Location: United States
Nina Schatzkamer Miller (www.fabb4fusedglass.com, fabb4 on Facebook, ninamiller36 on Instagram) makes brightly colored kiln fired glass art. Sheets of glass are cut, shaped and fired in her home studio kiln and made into many different objects. Most of it is functional art such as platters, bowls and plates; some is wearable, such as jewelry and hair accessories; other pieces are purely decorative or whimsical.
Miller grew up in Olivette, where she has returned in recent years. Following an early interest in music and art, playing all of the stringed instruments and taking art classes in which she only wanted to make horses in every art form; she later studied Romance Languages and graduated from Washington University. She worked in the computerized ticketing industry until she stepped away from the corporate world to rear her three sons.
Miller returned to art as both a hobby and as a way to volunteer at her sons' schools. She sewed costumes, made classroom auction projects (often quilts) and then one special volunteer duty making birthday gifts for teachers presented the challenge of learning to make fused glass. She studied glass fusing at Glasshopper, Art Glass Array and Craft Alliance. As a quilter she'd been drawn to the puzzle of putting different colors and fabrics together and this translated well to glass. These days her quilt patterns are made of glass. One of those pieces was featured on KSDK-TV in a feature about a show in Chesterfield in November 2015.
She was the subject of a Belleville News Democrat story in August 2015 just prior to participating in a show there. She had two pieces accepted to an exhibit at Craft Alliance in the summer of 2014. Her work has been juried into many local and regional art shows in the past few years and she's sold work in several local galleries. Select pieces are available online at Amazon Handmade, and additionally she sells work at shows and on commission. In 2017 her work was featured in the Knox Gallery of Fine Art in Richmond Heights. She was the subject of the Ladue News feature "Art and Soul" in June 2017. Presently you can find her glass at Artisans in the Loop in University City, the Jacoby Arts Center Artist Shop, Missouri Artists on Main (guest artist through January 2019) or by appointment for commissions.
In addition to her work with glass, she's the author of The Storytime Handbook, published in 2014, which followed her tenure as the Children's Area Specialist at Borders Books in Creve Coeur. She's published stories in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series of books and is now working on a novel.
Her current volunteer work is serving as Vice President of Development and Outreach on the board of directors of The Gateway Festival Orchestra, a professional symphony orchestra that performs free outdoor concerts in the summertime; an organization established in 1964 with her father as one of its founders. The orchestra donors benefit from gifts of her glass each year.
Miller, who is married to Illinois Supreme Court Senior Attorney B. Stephen Miller, III, lives in Olivette. Their sons Alexander, a lawyer, lives in Washington, D.C., Andrew, a medical resident in St. Louis, and Austin, a ceramic artist and drummer, are the best things she ever created.
Made from hundreds of stringers, spaghetti-like strands of glass, in shades of blue, this menorah is curved in a wave shape so that it stands on its own.