Artist’s Statement – Nancy Rody
Nancy has been working with glass as an art medium since 1994. In that time, her work has expanded from traditional stained glass and mosaics to glass jewelry, sculpture, glass engraving and metal work, combining metals and glass in a variety of forms. Nancy sees light as a living presence in glass that penetrates and lives within a work. Her designs are formed by the natural characteristics of glass, expressing her fascination with the interplay of light in and on colored glass. Exploring this art medium has led her to experiment with where she can take glass and how it can be pushed beyond the standard parameters of conventional glasswork.
She frequently experiments with a range of working possibilities, using torch and kiln to explore the various effects she can develop via new ways of manipulating glass and metal. Frequently there is just a 50-50 chance that a piece will turn out as planned with the possibility of fissures happening in the kiln, the glass melting under the torch, or developing unplanned cracks during cutting. Sometimes these seeming disasters can go on to become a way of pushing forward into a new exploration. In these instances, she makes the accidental moment intentional. This has enabled her to see what more she can get out of the materials.
Nancy has trained with master glassworkers at the Pilchuck Glass School as well as the Bullseye Glass Studio. Her work continues to evolve, following where curiosity leads.
Nancy is available for commissions.