Nicholas L Stelter

I’ve had a passion for art for as long as I can remember.

While growing up, I spent warm summer days in my grandfather’s woodworking shop learning valuable lessons. He was a skilled engraver who had a meticulous attention to detail and a great knowledge about different tools and techniques. From my time working with him, to watching my mother who is a ceramics artist, I developed an eye for art and a passion for working with my hands.

In 2000, I started working with a nationally recognized glass artist doing stained glass restorations and kiln formed glass. For the next 17 years, we collaborated and created countless pieces of glass art. During this time, I also explored working with stone and the possibilities of concrete casting. Recently, I set up my own studio where I am thrilled to create new pieces of glass art. I enjoy the creative process, seeing an idea come to life. While my pieces have a similar shape, no two pieces have the same pattern which makes every piece unique.

Today, I sculpt glass within the kiln, always pushing and exploring the glass and letting it show me it’s true form. Following that, the glass is cold worked and polished to create the soothing shapes and organic lines that are indicative of my work. Then, I design and fabricate complementary pedestals to finish each piece. I find the exploration of the purity of shape and simplicity in form create surprisingly complex pieces that mimic the unpredictability of nature.