Even in midsummer, you can find Jared F. Rosenacker working in his studio, surrounded by 2,150 degree ovens in the hot Texas sun.
Rosenacker has lived and worked all over the world, but after only three years in Austin, he loves the capital. He found success in his move, and his blown glass business, JFR Glass, can be found in some local stores like Prima Dora, Art for the People, and The Austin Shaker.
His glasses have also arrived at the homes of some major celebrities, like Matthew McConaughey of Austin, as part of Longbranch Bourbon’s “All Things Austin” promotion. Rosenacker says success is about coming forward and having a positive mindset.
“I believe a lot in the power of attraction or manifestation. I don’t think anyone who’s ever done anything great in this world has ever said, ‘I don’t believe in myself,'” said Rosenacker. “And it happened a lot, a lot, a lot, a lot faster than I thought it would be. I’m with people like Ed Helms, Courtney Cox and Jessica Alba, to name a few.”
A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Rosenacker began his studies at Bowling Green State University majoring in cinema. On a whim, he decided to take a glassblowing class that he learned from a friend.
The first day of class was packed, but by the second day, half of the students had dropped out. Glassblowing is a game of speed and endurance in the scorching heat, and Rosenacker said it was the intimidating nature and instant creative gratification of working with glass that led him to upgrade to a major in art.
Rosenacker glasses are initially very hot glass drops. (Laura Figi / Australia)
“You don’t do anything right right away, you do those spots that only your mom loves,” Rosenacker said. “It’s intimidating. There’s nothing you do in everyday life in comparison and you use all kinds of different muscles and work with that like nothing else.”
After graduating from college and a brief stint to hone his craft in Seattle, WA, Rosenacker worked in an outreach program for the Corning Museum of Glass, showcasing his skills by working live for them. cruise ship guests.
The experience allowed him to visit 40 different countries, but upon his return he said he was looking for a supportive arts community like the one he had been a part of in Seattle and heard about in Austin.
“(Seattle) is a big, gigantic glass community, the biggest glass community in the world, also a big arts scene,” said Rosenacker. “But he just doesn’t, doesn’t, and probably still doesn’t have Austin’s friendly community and support. I feel like Austin attracts a certain type of vibrant and good person from. high level.”
Rosenacker sells its finished glasses at stores like Prima Dora on South Congress. (JFR Glass)
Until he had a real studio set up in Austin, Rosenacker left town to work in a small silo studio in Bastrop. While he has a diverse portfolio, his primary focus is on creating drinking glasses, which is a perfect fit for impromptu mixologists who emerged during the pandemic.
“It’s just one of those things that is functional, that everyone uses and something that you (use) every day,” Rosenacker said. “A glass of wine will be better when surrounded by friends and a good environment, so it’s just a way to bring more to those everyday moments.”
As her business grows, Rosenackers hopes to expand her line of glasses and even embark on public art projects with some of her fellow artists in the community. For now, know that every JFR glass is handcrafted, just a few miles away.