Thursday, December 19, 2013

Happy Holidays and a peaceful New Year!

What a busy year.....We are still busy working in the studio and will continue. Planning on a brief break so that I can summarize 2013 and upload recent projects to our website. We truly appreciate the support of all of our collectors, galleries, art consultants and wonderful community of Auburn. Enjoy your Holidays and have a peaceful and productive 2014!

Friday, December 13, 2013

Nicholson Blown Glass « Good Day Sacramento

 Hard to believe Rick and Hannah were up early enough to demo for Good Day Sacramento this morning! Tons of fun preparing for the last two weekends of Open Studio before Christmas. Click on the links if you want to check it out. Meanwhile, Rick is taking lunch with his eyes closed on the couch!

Nicholson Blown Glass « Good Day Sacramento
Nicholson Blown Glass Pt. 2 « Good Day Sacramento

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Sharing our daughter's creative spirit!

Please check out our daughter Hannah's blog that follows her art and creative projects. Loving her new jewelry! She is helping her dad in the glass blowing studio as well! A joy to be around. She will showcase new jewelry and paintings at our upcoming Holiday Open Studios.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Seattle Trip to Pilchuck Auction

Chihuly Glass Museum and Garden

Crystal centerpiece at the Pilchuck Auction

Desert! Pilchuck Auction
Kubota gardens - South Seattle

Downtown Seattle in the Fall

Mt Hood on the flight home

Large ice crystals - part of the Pilchuck Auction theme

California Quail
What a grand trip to Seattle! Rick and I traveled to the Pilchuck Glass Auction where our California Quail was featured. Rick has been a part of The Pilchuck Glass School since he was a TA in 1981. In August, he and Chris studied with Murano Maestro Pino Signoretto. We visited the new Chihuly Glass Museum and Garden. Special time was spent with cousins through the weekend. We are refreshed and ready for a busy Fall season of glass making!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Orrick Installation complete

We had a fun day in San Francsico today! First we installed a project in a beautiful building downtown San Francisco - Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP Global Law Firm. Then we wandered through Yerba Buena Park. SF MOMA is closed and adding on a huge new area. So we had Japanese lunch outside before returning to the studio. More work waiting for us here!

Rick Janet and Hannah Nicholson

10th floor view!

Through the Yerba Buena waterfall.

Japanese lunch outside on a beautiful day in SF

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

"Pathways" Lake of the Pines Clubhouse

We are happy to be a part of the Lake of the Pines Clubhouse Grand Opening! "Pathways' lives at the front entry as you enter the lodge.

View from the Clubhouse

Newly remodeled Clubhouse

Installation Day - David Redmond up the ladder!

Pathways Installed!

Grand Opening

Saturday, September 7, 2013

The Theater Gallery

Thursday September 5, 2013 we celebrated Twilight Thursdays in the Plumas District of Yuba City with our artist reception at the The Theater Gallery. We met the movers and shakers of downtown Yuba City that are making the district come alive. Unbelievably, I won the incredible flowers complimenting our glass donated by Yuba City Florist. We appreciated the warm welcome from the community. It is an honor to show our glass there through September.
Restoration of the Theater is underway

Yuba City Florist compliments our Autumn Wall

Rick and Janet Nicholson out on the town

Charcoal portrait by Roberto Valdez Sanchez

Shorebirds catching the twilight sun
The Buttes on the drive home

Saturday, August 10, 2013

ARTWALK a success

Michael Murphy with Rick Nicholson
Commemorative Artwalk at OLAS

Emerging Artists and friends

Fawnridge Wine

Chris Stenzel
Hannah Nicholson and paintings with Nicholson Blown Glass
We were so excited to see the huge community support out on the Commemorative Artwalk. We were extra blessed with the presence of friends, families and long time collectors. Fawnridge poured wine and featured the artists label, Primitivo, with our Shorebirds on it. Our daughter, Hannah, recently returned from South America and showed three new large paintings inspired by her travels. Our current assistant, Chris Stenzel, showed a variety of his sculptural glass and our assistant, Matt Eaton, came up from San Jose State with his latest works. The show will be open by appointment until September 1. So if you missed the fun, give me a call and come see the show. We love soaking in the energy of these young, emerging artists!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Commemorative Artwalk

Alana helping install

Chris Stenzel new work

Gerda Francesca clay sculpture

Hannah Nicholson paintings
We are busy setting up for the upcoming Auburn Artwalk Thursday August 8, 6 to 9pm, at OLAS, 175 Almond St, Auburn. Artwalk is celebrating 20 years so "old" artists were invited to feature emerging artists that they have influenced (hopefully in a positive way :). We've been here 32 years even before Placer Arts was in existence! OLAS is the old Carnegie Library, a beautiful and historic building tucked away behind downtown Auburn. It was the first home of Placer Arts and currently houses artist's studios. Gerda Francesca, an artist in residence at OLAS, invited her student, Jeanne Culhane, to show her clay. We are joined by our two assistants, Matthew Eaton and Chris Stenzel, who will be exhibiting blown glass with mixed media. Our daughter, Hannah, is sharing her paintings inspired by her recent trips to South America. Stop by 6 to 9 if you can! OLAS will be open by appointment following the Artwalk. Just give me a call. 530-823-1631

Monday, July 15, 2013

Palo Alto Clay and Glass Festival

Colorful inspiration on the drive home.

Hands down my favorite image from the show!
We are home from the Palo Alto Clay and Glass Festival and recovering!

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Red Volo

A striking new red piece is ready to go. This time to Petri's in Sausalito. Red Volo seems a bit Italian to me! Rick and I are enjoying our conversational Italian class this summer in preparation for Rick's adventure at Pilchuck with maestro Pino Signoretto.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Passionate Mary

A new piece completed today for a good friend full of love, kindness and passion.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

People's Choice

I never would have imagined this honor - People's Choice at the Placer Arts 30th Jubilee! It is very exciting to be able to finally present new work. We have been developing this work for a year now and it is time to get it out in the world. Inner Drive was created by repurposing our blown glass in the kiln, cutting and creating the metal sculpture. Each piece is one of a kind.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Chandelier Installation

We just finished installing one of our chandeliers custom ordered for a beautifully restored 150 year old farm house from the gold rush days. There is even a round barn on the property as well as many special quiet retreat spots. The owner stared at it long into the evening last night and let us know that she thinks it is "a stunning addition" to her home. We are honored to be part of such an amazing collection of art, glass and antiques.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Pacheco Pass Installation in Maryland

Installed today! I would like to share the process with you....
The email query was one year ago. The presentation was in June with various possibilities of photoshop images on renderings for a new commercial building. Glass samples were sent in October and the decision was made in January. This was a long process but complete!

"The pieces look great. In person the pieces glow and look gorgeous! We were also very impressed by the way all of the pieces were organized and labeled. We have installed hundreds of pieces of art and this was the most organized." Design Consultant

Early concept on rendering
Final decision with layout

Pacheco Pass completed in the studio

Installation complete

Lobby view