some of the most important pieces of my career


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Black coral rock
Black and clear diagonal cross hatch distortion (pendant)
Gold ball earrings and pendant set.

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What this little guy can do

I’ve landed myself in an unexpected career. I didn’t even know of glass blowing or flame working existence.

I was going through some books and came across my mother’s bank book. It had less than two hundred dollars. I panicked thinking she didn’t have enough to send me school so decided right there I’ll drop out to find a job and help her with bills etc.

I got a few interviews but it had proven to hard especially since I left school without any qualifications. I was literally walking around looking for work and that’s when I stumbled upon a glassblowing shop. The owner greeted me, he went on to tell me about classes being done.  I said I didn’t have money for classes.  I was almost through the door when he then said” there an option to do work trade” , I can work for torch time. I thought about it for a min,he took me in the workshop where I met my first teacher. They gave me a business card and told me if I’m interested I can come back.I returned a few weeks later and started my work trade.

Althought I dropped out of school without any qualifications I managed to achieve these awards and certificates to which I am proud.

My CV

Jamal J Ifill

Simple and minimalistic are two words used to describe art yet it’s more than what meets the eye. For the past ten years I’ve focused on creating the ‘marriage’ of the technique with the finished piece.

My art doesn’t speak to a particular aspect of economic or social status but it expresses the inspirations of my life growing up in the Caribbean. My inspirations aren’t just about beauty, it’s more when closer look is taken.

I believe in the functionality of art. Imperfect perfection.

EDUCATION:

Apprentice to glass artist Steve Ludwick Eugene OR 2003

Attended art classes Community Development 2003

Studied at the Revere School of Glass Berkeley CA under Dustin Revere, Dave Strobel and John Kobuki 2008

Studied under Robert Mickelsen 2012

AWARDS/ CERTIFICATES:

Nominee for Bambusa Award 2006 Bmex

Gold and Silver awards for nifca 2007

Best new design in Fashion Bmex 2011

Certificate of appreciation for a piece given to HRH Princess Anne

EXHIBITIONS:

Barbados Consulate General to Canada

Contact:

Shop #17 Pelican Craft Centre, Princess Alive Hwy, St.Michael,Bridgetown, Barbados.

Tel. 2464353865

Email: jamal@crystalf.com

My coming post will explain why this cv is very important to me.

Wedding bouquet

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This is the crystal wedding “bouquet”, Custom made. The bride wanted to have something she can cherish long after the wedding,instead of the tradition flowers which would wither after some time. She opted for this piece.

Website vs Blog

Which is really better?  A professional will tell you opt for a website, it has a more serious appeal regarding your clients. I back this I actually think it’s true.

Before I started blogging I had an option between the website and a blog, I opted for the blog.  To be honest I was looking at costs. The blog is cheaper but more importantly it feels better to have a blog.I get to express my views and write my autobiography. I’m not a writer, my grammar may not be the best but there’s a sincere fulfillment when I write and the WordPress community is quite encouraging.

The blog suites me better. I can express my artistic views which is what a website doesn’t allow.