We just returned from a most amazing experience! A workshop with Karen Willenbrink-Johnsen and Jasen Johnsen. They are our mentors and inspiration for the Shorebirds and have really helped push us into a new world. It was held at Public Glass in San Francisco and Chris was the honored assistant. Here are a few of my favorite images from their demos. Check out her website. You won't believe what she can sculpt in glass. She has an acute understanding of the natural world that I can only hope to aquire. It is the attention to detail that she accomplishes that makes me want to slow down and observe more around me. My photography definitely helps me to slow down and observe but I will make more time for that process in my life so I can continue to grow creatively. Thank you Karen and Jasen for your inspiration.
Co-Owner of Nicholson Blown Glass since 1979. Rick studied glass at the University of Southern California and was a TA at Pilchuck Glass School for Dale Chihuly and Fritz Dreisbach in 1981.
I left my photographer position at the USC in 1979 to freelance and create designs on Rick’s clay forms. We were married the same year, and our artistic collaboration began. By 1982, we concentrated on glassblowing and moved to nine acres in Auburn, California where we raised two daughters, now in college.
Our works involve figurative sculpture, sculptural lighting, and multiple piece wall and ceiling installations. Recent projects include a 10-piece wall for the BMI lobby in New York City; two wall installations for the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Shenzhen, China; a 21-piece wall installation for the lobby of Weil, Gotschal and Manges International Law Firm in Dallas, Texas; a 17- piece wall installation for Kaiser Hospital in Roseville, California; multiple glass and steel sculptures for M Resort in Henderson, NV and two Torsos for the 4 Points Hotel in Guangzhou, China. While Rick does the hand blown work, I am the color and design part of our collaboration.