Alisa Nielsen

My work is a unique blend and balance of glasswork inspired and informed by my Gitxsan and Carrier heritage. I use copper inlays to create my design detail which I created in the traditional formwork but has then skeletonized the design to control the copper movement in the glass creation. Each of my glass "colorways" are created using several colors and layers of powdered glass which are sifted and have gone through a fusing process prior.

Many of my design inspirations come from travel and natural habitats - rock formation, creature designs, even the media utilized. 

I am a registered Interior Designer who has sought a creative outlet that reunites me with my ancestors.  Although born and raised in Vancouver, BC, my roots are in Kispiox ('Ksan), a Gitxsan Carrier Tribe originating in the Hazleton, BC area. I belong to the Wolf House (Wilp Lax Gibuu), traditionally the sect responsible for hosting the ceremonial feasts (pot latch) and providing many social and healing services. Traditional items of trade that represented wealth and prosperity were items containing copper and abalone.  

Currently residing in Summerland, BC, I enjoy sharing traditional 'Ksan imagery while playing with form and function.

Aug 2012              Collaborative Kiln Casting with Linda Ross, Session 5 at Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood WA  Linda Ross is a renowned glass casting artist from Boston, Ma.  During this three week intensive hands-on course, we learnt a combination of mold making and lost wax kiln casting.  We produced quite a few castings and learnt to work with various kinds of molds for various stages of creating waxes and investment molds for glass casting. I also attended cold working, print making and collaborative hot glass sessions while in attendance at Pilchuck Glass School.

March 2010          Powders: Colour, Components and Crackle! By Robert Leatherbarrow, Salt Spring Island BC  Robert Leatherbarrow is a renowned artist from Calgary and now BC.  During this five day intensive hands-on course, we learnt to work with glass powders, reactive glass colors, cold working procedures, kiln firing schedules, glass display.

May 2009              Glass Casting with Mold Mix 6 by Melanie Rowe, Vancouver BC  Melanie Rowe is a renowned artist from BC.  During this three day hands on course, we learnt lost wax casting methods, 3D molds and texture plates.

Aug 2008              Image Transfer on Clay with Paul Andrew Wandless, Kelowna BC  Paul Andrew Wandless is a renowned artist from Chicago.  During this three day hands-on intensive course, we learnt traditional printmaking techniques like screens, stencils, adhesive stencils, floating screens, silk-screens, sponge screening and linoprints.  We used these techniques to create either monoprints in either a “suite” or “edition” by casting with clay on a plaster of paris ‘canvass’ to obtain direct printing on clay.

March 2007          Paperclay Workshop by Graham Hay, California USA  Graham Hay is a renowned artist from Australia.  During this three day, hands-on intensive course, we learnt how to make paperclay, do speed casting, immersions, working with media as either a “burn-out” or “skeleton”.