Mint Museum “Through The Eyes of a Docent”

Posted on May 14, 2020

Thanks to the Mint Museum docents for including my piece “Spin, Weave, Gather” in this feature. I’m thrilled to be in such great company in their permanent collection! And it’s always interesting to hear what docents have to share about works they have spent a lot of time looking at. Enjoy!

https://mintmuseum.org/docent-insights-on-permanent-collection/

Hot Sheet Interview

Posted on May 7, 2020

Hello! Wanted to share this recent interview in the Glass Quarterly blog “Hot Sheet” about what’s new in my studio, adapting during the Covid-19 crisis, and the importance of community and connection. https://urbanglass.org/glass/detail/nancy-callan-virtual-studio-tour-and-artist-talk

As I mention in the interview, I recently partnered with Sandra Ainsley Gallery to host a virtual studio tour. It was a new experience and we had fun putting it together! Here’s a few photos from the studio — it never stays this clean for long. 🙂 Watch the tour here.

Showing off some Mini Clouds and small kinetic works.
This new piece found a home during the tour!
“Orange Channel”, Blown, Slumped and Cut Glass, Private Collection
“Verde Droplet” (R) and “Madrid Cloud (L) in front of my studio display shelves.
Roxy is a patient studio dog!

It’s That Special Time of the Year! SnowPeople Blow 2019

Posted on December 3, 2019

I’ll be back at the wonderful Museum of Glass in Tacoma, WA December 19-21 to create some new pieces. Hope you can stop by to watch me at work! If you’re not in the area, you can watch via Livestream on the MOG web site. Just use the link above during Musuem Hours!

Visiting Artist Nancy Callan in the Museum of Glass Hot Shop

Thursday Dec 19, 10 to 5

Friday Dec 20, 10 to 5

Saturday Dec 21, 12 to 5: Annual SnowPeople Blow


Plan your visit to the Musuem here. 

Nancy, Alex, & Sarah
Nancy Callan assisted by Alix Cannon and Sarah Gilbert.
Here comes the head!
Here comes the head!
Striped Snowman
Nancy completes the striped snowman! Assisted by Courtney Branam.

SOFA 2019

Posted on September 17, 2019

It’s that magical time of the year! I’m getting ready for SOFA Chicago 2019 where I’ll be showing my newest work with Duane Reed Gallery. I’ve created some new panel installations including “Kimono”, pictured here, gold leaf over black glass. And I’ll be showing some new sculptural work including some Droplets. Stop by and visit me in the Duane Reed Gallery booth Nov 1 – 3, 2019! https://www.sofaexpo.com/sofa-chicago-2019

Kimono, Four Black Glass Panels with Gold Leaf
Kimono
Mango Droplet
Mango Droplet

Vision & Process

Posted on July 30, 2019

For awhile now, I’ve wanted to create a video that was like a studio visit. It’s hard to explain what I do — my work is very layered and each piece goes through multiple steps on the way to completion. Film is such a great medium for telling that story in a visual way. Documentary filmmaker Derek Klein did some amazing editing and sound work that brought the concept into final form. He really captured both the quiet moments in the studio and the fast pace and fun of working in the hot shop. Enjoy!

Spin, Weave, Gather — New Video!

Posted on May 2, 2019

Check out this nifty video about my installation Spin, Weave, Gather produced by StarWorks!

It’s great to be able to share some of my process and inspiration behind this piece.

John Vaughn at Story Focused Media did a great job.

Enjoy! And please, share away!

 

Spin, Weave, Gather at The Mint Museum

Posted on March 4, 2019

I’m happy to announce the installation of Spin, Weave, Gather — a new panel installation commissioned by the Mint Museum in Charlotte, NC. A year in the making, this piece was made possible by the generous support of the Mint Museum Founder’s Circle and two residencies at STARworks. Watch a video about the making of this work here.

North Carolina has a rich history of textile industry and design. I chose this theme as it relates to my ongoing interest in visual patterns and the relationship between glass cane-work and textiles. Glass is pulled and twisted into canes, then cut and layered to make patterns in the Venetian style. This mirrors the transformation of raw cotton fiber into threads, yarns and finally fabrics. The ingenuity and complexity of weaving techniques gives way to the effects of time and wear, bringing distress and decay. This fragility is inherent in glass, a material that is both remarkably durable and easily destroyed.

Spin, Weave, Gather includes panels that reference the process of creating textiles (cotton bols, skeins of yarn, and whirling bobbins) as well as the finished products (ticking stripes, plaids, and frayed fragments). Special thanks to Lorne Lassiter and Gary Ferraro of the Founder’s Circle for their support and to the hardworking team at STARworks.

Detail of Spin, Weave, Gather

Visiting Artist at the Chrysler Museum

Posted on February 24, 2019

I’ll be in residence with Mel Douglas at the Chrysler Museum in Norfolk, VA March 7 – 10, 2019! Hope you can stop by and visit. For more info, visit their web site.


Exhibition at Duane Reed Gallery

Posted on October 3, 2018

Visit my solo show at Duane Reed Gallery through October 13! I’m showing new Droplets, Palomas and wall panels.

The work will travel to SOFA Chicago for extended viewing.

Preview the show here.

 

“Carmine Droplet” in the foreground

Gallery View with “Shimmer Orbs” and Droplets

Dine With The Makers at Pilchuck!

Posted on August 6, 2018

I had a fun time collaborating with Preston Singletary at Pilchuck last week for this special collector event. It’s always an honor to support this great school and share the campus and the magic with new people!  Preston and I decided to work on a mold-blown mask with a wood-grain pattern. Alix Cannon, Isaac Feuerman and Pilchuck staff assisted us and everything went smoothly from start to finish. I’ll post some pictures of the finished piece soon!

Setting up the wood grain pattern with Preston.

We’re not having any fun at all!

Taking the finished mask off the pipe.