Sunday, January 17, 2010

Sherry Nickell

Sherry Nickell I
Sherry Nickell II
After earning an undergraduate degree from Washington University and a graduate degree from Witchita State University, Sherry Nickell pursued a career in neon glass bending. Now living in Tennessee, she sculpts myth inspired glass for collectors and creates jewelry. At this bead making demontration Saturday in the River Gallery, Nickell heats glass tubing to 2000 degress Farenheit, rolls the resulting forms in borosilicate for color and texture, then applies decorative flourishes. Each piece requires half an hour of intensive concentration. Her purple tinted glasses both afford protection and cancel the orange flame tint, allowing a critical view of the process.

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