José Chardiet designs and creates his glass sculptures by using blowing and casting processes. His ideas stem from various topics ranging from Spanish still-life painting to African Art. Chardiet’s goal is to create sculptures imbued with a spiritual and inner life. José Chardiet received his BA in 1980 from Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, Connecticut. He received his MFA in 1983 from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. José has taught at Penland School of Crafts, Pilchuck Glass School, and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. From 1991-2000 he was the Professor of Glass and Sculpture at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His work is included in numerous private and public collections such as the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, New York, Museum of Art and Design, New York and the Yokohama Museum of Art in Yokohama, Japan. Since 2000, he has maintained a studio in Providence, Rhode Island.