Todd Nelson

Posted on September 29, 2009 by Sawdust Art Festival

I began working in clay almost 40 years ago. At a friend’s urging, I began studying fused glass six years ago, and was immediately hooked.

The process is simple – colored and clear glass are cut and stacked artistically, then fused into a single, thicker glass “tile” in a kiln fired to 1450 to 1550 degrees. The fused glass tile is then placed over a clay mold and fired again to 1350 degrees, allowing the glass tile to take the mold’s shape. Most of my work is slumped into a mold that I’ve made myself – assuring that my work is like no other artist’s work.

My goal is to create fused and slumped functional glassware with a strong artistic flair. It is priced to be affordable, to encourage actual use. Why have something precious that you don’t actually use, or use something ordinary that doesn’t feed the soul?

My work is featured at my own gallery (cent gallery) in Santa Ana’s Artists Village. I have also exhibited my work at the Santa Monica Contemporary Crafts Market, Fallbrook Art Center, Irvine Fine Art Center, Fountain Hills (AZ) Great Fair, Art-a-Fair and (of course) the Sawdust Art Festival Winter Fantasy.

Please stop by booth 519 to see my work, and to say “hi!”