Janet and Rick Nicholson

Started working in glass in Los Angeles in 1979.

Rick and Janet Nickolson have worked together as a successful team since 1979.  Rick first studied glass with Don Hartman and the University of Southern California and was a TA at Pilchuck Glass School for Dale Chihuly and Fritz Dreisbach in 1981.  He has continued to study with such notables as Therman Statom, Richard Marquis, Dino Rosin, Lucartha Kohler, Karen Willenbrink-Johnsen and Jasen Johnsen.

Following his university education, Rick operated a pottery studio full time in southern California from 1974-1981.  Janet left her photography position at the University of Southern California in 1979 to freelance and create designs on Rick’s clay forms.  They were married the same year, and their artistic collaboration began.  By 1982, they were called to concentrate on glass alone and settled on nine acres in Auburn, California where they built a hot shop and raised two daughters.  Their work has expanded to include metal fabrication, hot sculpting, fusing, and casting.They create figurative sculptural lighting, multiple piece wall and ceiling installations.  Select projects include two wall installations for the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Shenzhen, China; a 21-piece wall installation for the lobby of Weil, Gotschal & Manges International Law Firm in Dallas, Texas; a 17-piece wall installation for Kaiser Permanente Medical Building in Roseville, California; a pair of Torsos for the 4 Points Hotel spa in Guangzhou, China; multiple wall installations, oversize glass and metal sculptures for the M Resort in Las Vegas, and a wall series of 10 platters for BMI in New York City.  While Rick does the hand blown work, Janet assists and is the color and design part of their collaboration.

Janet and Jack Nickolson
freehand blown and hot sculpted glass, hand forged steel

“Red Rock Point”
Janet and Jack Nicholson
freehand blown glass wall installation

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