Equipped with a wonderful imagination and exceptionally gifted in drawing, Nick Chase's first foray into art came by way of animation. Fairly early into his studies Nick realized that he wanted to create something more tangible. In 2003 he enrolled in The Craft and Design program at Ontario's Sheridan College. He took a glass course, fell in love with the medium and as the saying goes, "the rest is history".
Following some successful exhibitions in 2006 and 2007 Chase has emerged as an up and coming glass artist and has garnered loyal clients nation-wide.
Chase's current body of work is characterized by simple blown forms juxtaposed with intricate sandblasted details. Each piece is distinctive and an exploration of the material’s sensitivity to gravity, versus the artists’ vision.
At present, Chase is working alongside veteran glass artist Jeff Goodman at the Jeff Goodman Studio in Toronto
Having spent every summer of my youth at our family's beach cottage on the eastern coast of Canada, my work has been inspired by the beauty of nature and the serenity of the ocean. Sketching and drawing have always been a strong point to my framework and I use this capacity to create distinct pieces. Starting with a basic blown shape that flows as well as a shore line would, I add texture and design to each glass piece by means of carving or sandblasting. I like to challenge the viewers’ eye by incorporating textures and design elements that reveal “there is more than meets the eye.
Glass is a very versatile and challenging medium to work in and I love everything it throws at me. It’s a constant battle between it and the artist. The fact that you can get so much movement and personality just by using heat and gravity will keep me forever fascinated.