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Nancy Klimley

Klimley's pieces are created using the "lost wax" casting technique, which was originally conceived to make cast bronze pieces. Using a series of molds, she hand carves details into a wax form that is then melted out and replaced by molten glass. After several days in the kiln, an intricate cast glass sculpture emerges. The work is then ground and polished, resulting in the rich, luminescent quality for which Klimley's work is known.

Much of Klimley's work incorporates delicate, lace-like patterning which is intended to reflect emotions, characters or movements. “It’s a human instinct to decorate one’s environment. My work explores this trait, especially the use of pattern. Textiles, architecture, industrial design, and nature all influence me. I start with wax vessels that have very simple silhouettes so the shape doesn’t compete with the patterns I add using incising, application, or cage technique. Some pieces are solely decorative, but others evolve into statements that describe the essence of an object, character, emotion, or movement.” Nancy Klimley received her B.F.A. degree from Syracuse University and her M.F.A. degree from the School of Visual Arts in New York. She has spent six summers at Pilchuck perfecting her kiln-casting skill.

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