GLASSTORM: Contemporary Glass Studio
Nichola Burns
NICHOLA BURNS
NICHOLA BURNS

Nichola Burns

In August 2002 Nichola returned to her native Scotland after a decade of making glass in Switzerland, the Netherlands, and the United States. During this time she has worked with many of the leading glass designers/makers within Europe and the USA most notably Toots Zynsky in Amsterdam and Philip Baldwin and Monica Guggisberg in Switzerland.

She creates energetic, exuberant and vital sculptural forms in hot glass. Considered a colourist by fellow glass artists, her works are carefully crafted to incorporate many colours and textures, creating unique artworks that delight the viewer.

'My work is fairly organic in nature. I try to replicate movement and feeling into my glass works by creating multi-layers by pulling, tweezing and willing the glass to move in many directions at once. I have always enjoyed painting and the application of colours in my work is hugely important with colours often blending or being enhanced by magnification by clear strands. I try to recreate a moment in time for instance the feeling of seeing a small fire burn in the night or ink dispersing in water; all those little things we all witness and think how beautiful it is for that instant. Like a child witnessing something for the first time'. Nichola Burns.

For  more check-out – www.nicholaburns.com

 

Education
Roc Zadkine - Goldsmith & Silversmithing/Amsterdam - 1999 - 2000
International Glass Centre, Brierly Hill, England 1994 - 1995
Grays School of Art, Aberdeen, Scotland 1991 - 1992
Cardonald College, Glasgow, Scotland 1990 – 1991


Relevant Work Experience
Hi-arts Craft External Advisor 2010-12
Gray's School of Art External Advisor
Craft Scotland Board Member
Studio Assistant to Toots Zynsky, Providence, USA   Aug '98 -Nov '98
Studio Assistant to Philip Baldwin & Monica Guggisberg, Nonfoux, Switzerland   Feb '97 - July '99
Studio Assistant to Toots Zynsky, Amsterdam, The Netherlands   Oct '95 - Jan '97

Relevant Workshops and Courses
North Lands Creative Glass - International Conference 'Sources of Inspiration', 2008
North Lands Creative Glass - International Conference ‘The Skilful Hand and Eye’, 2006
North Lands Creative Glass – International Conference ‘The Design Element’, 2005

Exhibitions
Vessel Gallery, London 2014
Vessel Gallery, Celebration at The Dorchester, London, 2013
Gallery Heinzel, Aberdeen, Scotland 2013 (Glasstorm Works)
The Strathearn Gallery, Crief, Scotland 2013 (Glasstorm Works)
Milton Gallery, Banchory, Scotland 2013
Gallery Heinzel, Aberdeen, Scotland 2012 (Glasstorm Works)
Edinburgh Contemporary Crafts, Edinburgh, Scotland 2012
Gallery Ten, Edinburgh, Scotland 2012
The Flour Store Gallery, Strathaven, Scotland 2012 (Glasstorm Works)
Timespan, Helmsdale, Scotland 2012
The Strathearn Gallery, Crief, Scotland 2012 (Glasstorm Works)
Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland 2011 (Glasstorm Works)
Gallery Heinzel, Aberdeen, Scotland 2011 (Glasstorm Works)
The Panik Gallery, Killearn, Scotland 2010
Gallery Heinzel, Aberdeen, Scotland 2010 (Glasstorm Range)
Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland 2010 (Glasstorm Range)
Scotlands Housing Expo, Hi-Arts Showcase, Inverness, Scotland 2010
Fortnum & Mason, 'Handcrafted', London, England 2010
Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland 2009 (Glasstorm Range)
Gallery Heinzel, Aberdeen, Scotland 2009 (Glasstorm Range)
The Panik Gallery, Killearn, Scotland 2009
Scottish Glass Society ‘MIGRATE’ Travelling Exhibition, Inverness Museum & Gallery,Inverness/ St Fergus Gallery,Wick /Iona Gallery, Kingussie/ Broadfield House Glass Museum, Stourbridge 2009/2010
Aberdona Gallery, Alloa, Scotland 2009
Swanson Gallery, Thurso, Scotland 2009 ‘Precious Cargo –Travelling Installation Work with B Nairn
Inverness Museum & Art Gallery, Inverness, Scotland 2009 ‘Precious Cargo – Travelling Exhibition (Collaborative Installation with B Nairn)
National Museum of Scotland,Edinburgh 2008
National Glass Centre, Sunderland, England 2008                                                              
Heart Gallery, The Arts Centre, Hebden Bridge England 2008 (Glasstorm Range)
Bonhoga Gallery, Weisdale, Shetland, Scotland 2008
Ruby Orange Gallery, Biggar, Scotland 2008
Homes&Interios Scotland - cratscotland , SECC, Glasgow, Scotland 2008
Gallery Heinzel, Aberdeen, Scotland 2008
Design Show Liverpool, Liverpool, England 2008
Nairn Book & Arts Festival, Nairn, Scotland 2008
Sarah Wiseman Gallery, Oxford, England 2008
Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland 2008
The Strathearn Gallery, Crieff, Scotland 2008
Eden Court Theatre / 'Wall Works' - Glass Installation, Inverness, Scotland 2008
Sqint Line Design, Total Kunst Gallery/Forest cafe, Edinburgh, Scotland 2008
Timespan Heritage Centre & Gallery, Helmsdale, Scotland 2008
Flowerfield Arts Centre, Portstewart, Northern Ireland 2008
Cridhe na Gaidhealtachd/A Highland Showcase, Eden Court Theatre, Inverness, Scotland 2008
(Collobartaive Works with B Nairn)
Cridhe na Gaidhealtachd/A Highland Showcase, Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh, Scotland 2007 (Collobartaive Works with B Nairn)
The Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh,Scotland 2007 (Glasstorm range)
Royal Museum of Scotland, 'Gifted', Edinburgh, Scotland 2007 (Glasstorm range)
ORIGIN - London Craft Fair, Somerset House, London, England 2007
Scottish Glass Society Exhibition, Lillie Art Gallery, Milngavie, Scotland 2007
Inchmore Gallery, Inchmore, Scotland 2007
Cawdor Castle, Nairn, Scotland 2007 (Collaborative Work with B Nairn)
Second Gather, Himley Hall, Himley, England 2007
Nairn Book & Arts Festival, Nairn, Scotland 2007 (Glasstorm range)
Six Cities Design Festival, ‘This One Feels Just Right’ Exhibit, Inverness Museum & Art Gallery, Inverness, Scotland 2007 (Collaborative Work with B Nairn)
Six Cities Design Festival, ‘Home Room’, Inverness Museum & Art Gallery, Scotland 2007 (Collaborative Work with B Nairn)
NewcastleGateshead Art Fair 2007 - Highland Arts Exhibition Team, Newcastle, England 2007
Panik Gallery, Killearn, Scotland 2007 (Glasstorm range)
Gallery Heinzel, Aberdeen, Scotland 2007 (Glasstorm range)
Green Gallery, Buchlyvie, Scotland 2007 (Glasstorm range)
Art For Business, In-business centre, Inverness, Scotland 2007
Visual Arts Scotland Open Exhibition, The Scottish Royal Academy, Edinburgh, Scotland 2007
The Duthchas-Legacy Exhibition,Highland 2007 Touring Exhibition, Scotland 2007(Glasstorm range)
Gifted Exhibition, The Royal Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland 2006 (Glasstorm range)
Gifted Exhibition, The Swanson Gallery, Thurso, Scotland 2006 (Glasstorm range)
Newformations Exhibition - Scotland’s Centre for Architecture, Design & City, Glasgow, Scotland 2006 (Glasstorm range)
Scottish Glass Society Exhibition, Collins Gallery, Scotland 2006
The High Street Gallery, Kirkudbright, Scotland 2006
Second Gather, Himley Hall, Himley, England 2006
Panik Gallery, Killearn, Scotland 2006
Ross-shire Riches - Highland & Island Enterprise, Harrods, London, 2006 (Glasstorm range)
Tartan Week,  Craft Village, Central Station, New York 2006 (Glasstorm range)
The Swanson Gallery, Thurso, Scotland 2006 (Glasstorm range)
The High Street Gallery, Kirkcudbright, Scotland 2005 (Glasstorm range)
C.a.f.e (Contemporary Art Fair Edinburgh), Edinburgh, Scotland 2005 (Glasstorm range)
Just Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland, 2005 (Glasstorm range)
Galerie d’arte & di vetro, Bergamo & Venice, Italia 1999
Galerie L, Hamburg, Germany 1999
Maison du Prieur, Romanmotier, Switzerland 1999
Galerie San Nicolo, Venice, Italia 1999
The Kunst-Messe/ Galerie L, Munich, Germany 1998
Talente 97, Munchen Kunsthalle, Munich, Germany 1997
First Gather V,  Himley Hall, Himley, England 1995

Commissions & Projects
Valerie Peddie - Bespoke Lighting 2013
Links House at Royal Dornoch, Dornoch - Bespoke Glassware 2013
Bill & Doreen Garrett - Replica Whisky Nosing Glass 2013
Flathill Communications Group – Private Business Award –  (Collaboration with Brodie Nairn) 2013
Flathill Communications Group – Mediscience Award –  (Collaboration with Brodie Nairn) 2013
Flathill Communications Group – PLC Awards – Collaboration with Brodie Nairn) 2013
Lucy Skaer- Mount Stewart/ Production of Exhibition Works 2013
Katherine Dowson- Production of Exhibition Works for 'Bethlehem' 2013
Conan Abel- Aberdeen City Council/Creative Scotland-Production of Exhibition works 2013
Isla Chlebowska/Gray's School of Art-Production of Award/OOA Offshore Achievement Award 2013
Filth Productions Ltd-Glass Bespoke Jar/ Film Prop 2012

Rennie & Fraser Thomson-Private Commission - Glass Mobile 2012
Flathill Communications Group – Private Business Award –  (Collaboration with Brodie Nairn) 2012
Flathill Communications Group – Mediscience Award –  (Collaboration with Brodie Nairn) 2012
Flathill Communications Group – PLC Awards – Collaboration with Brodie Nairn) 2012
Kincardine & Deeside Arts Forum – (Collaboration with Brodie Nairn) Trophy 2012
Flathill Communications Group – Private Business Award (Collaboration with Brodie Nairn) 2011
Markus Blee Design – Loose Women set decoration (Collaboration with B Nairn) - 2011
Flathill Communications – Mediscience Award 2011 (Collaboration with B Nairn) - 2011
Flathill Communications – PLC 2010 Award (Collaboration with B Nairn) - 2011
Heriot Watt University – Permanent wall art (Collaboration with B Nairn) - 2011
Michael & Carol Maskell- Stained Glass commission - 2011
Kincardine & Deeside Arts Forum - Trophy (Collaboration with B Nairn) - 2011
Morrison Bowmore Distillers Limited, Bowmore 40year Old Bottle - Design & Manufacture 2010
Inver House Distillers Limited, Old Pulteney 40year Old Bottle - Design & Prototyping 2010
Tain Horticultural Show, Bespoke Trophy - Design & Manufacture 2010
Big Brother TV Show, Channel 4 - Glassware - Set Props 2010

The Highland Council - Highland Business Game Award - 2010
Scottish Water/ Newhaven Communications - Glasgeau Water Design & Manufacture– 2010
Ross-shire Ladies Curling Team, Mhairi Roberston Memorial Trophy - 2010
Highland & Islands Enterprise / H.I.E, Corporate Giftware - 2010
Museum of Scotland, Glass Inserts & Exploration / Pictish Stone by Barry Grove - 2010
Hugh & Susan Seright – Private Commission - Rosemarkie Stone / Etched Door Panels - 2009
Purple Creative Consultancy –Etched Spirit Whiskey Nosing Glasses - 2009
Keith & Linda McCurrach – Private Commission - Neil McCurrach Award – 2009
Kenny MacInnes – Private Commission – Sculptural Necklace / Glass & Silver - 2009
Inverness City Partnership – Glass Public Walkway / Lombart Street, Inverness Streetscape Project - 2009
The Highland Council – Highland Business Game Award (Collaboration with B Nairn) - 2009
Nevis Cycles Racing Team / West Highland Wheelers – Jason MacIntyre Memorial Trophy - 2009
BBC - 'Celebrity Scissorhands' TV show, Glassware- Set Props (Collaboration with B Nairn) - 2008
Scottish Government - Presentation/Ministeral Gift (Collaboration with B Nairn) - 2008
Splash Media - EUROVISION DANCE 2008 TROPHY (Collaboratin with B Nairn) - 2008
Grays School of Art - Prototypes for Lauren Skene /3D Design Student - 2008
Bobby & Denise Goldstein - Private Lighting Commission (Collaboration with B Nairn)- 2008
Nevis Cycles Racing Team / West Highland Wheelers - Jason MacIntyre Memorial Trophy(Collaboration with B Nairn) - 2008
Lucy Woodley - Production of Glass Forms (Collaboration with B Nairn) - 2008
Sandra Murray - Commission Laminated/Enamelled Table Top (Collaboration with B Nairn) - 2008
Alanna Cochrane - Producstion of Glass Prototypes (Collaboration with B Nairn) - 2008
Barry Grove - Production of Glass Works - The Waterways Trust, Forth & Clyde Canal - 2008 
Yacht Club - Production of Glass Works (Collaboration with B Nairn) - 2008
Ewen & Lorraine Mann - Private Lighting Commission (Collaboration with B Nairn ) - 2008
S.C.D.A Moray Firth - The Jane Singleton Trophy for Direction (Collaboration with B Nairn) - 2008
Harry Parr - Private Commission (Collaboration With B Nairn) - 2007
Visual Arts Sutherland -  Private Gratitude Award Commission (Collaboration with B Nairn) - 2007
David Urquhart - Private Commission Golfing Trophy (Collaboration with B Nairn) - 2007
Katy West - Production of Glass Works (Collaboration with B Nairn) - 2007
Saga Arpino - Prayer Room, Church Mission Society (Collaboration with B Nairn) - 2007
Tony Watson – Private Stained Glass Commission (Collaboration with B Nairn) – 2007
The Highland Council – International Business Game Awards (Collaboration with B Nairn) - 2007
Six Cities Design Festival - Lighting & Glass Chair Commissions (Collaboration with B Nairn) -2007
The Oystercatcher Restaurant - Bespoke Serving Platters (Collaboration with B Nairn) - 2007
The Glenmorangie Company - Design Consultancy (Collaboration with B Nairn) - 2006
Dornoch Academy - Vocational Award  (Collaboration with B Nairn) - 2006
Greens Restaurant/Tain Golf Club - Greens Award  (Collaboration with B Nairn) - 2006
Tain Community Council - Taste of Tain Judging Panel Gifts (Collaboration with B Nairn) - 2006
Denise Macdonald - Balinroich Cup/Trophy (Collaboration with B Nairn)  - 2005
Metalwork UK Ltd - Corporate Glass Giftware (Collaboration with B Nairn) - 2005
SAP, Geneve, Switzerland - Corporate Glass Giftware (Collaboration with B Nairn) - 1997

Bespoke Elite Bottles for Drink Companies
William Grant & Sons Distillers Ltd - Glenfiddich Limited Edition 50 year old Bottle - Manufacture  2013
Morrison Bowmore Distillers Limited, Bowmore 50 Year Old Bottle 1964 - Design and Manufacture 2013/14
Morrison Bowmore Distillers Limited, Bowmore 1957 Bottle - Design and Manufacture 2012
William Grant & Sons Distillers Ltd - Glenfiddich Limited Edition 50 year old Bottle - Manufacture  2012
William Grant & Sons Distillers Ltd – Glenfiddich Limited Edition 50year old Bottle – Manufacture  2011
Morrison Bowmore Distillers Limited, Bowmore Rock Bottle -2011
Morrison Bowmore Distillers Limited, Bowmore Crest Bottle 2011
William Grant & Sons Ltd - Glenfiddich Janet Sheed Roberts Reserve Bottle 2011
William Grant & Sons Distillers Ltd – Glenfiddich Limited Edition 50year old Bottle – Manufacture - 2009/10
Morrison Bowmore Distillers Limited - I W S C Distiller of the year Trophy, Sponsored by Suntory- 2009
William Grant & Sons Distillers Ltd - Prototype Colour Samples - 2008
The Glenmorangie Company - Design Consultancy  - 2006

Collections
Maison du Prieur, Romanmotier, Switzerland

Publications
Ross-shire Journal - October 3rd 2011, Front page
Ross-shire Journal - October 14th 2011, Front page
Homes & Interiors Scotland - Nov/Dec Issue 2008 - p45
Ross-shire Journal - October 31st 2008, p.2
Ross-shire Journal - September 5th 2008, Front Page
Press & Journal - September 4th 2008, p.3
The Sunday Times/Ecosse Section - 27th July 2008, p.11
I-on Magazine #29 - May 2008, p.7 & p.78
The Press & Journal - March 17th 2008
BBC GoodHomes Magazine - Feb 2008, p.4
The Herald - 16th Nov 2007

Northen Times - 9th Nov 2007
Executive Magazine - July 2007, p.12 & p.13
Scotland on Sunday, In-house Magazine - 24th February 2007
Exhib.catalogue - Talente ‘97, p.41 & p.45
Tain & Dornoch Picture Post – Dec 2006 Issue No.73, p.12
Artwork – Nov/Dec 2006 Issue No. 140, Centre Feature
The Scottish Glass Society - Autumn 2006, p.8
Exhibition catalogue The Scottish Glass Society - 2006, p.5
The Ross-shire Journal - 16th June 2006, p.8
Homes Plus Scotland - March/April 2006, p.36 & p.37
Homes & Interiors Scotland - Jan/Feb2006 Issue No.45, p.63 & p.64
The Northern Times - 16th December 2005, p.5
Tain & Dornoch Picture Post - Dec 2005 Issue No.61, p.10
The Herald, Weekend Living - 19th November 2005 Interior, p.8
Ross-Shire Journal - 21st October 2005, p.8
The Northern Times - 21st October 2005, p.7
Press & Journal - 17th October 2005, p.4

Web Publications
Hi-arts March 2008- Wall works, Eden Court- http://www.hi-arts.co.uk/Default.aspx.LoclD-hianewnkj.RefLoclD-hiacg5005.Lang-EN.htm
Scottish Arts Council - Origin 2007 - http://www.scottisharts.org.uk/1/latestnews/1004854.aspx

Hi-arts June’07 – Inchmore Gallery Opening Exhibition
Hi-arts Jan’07 – Fonn’s Duthchas – Land and Legacy
Hi-arts Dec’06 – Created in Scotland By Hand
Craftscotland Aug’06 – Autumn Inspirations
John O’Groat Journal Nov’06 – Swanson gallery showcase for contemporary crafts
Craftscotland July’06 – Vibrant Show by Scottish Glass Society
Hi-arts May’06 – Glasstorm Launch New Website
Hi-arts Dec’05 – Captivated by Glass
Hi-arts Feb’04 – Don’t Try This At Home
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