Even in the middle of summer, you can find Jared F. Rosenacker working in his studio, surrounded by 2,150-degree furnaces under the hot Texas sun.
Rosenacker has lived and worked all over the world but after only three years in Austin, he has love for the Capital City. He's found success in his move, and his hand-blown glass company, JFR Glass, can be found in select local shops like Prima Dora, Art for the People and The Austin Shaker.
His glasses have also made it to the homes of some major celebrities, like Austin's own Matthew McConaughey, as part of Longbranch Bourbon's "All Things Austin" promotion. Rosenacker says success is all about having manifestation 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 ever said, 'I don't believe in myself,'" Rosenacker said. "And it happened much, much, much, much faster than I thought it would. I'm in the homes of people like Ed Helms, Courtney Cox and Jessica Alba, just to name a few."
A Cincinnati, Ohio, native, Rosenacker started college at Bowling Green State University as a film major. On a whim, he decided to take a glass-blowing class he learned about through a friend.
Day one of the course was packed but by the second day, half the students had dropped. Glass blowing is a game of speed and endurance in the scorching heat, and Rosenacker said it was the daunting nature and instant creative gratification of working with glass that led him to switch to an art major.
"You don't make anything nice right away, you make these blobs that only your mother loves," Rosenacker said. "It's intimidating. There's nothing you do in daily life in comparison and you use all sorts of different muscles and you work with it unlike anything else."
After graduating college and a brief stint honing his craft in Seattle, Washington, Rosenacker worked in an outreach program for the Corning Museum of Glass, showcasing his skills by doing live work for guests on cruise ships.
The experience allowed him to visit 40 different countries but when he returned, he said he was looking for a supportive art community like the one he had been 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 art scene," Rosenacker said. "But it just does not, did not and probably still does not have the friendly community and support that Austin does. I feel like Austin attracts a certain high-level kind of vibrating, good person."
Rosenacker sells his finished drinkware in stores like Prima Dora on South Congress. (JFR Glass)
Until he gets a proper studio set up in Austin, Rosenacker drives out of town to work from a little silo studio in Bastrop. Though he has a diverse portfolio, his main focus is on creating drinking glasses—an apt fit for the impromptu mixologists that emerged during the pandemic.
"It's just one of those things that's functional, everybody uses and something you (use) every day," Rosenacker said. "A glass of wine is going to taste better when it's around friends and a good setting, so that's just a way to bring more to those everyday moments."
As his business grows, Rosenackers hopes to expand on his drinkware line and even get into some public art projects with some of his fellow artists in the community. For now, know that every JFR glass is made by hand, just a few miles away.
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Despite a 2-0 deficit, there was a pot of gold for Austin FC after all as it celebrated its annual Pride Night with rainbows and a 2-2 comeback draw to FC Dallas Saturday night.
After three FC Dallas losses last season, the Dallas derby draw marks the first time Austin FC has tied against its Copa Texas rival. Austin continues to edge over FC Dallas as it sits at 3rd in the MLS West.
Here are the biggest takeaways from the match:
A somber start
Decked out in colorful hues for LBGTQ+ Pride, Verde fans started the match on a somber note as they held up banners to take a stand against gun violence before the match.
As the national anthem began, fans held up banners with the names of each child that was killed in the Uvalde school shooting and a plea to "end gun violence."
The supporters' section was also dotted with Pride flags and a "Bans off Our Bodies" banner in protest of the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.
FC Dallas earns a 2-0 lead
That sober tone continued onto the pitch. With midfielder Daniel Pereira's absence due to a red card, the Verde and Black lost two goals to FC Dallas by the 70th minute of play.
FC Dallas played it sneaky for the first half of the match, giving Austin FC plenty of room to hold possession as it waited to strike on a Verde error. That mentality proved dangerous for Austin as Dallas' Paul Arriola took advantage of Brad Stuver's deflection to score the first goal of the night in the 57th minute of play.
Dallas struck once more as Brandon Servant pushed past the Verde line to score the second goal of the match.
Austin FC strikes back
But energy quickly returned to Austin's favor thanks to Designated Player Sebastian Driussi, who scooted past several FC Dallas defenders alongside Moussa Djitte to snag an unlikely first goal for Austin.
A full Verde comeback
Austin's subs proved deadly as momentum returned to the home team toward the end of the match. A well-placed cross from Nick Lima—and a diving header from a fresh-legged Danny Hoesen—helped the team secure the draw with a second Verde goal in the 84th minute of play.
Hoesen, who was Austin's first starting striker last season, has now scored two goals with the team after a yearlong injury stuck him on the bench.
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Hours following the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark ruling that guaranteed a constitutional right to an abortion, on Friday, about 1,000 people gathered in Republic Square with signs calling for change.
The rally, organized by the group Rise Up 4 Abortion Rights Texas, started at the federal courthouse on Republic Square on Friday at 5 p.m. before the crowd marched to the Texas Capitol. More protests are expected to ensue over the weekend.
People showed up with all types of signs like Mindy Moffa holding up, "Keep your filthy laws off my silky drawers."
Austin joined cities across the country that saw protests for a women's right to an abortion after the ruling.
According to a recent UT poll, 78% of Texas voters support abortion access in most cases.
Sabrina Talghade and Sofia Pellegrini held up signs directed at Texas laws. A Texas trigger law will ban all abortions from the moment of fertilization, starting 30 days after the ruling. When state legislators passed the trigger law last summer, it also passed laws for more protection of firearms, including the right to open carry without a permit.
Lili Enthal of Austin yells as around 1,000 Texans marched to the Texas Capitol.
From the Texas Capitol, Zoe Webb lets her voice be heard against the Supreme Court ruling.
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