Nancy Bainter

Having been born in Hawai’i and spending my initial years playing with my twin sister on and around the sandy beaches and rocks, I’ve always loved the ocean and its resources. Constantly active, I prefer swimming in the ocean; I also like the mountains and Alpine skied for thirty years mostly in California. These themes can be seen in many of my glass pieces.

I got started in fusing glass late in life having first taught second language acquisition to high school students for over thirty-five years and training teachers not only in California but also more consistently at Stanford in the BAFLP program.

My husband Mike and I purchased his family’s 1911 Clear Lake home in the 90’s where his parents lived into the 21st century. We added a multi-car garage with an archive room above for our many interests. After retiring from teaching, I returned with Mike to Clear Lake more consistently to be with his family and friends; we continue to travel throughout the world.

When I joined the Clear Lake Arts Center I began water coloring and painting. I took an introductory glass fusing class at John Larsen’s workroom. I was hooked. The way the glass moved so freely is what helped me over the reticence of cutting glass. I love the melting together of cut forms; it all reminds me of nature–the ocean, the sand, the animals as well as the craggy mountains. It all flows uniquely and smoothly. None of my pieces are the exact same, of course; the themes differ, the process is similar. I hope others will be drawn to my varying choices of color and design.