Tell us about yourself!
My name is Nina Casson McGarva. I was Born in England and grew up in rural central France in the middle of the Burgundy countryside. I started learning the basic technical skills of glass blowing in the National French Glass School. Then I attended The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Bornholm, where I started to learn and use other glass techniques. Since I graduated in June 2014, I have been a part of two artist residency programs in the USA, one at Starworks in North Carolina, and the other as an EAiR at Pilchuck Glass School.
Why are you a member of GAS?
I first became a GAS member in 2015 because I wanted to be part of a community that both works with and has a passion for the medium of glass.
Why do you work with glass as a medium?
I work with glass because I have always been fascinated by the mineral-like qualities and transmission of light through glass. Also, the unique specialized skills that are required to work with glass combined with the complexities that the medium presents, pushes my work to evolve everyday
If you weren't working in this field, what career would you choose?
I grew up in my father's pottery studio and have always created things with my hands. At the age of 15, I trained to become a cabinet maker, and then two years later decided to try glass and [realized] it was the medium for me. My whole life I've been immersed in craft and fine art. I can't imagine myself doing anything else.
What themes do you pursue in your work?
I use nature as an inspirational base to create my own abstraction that I then build into a complex sculpture. My inspiration is from cycles of nature that I associate with glass because to me, the material is at its most alive state when hot and being transformed. The end result is solid and doesn’t move any longer; it is at the fragile time before disintegration, maintaining its shape and rich structure.
This interview has been edited for clarity.
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