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Nancy Nagel

"Designing animals with a smile is a theme that carries through all of my glass sculptures."

Glass artist Nancy Nagel's love of glass began with a collection of tumbled beach glass when she was a child and has turned into her life's passion. Bringing the spirit of the animal kingdom to a whole new dimension, Nagel hand-sculpts her whimsical creatures using borosilicate glass and a hand-torch.

Nagel begins each piece with a sketch, which she then sculpts to scale using clay before transforming into a complicated and colorful glass sculpture. It is Nagel's uncanny attention to detail that that makes each sculpture unique and collectable.

Nagel studied glass at the University of Arizona and at the California College of Arts and Crafts and has apprenticed with nationally known flame-workers.