Jason Stein

Jason Stein is a jeweler and metalsmith based in Matthews, North Carolina in the United States. He received his BFA in Metals/Jewelry from RIT in 2008 and received his MFA in Metal Design from ECU in 2010. He works full-time as a bench and custom jeweler in Charlotte, NC and taught curriculum jewelry and metalsmithing classes at Central Piedmont Community College from 2017-2021. His work has been featured in national and international exhibitions such as “Metamorphoses” at the Bayerischer Kunstgewerbeverein (Bavarian Craft Council) in Munich, Germany for Munich Jewelry Week 2022, “Missing Memories” and “Until Death Do Us Part” at Alliages Gallery in Lilles, France, and Craft Form 2017 and 2018 at Wayne Arts Center in the United States. He has completed artist residencies at Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh, PA, Pocosin Arts, Peters Valley School of Craft, and the Penland School For Craft. His work is in the collection of the Mint Museum of Craft and Design in Charlotte, NC.

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Temporal Resonance #6

Date of Creation: January 1, 2020

List of Materials: Steel, Brass, Polyester Cord

Dimensions: 2.75"H x .75"D x 2.25"W

Photographer's Name: Jason Stein

Model's Name: Jason Stein

Conceptual Statement: This image is a studio self-portrait that re-imagines the maker (myself) as an illusionist or performer in the golden age of vaudeville and stage magicians. With the rise and prevalence of social media in today's modern digital landscape, the artist or maker often find themselves in the position of controlling and manipulating an audiences perception of their work and studio practice. While this subtle act of sleight of hand or misdirection can be seen as a form of deception, it is often a crucial way in which a maker gives layers of context and meaning to their work. Additionally, while the open and transparent sharing of processes and techniques within a creative field leads to a richer, stronger, and more diverse community of makers, learning the process of making without a contextual framework of the skill and time required can occasionally devalue the subtleties and complexities of a finished piece to the end viewer.

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Temporal Resonance #6

Date of Creation: 01/01/2020

List of Materials: Steel, Brass, Polyester Cord

Dimensions: 2.75"H x .75"D x 2.25"W

Photographer's Name: Jason Stein

Model's Name: Jason Stein

Conceptual Statement: This image is a studio self-portrait that re-imagines the maker (myself) as an illusionist or performer in the golden age of vaudeville and stage magicians. With the rise and prevalence of social media in today's modern digital landscape, the artist or maker often find themselves in the position of controlling and manipulating an audiences perception of their work and studio practice. While this subtle act of sleight of hand or misdirection can be seen as a form of deception, it is often a crucial way in which a maker gives layers of context and meaning to their work. Additionally, while the open and transparent sharing of processes and techniques within a creative field leads to a richer, stronger, and more diverse community of makers, learning the process of making without a contextual framework of the skill and time required can occasionally devalue the subtleties and complexities of a finished piece to the end viewer.

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10 Bullets: A Makers Meditation

Date of Creation: 01/01/2020

List of Materials: Found Objects, Brass, Copper, Stainless Steel Cable, Garnets, Paper

Dimensions: 24" Long Detachable Prayer Beads

Photographer's Name: Jason Stein

Conceptual Statement: *Please note this piece and the image of the piece on a notebook with written text serves as a supplemental featured object for the previous 2 submitted styled studio self-portrait images "Sleight of Hand". This piece functions as a set of secular prayer beads or a wearable necklace utilizing a repurposed industrial quick-release pin. Each of the 10 brass "bullet" units can be unscrewed and opened to reveal an interior paper scroll with 1 of 10 guiding principles or bullet points for makers and creative individuals. In addition, the main pendant component features removable brass components with bezel-set garnets and an interior chamber that is filled with tumbled garnet pebbles that can be removed and handled as a form of sensory focus and meditation.

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