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Nicholson Blown Glass Annual Holiday Open Studio

Festival Event
Rick Nicholson and Matt Eaton completing a glass platter – Janet Nicholosn

Ages Festival is Appropriate For

All ages welcome!

Artists, Rick and Janet Nicholson, of nationally recognized Nicholson Blown Glass will open their studio, as they have since 1980, to the public for demonstrations during their annual Holiday Open Studio. Locals love to collect their ornaments which have been featured on the White House and California Governor's Mansion trees.

Rick and Janet’s dedication to glass blowing is evident in the excellent quality of their work. The emphasis in their small studio is on creativity and innovation. Each piece is a free-hand expression of the excitement and risk-taking found in an experimental glassblowing studio.

Following his university education, Rick Nicholson operated a pottery studio full time in southern California from 1974 to 1981. Janet left her photography job in 1979 to freelance and create designs on Rick’s clay forms. They were married the same year, and their artistic collaboration began. Rick was a teaching assistant for Dale Chihuly at the Pilchuck School near Seattle in 1981 and has attended additional classes over the years to increase and improve his skills. By 1982, they were called to concentrate on glass alone, settled on nine acres in Auburn, California and continue to be the only studio of its kind in Placer County. They were drawn to the natural beauty of the foothills to serve as inspiration for their work.

Attracting locals to watch demonstrations year after year, their work involves figurative sculpture, sculptural lighting and multiple piece wall and ceiling installations. Many works have been commissioned for numerous local offices and private residences. Their art glass is also found throughout the United States and internationally as far away as China. Recent notable projects include wall installations for the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Shenzhen, China; the lobby of Weil, Gotschal & Manges International Law Firm in Dallas, Texas; Kaiser Hospital in Roseville, California; BMI in New York, New York and multiple glass and steel sculptures for the M Resort in Henderson, Nevada. Two 20" hot sculpted Torsos were commissioned for the 4 Points Hotel Spa in Guangzhou, China. Studies in metals, hot sculpting, fusing and glass casting have allowed the work to expand. Janet is the color and design part of their successful collaboration.

The Nicholsons were founding members of PlacerArts in 1983 which serves as a catalyst for the arts and humanities in Placer County. They have been active participants in the annual Autumn Art Studios Tour held on Veterans' Day weekend since its inception in 1993.

Thanksgiving weekend and weekends in December: November 29, 30 and December 1; December 7,8; December 14,15; and December 21,22. Also open on select Saturdays, and by appointment.

Please visit the website for special events, demonstration schedules and directions at

Come enjoy watching the amazing process of forming molten glass in art!

Pet Friendly Notes

No pets, please.


Admission Fee (if any)