Today we enjoyed hot sculpting two California Quail. Love working with Rick, and Hannah - the family team. "baby quail" too! Our newest, completed Quail just went home with his owners tonight. They were able to watch the hot process earlier with friends and a glass of wine. There are many layers of glass powders and many steps involved in manipulating the hot glass. The steel legs complete the Quail and are also made in the studio to fit each bird individually. Tomorrow will bring another adventure in glass blowing as we prepare for the Placerarts Autumn Art Studios Tour November 7, 8, and 9.
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.