Jay Musler Bio

Bio: Jay Musler


Jay Musler (Sacramento, California in 1949) is an American glass artist. From 1968 to 1971, he attended the California College of the Arts (Oakland, California). Recognized as an innovative force in the glass arts for over three decades, he was twice awarded fellowships by the National Endowment for the Arts. A studend of Marvin Lipofsky at the California College of Arts and Crafts in the late 1960s, Mr. Musler worked as a glassblower for nearly a decade. He developed a distinctive approach to his art work through lampworking, cutting, assembling and then painting his works, saturating the surfaces with rich, varied colors. His signature work, Cityscape, is considered a major work of 20th-century American studio crafts.

The MH de Young Museum (San Francisco, California), Corning Museum of Glass (New York), Los Angeles County Museum of Art (California), The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), Renwick Gallery of American Art at the Smithsonian Institute (Washington, D.C.), Musee de Design et d’Arts Appliques Contemporains (Lausanne, Switzerland), the United States Embassy (Istanbul, Turkey), Kitano Museum (Tokyo, Japan), and Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art (Sapporo, Japan) are among the public collections holding his work.

In addition to  fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the California Arts Council, Mr. Musler received awards at the Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art’s exhibition, and World Glass Now in Sapporo, Japan.

Jay Musler lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, California.