Jason Stein is a jeweler, metalsmith and sculptor living in Matthews, North Carolina. He received his BFA in Metals and Jewelry Design from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 2008 and received his MFA in Metal Design from East Carolina University in 2010. He works full-time as a bench jeweler and teaches curriculum classes in jewelry and metalsmithing at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, North Carolina.
His work has been featured in national and international exhibitions and symposiums such as Craft Forms 2017 at the Wayne Art Center in Wayne, Pennsylvania, the 4th Annual International Belt Buckle Championships, Carolina’s Got Art at Elder Gallery in Charlotte, State of Matter: Juried Small Iron works at STEAMworks in Scranton, Pennsylvania, the International Iron Casting Symposium in Kellokoski, Finland and the “Stone/Color” land art symposium and exhibition at Pedvale Sculpture Park in Latvia.
“I consider myself to be, above all else, a maker and a craftsman. I have always had a love for materials and the use of tools and techniques to manipulate forms to create new structures and ideas,” says Jason. “Specifically, I love working with metal because it can be a challenge to get the material to behave in a manner that suits your needs, but there are multiple processes and techniques available in order to achieve similar results. In this way metalsmithing forces one to problem-solve constantly and overcome challenges faced with a particular design through research, experimentation, and improvisation. These skills translate across many disciplines, whether the manipulation of metal is being used to create fine jewelry, functional craft objects, or sculptural works and fine art pieces.”