Designing animals with a smile is a theme that carries through all of my glass sculptures, from animal perfume bottles to frolicking glass lizards. Designing animals with a smile is a theme that carries through all of my glass sculptures, from animal perfume bottles to frolicking glass lizards. My newest creation is cake toppers. They are wonderfully whimsical and look as happy as the bride and groom. You can choose your animal and I will custom make it just for you. Just call me and we can work out the details.
All of my glass innovations are designed with a concern for beauty, humor and quality. Each piece is first sketched then sculpted to scale in clay. This attention to detail is what makes each sculpture so unique and collectable.
My love of glass started early in life with a collection of tumbled beach glass. This fascination made a lasting impression on me that later turned into my life’s passion. This intrigue with glass surfaced again while I was attending the University of Arizona. I took a summer class in glass blowing, which rekindled my interest. During this class I learned about the magic of glass as we transformed liquid molten glass into sparkling forms of beauty.
I graduated with a degree in art education and opened a glass blowing studio in Tucson, Arizona called Midnight Glassworks. We blew glass at night to avoid the blasting desert heat during the day.
After years of blowing glass I took some time off to start a family. During this time my two daughters were born and I started a small business painting gourds. I collected wild coyote gourds from the local Sonoran desert. The gourds were designed to illustrate Native American Stories with images of animals and their totem symbols. These gourd ornaments were exclusively sold at Tohono Chul Park in Tucson.
During this period I also designed T-shirts depicting desert wildlife. Most of the designs were very whimsical and crazy showing animals dancing and laughing. This whimsy has carried over to my current day glass sculptures.
After living in Tucson for 20 years, I moved to Prescott, AZ. There I began an apprenticeship with Bandhu Scott Dunam, a well-known flame worker and author of a variety of incredible glass art books about lampworking. With his patience he taught the fine art of lampworking.
After two years of instruction and practice I moved to San Diego to further my glass career. Almost upon arrival I designed the totem animal glass rattle, which captures the fun loving spirit of the animal kingdom. The rattle has become my signature creation and continues to be a popular item in the galleries.
In 2008, after 14 wild and crazy years in southern California, I moved back to the Sonoran desert, better known as Tucson Arizona. To me the desert has always displayed many hidden treasures. These magical qualities stimulate my never ending search for inspiration.
Although I will always consider the desert one of my favorite places, in spring of 2010 I moved on once again. This time to the mountains of northern Colorado. I am in a beautiful small town called Longmont. For the first time in many years I am living close to Cholla and Lindsey my two daughters. It is truly fun being so connected to my family again. These incredible surroundings have already influenced my glass designs and fueled my limitless imagination.
Longmont CO (760) 415-7164
Web page: http://nancynagel.com
University of Arizona, BA Art Education, 1974
California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, CA, Glass Blowing, 1974
Palomar College, San Diego, CA, Glass Casting with Sand Molds, 1997
San Dieguito High School Adult Education, Encinitas, CA, Basic Welding Class, 2006
Foothills Adult School, El Cajon, CA, Kiln Casting Class, 2006
Lampworker Loren Stump, Oakland, CA, Glass Sculpting Techniques, 1996
Lampworker Robert Michelson, Melborne, FL, Advanced Lampworking Techniques, 1997
Lampworking Artist Cesare Toffolo, Vista, CA, Advanced Lampworking, 2001
Nancy Nagel Art Glass Studio, Tucson, AZ, Sculpting glass rattles, perfume bottles, fortune cookies and recycled metal and cast glass sculptures, 1994 to present
University of California at San Diego, CA, Instructor for Beginning Lampworking Classes, 2001 to 2009
Ropex International, Osaka, Japan, Lampworking Instructor, March 2007
The Studio at Corning Museum of Glass, Co-instructor with Bandhu Scott Dunham for Beginning Lampworking Class, Summer 2006
Flame and Fusion Studio, Vista, CA, Instructor for Beginning Lampworking Class, 1995 to 2000
Salusa Glassworks, Prescott, AZ, Production Lampworker, 1990 to 1994
Yavapai Community College, Prescott, AZ, Glass Technician in Glass Blowing Department, 1992
Midnight Glassworks, Tucson, AZ, Design and manufacture of vases and paperweights, 1975 to 1985
Pismo Gallery, Denver CO, 2000 to Present
Also Pismo Gallery (Vail) Edwards, CO; Aspen CO; Beaver Creek, CO
Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA, 2000 to Present
The Real Mother Goose, Portland, OR, 2000 to Present
Kittrell/Riffkind Art Glass, Dallas, TX 2000 to Present
Gallery of Glass, Fallbrook, CA, July 2007
The Sofa Show, Chicago, IL, 1999
Glass Weekend, Wheaton Village, Millville, NJ, 1999
The Art of Lampworking, Trios Gallery, Solana Beach, CA, 1998
California Glass Today, Fresno Art Museum, California Glass Artist Feature, 1998
The Challenge of Small Glass Sculpture, Wheaton Village, NJ, 1998
Honors and Awards:
Sonoran Glass Art Academy's Flame off in Tucson Arizona February 2010, 1st place together with Bandhu Dunham in the Vessels/Goblets category. Nancy's Bull Dog perfume bottle sits in Bandhu's Kinetic Children's wagon.
Art Glass Association of Southern California (AGASC) Annual Show, 1st Place Awards for Lampworking and Recycled Metal and Cast Glass Sculpture, November 2006
Rosen Group Buyers Market of American Craft, Philadelphia, PA, Niche Award, Lampworking Finalist, 1998
Art Glass Association of Southern California (AGASC), Festival of Glass, 1st Place Award for Lampworking, Fall, 1997
Scholarship to the Studio at Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY with Miland Townsend, Summer 1996
Stained Glass Quarterly, Featured Winning Artist of AGASC Show, Spring 2007
Art Glass Magazine, Featured Winning Artist of AGASC Show, March/April 2007
Flow Magazine, Volume 3, Issue 4, Second Annual Women in Glass Issue, April 2006
Creative Designing by Kay Bain Weiner, Compilation Book of Glass Art and Glass Artists, Lampworking Artist, Summer 2003
“When Frogs Talk”, Flame and Fusion Studio, Vista CA, Video production of demonstration on Frog Perfume Bottle, Spring 2001
Glassline Magazine, “The Nuts and Bolts of a Whimsical Creation”, Volume 14 No. 4, Featured Artist, 2000
Contemporary Lampworking, “A Practical Guide to Shaping Glass in the Flame”, Instructional Lampworking Techniques, 1998
Stained Glass Quarterly, AGASC Show Winner’s Photos, Summer 1998
The San Diego County Guide for the Artist -- Art Venues, “In the Spotlight, Nancy Nagel”, Volume 1, Number 2, Winter 1997