These bowls are an ode to the glass making process, referencing commonly occurring blemishes, bubbles, and cords which are more often fought against. The “flaws” are instead made precious and highlighted with the addition of Cubic Zirconias (or CZs) and crystal glass.
Continuing exploration of material qualities, “quale bowls” or “qualia bowls” use the same high refractive index as crystal glasses. These bowls are made with Fruin’s own formulation and the commercially available soda lime glass. The combination of the two glass bodies scattered with czs create a spectral display of light, breath, and space.
Nick Fruin – Bakersville, NC
Originally from Grand Island, Nebraska, Nickolaus Fruin began working with glass at Hastings College in Hastings, Nebraska. During his undergraduate studies Nick had the opportunity to travel to various glass schools around the United States and as far as The Glass Furnace in Turkey. He assisted and studied with artists; Luke Jacomb, Martin Janecky, James Mongrain, Thurman Statom, and Anthony Schafermeyer.
After finishing school, he left the Midwest and moved to Star, North Carolina to work for Wet Dog Glass LLC., one of the country’s leading glass equipment manufacturers. During this time, Wet Dog Glass built the glass studio at STARworks Center for Creative Enterprises, STARworks Glass Lab. Shortly after the completion of the studio Nick took over as the Glass Studio Coordinator, where he worked for 5 years. In 2014 he was invited to New Zealand to work for Lukeke Design and Gaffer Glass, Nick had the unique opportunity to work with one of the few glass color factories in the world.
He has been a demonstrating artist at the Glass Art Society Conference 2011 in Seattle, The Australian National University, Hastings College, Tulsa Glassblowing School, and Pilchuck Glass School. He has been an Instructor/ Teaching Assistant at The Pittsburgh Glass Center, Penland School of Crafts, Corning Museum of Glass, and Pilchuck Glass School.