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Nancy I. Sala

Flameworker – Fuser – Metal Clay Artist

Nancy Sala, Kaleidoglass

I began making glass creations 35 years ago as a traditional stained glass artist. My desire to experiment and to see how far I could transform glass gave way to this passion I call hot glass. There is something to be said about manipulating a plain cold piece of glass in a flame or a kiln and transform it into a piece of beauty. I am seduced by the endless variety of colors, textures, and forms I can create with glass.

My work can be found in galleries and shops throughout the country and am currently and have been a featured artist in numerous fine art festivals and juried exhibitions. Currently living in New Mexico, one of the top art destinations in the United States, I’m busy in my studio creating work for galleries, and creating glass components for fusing artists to use in their work. I am the founder of The Penn Dragons, the Eastern Pennsylvania chapter of the International Society of Glass Beadmakers, and am a past member of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen, including a member of the Reading/Berks chapter and the Artisan Circle chapter. Several years ago, I was chosen to exhibit at the prestigious Pennsylvania Glass Trails. I also find great joy in teaching this art form. I have taught glass beadmaking and glass fusing at The GoggleWorks Center for the Arts in Reading, PA, and The Banana Factory Center for the Arts in Bethlehem, PA. Additionally, I am also the author of a practical how-to book entitled “Wirework for Beadmakers”, and several tutorials for glass artists.

List of Exhibitions & Awards

  • “Best in Glass” award at the Contemporary Hispanic Market, Santa Fe, NM
  • Pennsylvania Glass Trails
  • Zoellner Arts Center Gallery, Lehigh University, PA
  • Small Works Show – Banko Gallery, Bethlehem, PA
  • The Penn Dragons Gallery Show – Banana Factory, Bethlehem, PA
  • Fire and Ice Gala – ArtsQuest, Bethlehem, PA
  • Fire and Ice Gala – ArtsQuest, Bethlehem, PA
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