I was privileged to interview just a few of the artists at the 2014 Western Design Conference in September as we showed our copper and glass art there.
Jared and Nicole Davis are North Rim Glass Studio, LLC . When asked how they got started in glass their answer was, “We didn’t pick glass, it picked us.”
In the early 90’s Jared had the opportunity to begin an apprenticeship with a local glass studio. Three years into that apprenticeship, he met Jan-Erik Ritzman and Sven Ake Carlsson of Transjo Sweden, and was invited to study with them. Jared, Nicole, and their 2 small children spent 2 years living in Sweden where the couple perfected their glass skills.
You can read about their techniques and adventures at northrimglassstudio.com
The pieces the Davis’s showed at the Western Design Conference in September were incredibly beautiful. They received Honorable Mention in the Accents category. Jared says he is the principal designer of the vases, and Nicole designs the chandeliers.
One of their designs I was especially drawn to, resembles Rakuu. They explained to me that it is done with a reduction technique that creates a metallic finish.
Their chandeliers are compellingly reminiscent of antlers, in both color and texture but reflect the light so beautifully.
Glass blowing is a different animal, altogether, from stained glass and fusing and I am always in awe of the artists who have perfected its challenge. It was very nice to visit Nicole and Jared’s booth and hear their unique story.
North Rim Glass is located in Crawford, Colorado and their studio is open to the public.