Nic McGuire is a modern glass artist living in San Diego, CA. Best known as a hot glass sculptor who hand-forms molten glass into contemporary art, his glass work incorporates complex sculpture techniques with modern forms and unique color palettes to produce the current series of artwork. The intricate patterns and skillfully-crafted forms of glass and metal make each piece of art a unique one-of-a-kind sculpture. Nic enjoys spending his time making high-quality original glass sculptures to share the beauty of life with others.
"Since I was a kid, I wanted to be an artist. The act of conveying the world as I saw it intrigued my senses. I continued to cultivate these new found skills and build upon them with new techniques as I was taught throughout my time in school. In college, I had my first experience with hot glass. On the first day of class, there were huge ovens flowing orange with radiant heat bursting out from the fire inside. Mesmerized by the immense heat and energy it took to maintain the molten glass, it caught my attention. The Pilchuck School introduced me to the international glass art community which I am a part of now. I graduated with a B.A. in Visual Arts from UC San Diego in 2004.
"I make my sculptures according to what I perceive to be meaningful objects to live with. Through my experiences on this earch and what I have witnessed, what I have been shown by others, and that which I have learned myself all influence the work. The sculptures you see are the ideas which i have deemed worth attempting to bring forth from my imagination into this reality. Inspired by aluring patterns found in nature and the amazing relationships shared by all living things, I make art to share the beauty of life with others.
"My work incorporates complex Italian Venetian pattern techniques with my own color palettes to produce the current series. Utilizing a skilled team of glassblowers to build a single sculpture consisisting of multiple parts, we work together as a seamless machine, moving in the hotshop in what can be described as a well-choreographed dance. Together we share the workload, adding new parts at the right moment, so as to keep the rhythm and tempo of the dance progressing along. We move as the glass moves, and the flass is always moving. The intricate patterns and skillfully-crafted forms make each piece of art a unique one-of-a-kind sculpture. Currently producing new artwork at Glashaus Studios in the arts district of San Diego called Barrio Logan, the goal is to make original glass sculptures of the highest quality."