Tony Jojola | This artist is a member of SWAIA.org South Western Association for Indian Arts
Tony Jojola is one of a handful of Native American Hot Glass Artists, Jojola was born in Isleta Pueblo, New Mexico. He has become one of today's premier Hot Glass Artists in the nation and his reputation extends internationally. Crafts were a part of his heritage, he tried making pottery and jewelry. Nothing really grabbed him until he discovered glass. Tony honors his grandfather by using some of his grandfathers jewelry stamps on some of his vessels. Tony attended the Institute of American Indian Arts where immediately fell in love with the fluidity and the permanence of molten glass and realized the potential of creating a native art glass movement. He then went on a study at the Pilchuck Glass School in Washington, where he apprenticed with Dale Chihuly, Master of American Glass Art and became a member of Chihuly famed tour of glass artist. Tony enjoys working with young artists. In 1996 he established the Taos Glass Arts & Education in Northern New Mexico. Giving back to his community by training at-risk youth and younger ones from Taos Pueblo in a viable and fulfilling skill. Since 2001 Tony's glass bears have been presented to recipients of the Unsung Heroes and Citizens of the Year Award held annually in Taos. In 2003 Jojola and ceramic artist Rosemary Lonewolf completed a 30 foot permanent installation for the Heard Museum titled "Indigenous Evolution" an art fence which Jojola states is about "going through boundaries, symbolizing how strong our culture is, how persistent our existence." Jojola's work is distinguished by the Incorporation of his native heritage. Vessels follow traditional forms olla seed kars and baskets. He uses motifs that are important to Pueblo culture. Thunderbirds, dragonflies, water serpents. Fellowships and exhibits have honored Tony Jojola's work across the United States and Europe. His work has been exhibited in the Wheelwright Museum. (Retrospective) National Museum of the American Indian, the Heard Museum, and the Burke Museum to name a few.

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