town. I’m also in a band that plays folk and Americana. And lately I’m gardening and eating those tasty veggies I grew from seeds. I have two dogs and a cat who provide tons of entertainment.

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