Behind the Scenes: Making Large Glass Horns at MOG

Posted on August 5, 2021
Making large-scale work in hot glass is a rare treat, and it’s even better when you get to work with a good friend! Here’s a look back at my 2018 residency with Katherine Gray at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, WA. We had a notion to make some of the classic clown horns in glass, but extra big like Claes Oldenberg & Coosje van Bruggen’s Pop Art sculptures. Little did we know that these XL horns would become “Tell Us How You REALLY Feel”, a central work in our collaborative show “The Clown In Me Loves You”, on view at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art (WA) thru September 2019. Enjoy!


Photo of artist Nancy Callan with two large blown glass horns

Nancy With Finished Horns (Blown Glass with Silver Leaf, Sound Recording)

Conversation & Extended Exhibition / Heller Gallery

Posted on August 23, 2020

ARTISTS NANCY CALLAN & LIZ COLLINS talk with Katya Heller about material alchemy
Tuesday, 8/25, 5:30-6:30pm
join via Zoom

Nancy Callan leaning against wall next to installation of glass panels
Nancy with “Drawings In Nature”, Glass Panels 72″ x 100″

Join us for a wide-ranging conversation about art, materials and inspiration! Liz Collins is a fiber and multimedia artist in NYC.

To join us, RSVP to Heller Gallery using the link above.

Nancy Callan: Dialogues is extended through September 12, 2020.

Monday-Friday 11am-5pm
or by appointment

Hello, NY!

Posted on June 23, 2020
Three square glass panels in opaque red, yellow and blue with white patterns
Y/B/R Triptych, Blown, Slumped and Etched Glass, 19x 60″

 I have a new exhibition opening at the Heller Gallery in NYC. The show includes new glass panels, unique blown-glass sculptures and works from my Droplet series. I conceived of the show as a visual conversation with some of my favorite modern artists. During lockdown, this dialogue developed new dimensions as I finished the work in solitude. It’s exciting to see it move into the world at this moment!


NANCY CALLAN | Dialogues
ONLINE, June 19, 2020 + OPENING in Gallery, Tuesday, June 23, 2020 

303 10th Ave. (bt 27th St. and 28th St.)
New York, NY 10001
212 – 414 – 4014
Web Site

To arrange a visit this summer, please reach out to the Gallery.

Blue Glass Droplet Sculpture with White Pattern By Nancy Callan
Cerulean Blue Droplet, Blown and Etched Glass, 20.5 x 17.5 x 17.5″


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!

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.

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!

Kimono, Four Black Glass Panels with Gold Leaf
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