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Roland Jahn
Date: German born, American glassmaker, born 1934
Biography: Roland Jahn came to the United States in 1957 on Fulbright and Brittingham scholarships. He attended the University of Wisconsin, where he studied glass with Harvey Littleton, ceramics with Don Reitz, sculpture with Leo Steppat and Abram Schiemmovitz, where he earned degrees in glass, ceramics, sculpture, art, and art education. Jahn moved to Philadelphia in the 1960s where he built the first glass furnace in the Germantown neighborhood and began the glassblowing program at the University of the Arts. His work is inspired by the aesthetics of antique Roman glass, using bowl and platter shapes to render abstract designs. Jahn is represented in the permanent collections of the Delaware Art Museum, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Corning Museum of Glass, and Newark Museum of Art, NJ, among others.