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Janusz Poźniak grew up in the U.K. and started working with glass when he was 19 years old. Driven by his passion for pursuing a creative career, he moved to the U.S.A in 1991 to work alongside Dale Chihuly. This opportunity allowed him to expand his knowledge, talent, and skill for blowing glass. Throughout his career Janusz has been privileged to work with some of the most prominent glass artists in the world including Lino Tagliapietra, Dante Marioni, Sonja Blomdahl, Josiah McElheny, Dick Marquis and Preston Singletary. In addition he has travelled all over the globe to teach and mentor others, providing students with the skills, inspiration and encouragement to fulfill their own artistic visions. Janusz's work is aesthetically described as pushing the boundaries beyond form and function to abstractly reflect his own personal experiences and distill human emotion. After nearly 30 years as an artist, Janusz is still discovering new ways of experimenting and evolving his work to elevate and communicate the unique beauty of glass as an artistic medium.


Education:

1986         Bachelor of Arts degree, Glass - West Surrey College of Art & Design, Farnham, England

1982         D.A.T.E.C. diploma, Southport College of Art, Merseyside, England


 

Teaching:

2018 Pittsburgh Glass Center, Pittsburgh, PA

2017 The Glass Furnace, Istanbul, Turkey

2017 Ways of Glass, Sazava, Czech Republic

2015 Ruskin Glass Center, Stourbridge, UK

2014 Ways of Glass, Sazava, Czech Republic

2014 The Glass Furnace, Istanbul, Turkey

2014 Pittsburgh Glass Center, Pittsburgh, PA

2013 The Glass Furnace, Istanbul, Turkey

2013 Pittsburgh Glass Center, Pittsburgh, PA

2012 Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC

2010 Pratt Fine Arts Center, Seattle, WA

2010 Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY

2009 Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY

2008 Pittsburgh Glass Center, Pittsburgh, PA (co teaching with David Walters)

2008 North Lands Creative, Lybster, Scotland, (co teaching with Tobias Mohl)

1994 Pratt Fine Arts Center, Seattle, WA


 

Exhibitions:

2014 “Blown Away, Cast Away”, Bainbridge Arts & Crafts, Bainbridge Island, WA

2014 “Glass Invitational”, Museo Gallery, Langley, WA

2012 “Moore, Marioni and Pozniak”, Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA

2012 “G8”, Winston Watcher Gallery, Seattle, WA

2008 “Looking Forward”, William Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA

2002 SOFA Show, Thomas R Riley Gallery, Chicago, IL

2002 “Constellate: Group Show”, Thomas R Riley Gallery, Columbus, OH

2002 “Grace: Janusz Pozniak”, Thomas R. Riley Gallery, Cleveland, OH

2002 “Pienak & Pozniak”, Baisden Gallery, Tampa, FL

2001 Collector’ Weekend Show, Holsten Gallery, Stockbridge, MA

2001 “Fresh”, Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO

2001 “Terra Nuova Vetra”, William Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA

2000 “A New Wave in Glass”, Baisden Gallery, Tampa, FL. Curated by Dina Rigby

2000 “Creativity and Collaboration: Pilchuck Glass School’s 30 Years” Bumbershoot Festival, Seattle, WA’

2000 “Objects for Use: Made with Pride”, American Craft Museum, New York, NY

2000 “Glass from the Emerald City”, Fresno Art Museum, Fresno,

Awards, Scholarships, Residencies:

 2017 Henry Ford Museum Residency 

2009 New Glass Review 30, The Corning Museum of Glass

1999        New Glass Review 20, The Corning Museum of Glass

1995     Haystack Mountain School of Crafts Scholarship

1994    Artist Trust Fellowship for Design

1994 Haystack Mountain School of Crafts Scholarship

1993  Pilchuck Glass School Scholarship

1992 Haystack Mountain School of Crafts Scholarship

1990 Pilchuck Glass School Scholarship


Professional Experience:

2017 Demonstrating Artist at 5th International Glass Festival, Odunpazari, TR

2017 Visiting Artist / Lecturer with Dante Marioni, Hastings College, Hastings, NE

2015 Demonstrating Artist at International Glass Symposium, Novy Bor, CZ

2015 Visiting Artist / Lecturer , Emporia State University, Emporia, K

2014 Assistant Instructor for Dante Marioni, Niijima Glass Center, Niijima, JP

2009 Assistant to Lino Tagliapietra with Dante Marioni, The Glass furnace, Istanbul, TR

2007 Gaffer, Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA

2002 Visiting Artist, Pittsburgh Glass Center

2002 Visiting Artist, Jam Factory, Adelaide, SA Australia

2001 Visiting Artist, North Lands Creative Glass, Lybster, Scotland

2000 Visiting Artist / Lecturer, University of Miami, Miami, FL

1999 Visiting Artist / Lecturer, Kent State, Kent, OH

1999 Visiting Artist / Lecturer, California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, CA

1997 Gaffer, Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA

1996 Visiting Artist / Lecturer, Suwa Glass Arts Center, Sawa, JP

1995 Assistant Instructor for Dan Dailey and Lino Tagliapietra, Haystack Mountain of Crafts, Deer Isle, ME

1995 Assistant Instructor for Lino Tagliapietra, Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA

1994 Assistant Instructor for Dante Marioni and Lino Tagliapietra, Haystack Mountain

School of Crafts, Deer Isle, ME

1994 Visiting Artist / Lecturer Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI