Hannah Nicholson and Alana van Altena have been interning for five years under Rick and Janet Nicholson of Nicholson Blown Glass, developing a passion for the art of manipulating molten glass. Growing from close childhood friends to professional partners, Hannah Nicholson and Alana van Altena have developed a fluid exchange of ideas leading to unique collaborations.
Drawing inspiration from the flora, fauna, rivers and mountains of Northern California, Alana and Hannah focus on developing work with a natural flow. Spending time outside observing the soft lichen resting on towering pines and the boulders and deep emerald pools of local rivers influences their exploration of layering colors and building textures with glass. As they continue to explore and establish their artistic aesthetic, Nicholson van Altena Glass hopes to create work with intention and humility that enhances the visual experience of the global community.