Nancy Callan received her BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art in 1996, where she studied with Dan Dailey and Robin Grebe. After taking a workshop at the Corning Museum with Lino Tagliapietra, Callan moved to Seattle in pursuit of a career in hot glass. For the past 13 years she has been a member of Tagliapietra's glassblowing team, and has travelled throughout the world as his assistant at numerous workshops. In 2001, Callan received the coveted Creative Glass Center of America Fellowship at Wheaten Village in New Jersey.
Nancy has been recently awarded a prestigious residency at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma Washington. Callan has exhibited throughout the United States, and is included in many public and private collections, most notably in the personal collections of both Elton John and Lino Tagliapietra, and in many museums including the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, New York, the Muskegon Museum of Art in Michigan, the La Conner Museum of Art in Washington and the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, Washington.
Influenced by childhood, toys, and comic books, Callan fuses playfulness with a fluency in her medium to produce colorful and exceptionally well-crafted works. She states, "While creating each piece, I try to balance the challenges of hot glass with the sense of wonder and fun I felt the first time I gathered from the furnace. I believe play is essential, not just for the artist, but for everyone."
2009 Blown and Assembled Glass