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As an artist, Nancy E. Burke is largely self-taught, having taken workshop courses from a variety of nationally known instructors in kiln-formed glass. After a 20-year career in the computer industry, Ms. Burke established her Westborough, MA, studio, Quicksilver Glass, in 2004, and sells her work in shows, galleries, and on commission.
Glass affords many exciting properties for artists, including texture, color, transparency, and the ability to be shaped and fused with heat. I enjoy working with glass in a kiln to represent the interplays of light and surfaces in nature, and using glass’s properties to achieve the effects I want, whether it is creating dappled light among the trees, movement of water in a rushing stream, or in giving a fabric-like texture to a bowl.