Nicole Hanna

Nicole Hanna

Quilt Collaboration

April 2007 

The quilt tile is a peach glass base. The outer triangles are reed glass with aventurine stringer…attempting to make it look like striped fabric. The outside words are liquid stringer I attempted to make look like thread stitches. The inside triangles: cream color Wasser with liquid stringer butterflies; brown BE with regular stringer daisies/liquid stringer stems; blue Wasser with regular bent stringer/liquid stringer mica waves and a marigold yellow fish; streaky orange BE with Faye’s vit. stringers for the sun rays.

The forest fire one is just pieces of BE with a little liquid stringer for the smoke and rain, some vit. stringer for the flames, etc.

Artist’s Statement 

Writing an “artist’s statement” is something I find difficult to do because to me, it’s like trying to describe a color. Is it art, craft, trash, or treasure? I don’t know, nor do I care. I know only that I am happiest when I am able to utilize my creativity to fabricate the images in my imagination. Thinking about what, why, or how I do it merely serves to take away from the time I get to spend doing it.

I have chosen to work with kiln formed glass because it offers endless possibilities of fascination and challenge. Glass is a multi-faceted material. It’s strong enough to shelter us, yet so fragile. While it can appear to be a cold, hard material, its glistening reflectivity is warm and mesmerizing and takes on a life of its own. It can be manipulated by cutting, grinding, pulverizing, or melting it, yet it has such a mind of it’s own that one wrong cut, one deviant degree of temperature, leaves one wondering who’s manipulated whom. The result of overcoming the challenges it presents is a satisfying feeling achievement.

The theme of this collaboration has been to incorporate the elements of earth, air, water and fire into a quilt-like frame. Just as these environmental elements can present themselves in many forms, I have attempted to use several of the available forms of glass, as well as kiln forming and cold working technique to reflect this.


  1. Nicki,

    Your sense of humor really cracks me up. I have to smile everytime I look at your forest fire. Thank you for writing your statement – I know it was hard for you, but you did good!!


  2. Nicki,

    You are so creative, not only with the glass art you do but also with words.
    Love your work and imagination.


  3. Your first tile is quite a mind- and eye-‘player’. If you look closely, it can either ‘sink’ or ‘rise’, giving it a wonderful feeling of being as alive as the elements it portrays. It also reminds me of a paper fold game that we used to play as kids – each corner unfolded brought a new surprise, and this is how it feel with your glass – you can lift the pieces and expect to find something new underneath.
    Lovely! We also feel the same about glass and its manipulating the person. Thanks for the joy it brings.
    Susan L

  4. Very nice stuff. I use glass in other ways, but it’s all a wonderful art form and recreational resource…

  5. I can’t decide which one I like better. Your quilt square has an old fashioned feel about it, as if it were actually hand stitched by a grandma and her quilting bee. And your burning trees are perfect, with the flames and smoke.

    Great job on both of them!


  6. Nicola I didn’t know you could sew too!! lol.. it is so interesting and different .. I really like the stitchery look to the first tile.

  7. Nicole,

    I like the tree tile the best. Especially the burning trees!

    If this piece ever needs a new home, think of me,
    Susan B

  8. Thanks to all of your comments!
    Janet…my mother was a seamstress for Pendelton Woolen Mills for years, has sewn all of her life…not one of us 3 girls inherited her patience for it! At first I was concerned as my glass “stitches” were so crooked, but it really is quite indicative of the way I sew with thread so I let it stay that way!

  9. Dear Cousin Nicki,

    I truly appreciate your intelligence and skill. Your work is a delight to see and it stimulates the mind as well. I used to think I was creative, but you are putting me to shame. Since I never had children, it is good to know that the Bogatz creativity will not be lost to the world, but passed down through your children.

    Your first quilt square is my favorite, because it looks like a patchwork quilt square while it also incorporates the colors and textures of the four elements and the look of hand stitching. I can’t imagine doing that with glass! (You can’t rip out an errant stitch like you can in quilting!)

    Thank you so much for sharing your talent, ideas and visual works of art with us all! I’m impressed.

    Love, Judy BB

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