Nancy Callan’s work explores the notion of play as an important component in creativity. It is also a dialogue with the challenging medium of blown glass. Nancy was influenced by the bright colors and inflated shapes found in comic books and toys, and by the playful spirit of the unconscious mind. While creating each piece, she tries to balance the fluidity of hot glass with the sense of wonder and fun she felt the first time she gathered from the furnace. Callan believes play is essential not only for the artist but for everyone. When we daydream or play games, we return to our childlike state of mind, where we are free to explore and imagine. This simple joy is a counterweight to our busy lives, and is central to artistic process.
艺术家简介 About The Artist
Boston native Nancy Callan joined the Seattle glass community in 1996, after completing her studies at the Massachusetts College of Art. She began her career as an assistant to Lino Tagliapietra and as a production gaffer for the Manifesto Lighting Corporation. While developing her own artwork, Callan assisted prominent artists including Flora Mace and Joey Kirkpatrick, Ginny Ruffner, and Josiah McElheny. Today, Callan remains a key member of Lino Tagliapietra’s glassblowing team and travels internationally as the maestro’s assistant. Callan has taught advanced glassblowing workshops at the Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, WA and Haystack Mountain School on Deer Isle, ME. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Creative Glass Center of America (CGCA) Fellowship in Millville, NJ and two Residencies at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, WA.
Callan’s artistic voice as a glass sculptor reflects her high-level training and talents. Her work combines the skill and finesse of the Venetian tradition with the wit and aesthetic sensibility of a contemporary artist. Although her artwork features highly refined forms and complex patterns, a sense of play and fun is equally prominent.