“The portal is a passageway for light. I am creating a relationship between the interior and exterior by juxtaposing opaque & translucent, glossy & matte, with light & dark. The balance that is revealed connects the conscious with the subconscious as the voice of the glass emerges through reflections of light that are suspended in space.” ~ Nick Leonoff
The luminescent qualities of glass appeal to me as it responds to light. I am drawn to the potential of a material that can vary from a translucent to an opaque medium in a brilliant range of colors and gradations.
I create blown glass using Swedish overlay techniques layering colored glass in the walls and on the surface of the glass forms. I carve the surface of the pieces with diamond wheels to remove layers of glass and expose colors within the piece. The blown pieces become the canvas for the carving process and the carving becomes the core of the design in each piece. Through this coldworking process I have been able to explore the potential of the material and focus my artistic vision.
I am creating a relationship between the interior and exterior by juxtaposing opaque and translucent, glossy & matte, with light and dark. The balance that is revealed connects the conscious with the subconscious as the voice of the material emerges through the reflections of light.
Nick Leonoff was born in 1978 in Santa Clara, California. Nick began working with glass as an apprentice to Alan Masaoka, a stained glass artist in 1998. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Pepperdine University in 2002. Nick returned to glass in 2004 when Alan Masaoka introduced him to glass blowing. He has studied at numerous Craft Schools around the country including Pilchuck Glass School, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Pittsburgh Glass Center, and the Studio at Corning. He has studied with many notable artist including Davide Salvedore, Martin Janecky, Jack Wax and Jiri Harcuba, to learn his craft and develop his skills. Nick also considerers himself self-taught with the considerable amount of time he has spent refining his techniques. In 2011, Nick moved his studio to Brooklyn, NY to further pursue his artistic endeavors. In 2017, Nick returned to his hometown of Carmel Valley Village, CA where he currently operates his studio and gallery.
Awards & Recognition
Artist Studios Residency Museum of Arts & Designs, New York, NY 2016
Merit Award Cherry Creek Arts Festival Denver, CO 2016
Niche Award Winner Glass Category Washington, DC 2016
Best in Show: Lighting BKLYN DESIGNS Brooklyn, NY 2015
Niche Award Winner Glass Category Philadelphia, PA 2015
Niche Award Winner Home Furnishings Category Philadelphia, PA 2015
Excellence in Glass Smithsonian Craft Show Washington, DC 2013
Niche Award Winner Glass Category Philadelphia, PA 2013
Excellence in Glass Museum of Art-Craft Show Philadelphia, PA 2012
Award of Excellence American Craft Council San Francisco, CA 2012
American Craft Council
ACGA Association of Clay & Glass Artists of California
Monterey County Artist Equity
Glass Art Society