Jason Stein is a jeweler, metalsmith, and sculptor living in Matthews, NC. He received his Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in Metals and Jewelry Design from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 2008 and then pursued and received his Masters of Fine Art in Metal Design from East Carolina University in 2010. His work has been featured in national and international exhibitions and symposiums such as the 4th Annual International Belt Buckle Championships, Carolina's Got Art at Elder Gallery in Charlotte, NC, State of Matter: Juried Small Iron works at STEAMworks in Scranton, PA, the International Iron Casting Symposium in Kellokoski, Finland, and the Stone/Color land art symposium and exhibition at Pedvale Sculpture Park in Latvia.
"I come from a traditional fine craft background, and my creative process and studio practice focuses on the idea of control, both in the physical world around us and within our own consciousness. I am interested both visually and historically in the technology of machinery and manufacturing, industrial landscapes and aesthetics, locks and security devices, and methods and structures of access and control. My recent work deals with the interpretation of jewelry and sculptural forms as a gateway into the inner workings of one's mental structures and internal thought processes. Through the creation of my sculptural forms and objects, I seek to explore the nature of the unconscious mind, and create physical representations and reinterpretations of the structures of one's internal mental landscape."