burton art gallery and museum
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Kingsley Road, Bideford, Devon EX39 2QQ

Telephone: 01237 471455
Email: info@theburton.org

Admission is Free
Open Daily 10am - 4pm
Sundays 11am - 4pm

Nick Orlser

Nick Orsler


Nick is a hugely experienced freeform glass blower with a national reputation for his wonderful original sculptures in glass. Nick initially trained at Hornsey College of Art in London, and then did a degree in Industrial Design at Leicester.  After various apprenticeships in small studios in England, Nick travelled to parts of Europe, mainly The Black Forest in Bavaria, and parts of Italy, to extend his interests in the art of glassmaking.

On returning to England Nick set up a small studio in London with the support of a Crafts Council award. Nick has exhibited and sold glass to numerous Crafts Council selected galleries including the Cecilia Coleman Gallery, London, and the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge. Stockists of Nicks' glass have included Harrods International Glass Department, London; Liberty's One Off Department, London; The Designers Guild – all branches; and Next Interiors – all branches.

In 2005 Nick and his wife managed to secure a premises suitable for a glass blowing studio in Dartmouth and also opened a Gallery in the centre of the town.  The Gallery has been well received by both locals and visitors. ‘Blown’ is the only contemporary hot glass studio in the South Hams. A wide range of functional and artform glass is free blown by a small team directed by Nick. They specialise in one off studio pieces and every piece is unique and signed.

Nick has designed and made glass for over 20 years and has had work purchased for both private and public collections around the world. Since moving to the South West Nick has participated in various exhibitions including The Brownston Gallery in Modbury (September 2006), which featured some very large blown Sculptural pieces. Nick has worked closely with Interior Designers and Architects and welcomes commission work.

Nick is particularly keen to continue with his love of experimenting with colour and form. Experimentation is the key to making unusual pieces and hopefully the relationship with this wholly seductive material will always be highly cherished and the end results worthy of the process.

lottery funded