"Glass is a fascinating and compelling material to work with. When super hot it can be poured and cast in a fluid state, or blown and sculptured hot in a semi-molten state.When solid at room temperature it can be cut, faceted and polished to a fine brilliance. Tooled for thousands of years glass is the most precious when worked to capture this unique relationship with light.
Glass, technically speaking, is neither a solid nor a liquid. It can be better described as a 'super cooled liquid' having no crystalline structure at all. hence it breaks randomly jagged and dangerously sharp. I try to think of glass as a liquid that's frozen to room temperature in a controlled and sometimes precarious balancing act of heat, gravity, timing and human intervention in these processes.
The compelling and fascinating challenge for me now is trying to work with glass in such a way that concentrates on and expresses this fluidity as a material and its relationship with light. Many of my current designs are an effort to capture both this frozen gesture in form while also playing with the richness in color and light that glass generates.
Most of my work is functional as I've often felt most satisfyied making things that are both beautiful and useful. But I'm trying not to limit myself to this aesthetic and have begun to develop some new sculptural ideas recently."
Nicholas Kekic was given the rare gift of being born into a glass making family. His grandfather worked in an industrial glass making facility at General Electric for forty two years. This wealth of technical knowledge and years of expereince was gifted to Nick's father, Thomas Kekic, an artist, craftsman and teacherwho put it to use helping start the glass program at Rochester Institute of Technology in the early studio art glass movement in America.
Growing up in this enviroment Nick was surrounded by hand-made objects and people who took care and effort in the creative process, people who found value in these things and the life of ideas and creativity they can generate. It is this tradition he believes that making and using these objects brings a richness to our lives that is both unique and precious. These objects have a great value not only in how they are appreciated but in the process of their creation as well.
Nick has been working in glass on his own now with his wife, Tamasin Ballou, a potter and has most recently settled in Chester, Vermont where they built a home and studios. Nickolas Kekic's Glass has been shown in Galleries and private collections throughout the U.S.