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Alisa Nielsen is a registered Interior Designer who has sought a creative outlet that reunites her with her ancestors. Although born and raised in Vancouver, BC, Alisa’s roots are in Kispiox, a Gitxsan Carrier Tribe originating in the Hazleton, BC area. She is from the Wolf House (Wilp Lax Gibuu), traditionally t… Read More
Alisa Nielsen is a registered Interior Designer who has sought a creative outlet that reunites her with her ancestors. Although born and raised in Vancouver, BC, Alisa’s roots are in Kispiox, a Gitxsan Carrier Tribe originating in the Hazleton, BC area. She is from the Wolf House (Wilp Lax Gibuu), traditionally the sect of the tribe responsible for hosting ceremonial feasts (pot latch) and providing many social and healing services.

Traditional items of trade that represented wealth and prosperity were items containing copper and abalone. In a modernistic approach to incorporating these elements into her artwork, Alisa is working with copper inlays in her glass works and Raku glazes in her pottery works.

Many of the design inspirations Alisa has come from natural habitat – rock formations, creature designs, even the media utilized. Although mechanically manipulated, the materials are from the raw earth.

Currently residing in Summerland, BC she is trying to share traditional ‘Ksan imagery through both clay and glass mediums. Inspired by nature, tradition and function - Alisa’s works vary in their artistic forms. Read Less
The creation of a fused glass is a labour of love and a bit like designing and implementing your own puzzle.

Alisa Nielsen's kiln cast glass works are created out of powdered glass with copper inlays.

First the design of the piece needs to be created and colour thought out and applied. Inlays of copper detail… Read More
The creation of a fused glass is a labour of love and a bit like designing and implementing your own puzzle.

Alisa Nielsen's kiln cast glass works are created out of powdered glass with copper inlays.

First the design of the piece needs to be created and colour thought out and applied. Inlays of copper detail are created by cutting out the design (which has been ‘skeletonized’) in thin copper foil; the background colour is created using several colours of powdered glass sifted throughout.

The whole piece has generally undergone three separate kiln firings (a tack fuse, a full fuse and a slump fuse) before it’s complete. Read Less
Education:
July 31 – Aug 17, 2012 Collaborative Kiln Casting with Linda Ross, Session 5 at Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood WA
Linda Ross is a renowned glass casting artist from Boston, Ma. During this three week intensive hands-on course, we learnt a combination of mold making and lost wax kiln casting. We pro… Read More
Education:
July 31 – Aug 17, 2012 Collaborative Kiln Casting with Linda Ross, Session 5 at Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood WA
Linda Ross is a renowned glass casting artist from Boston, Ma. During this three week intensive hands-on course, we learnt a combination of mold making and lost wax kiln casting. We produced quite a few castings during the course.and also learnt to work with creating various kinds of molds for various stages of creating waxes and investment molds for glass casting. I also attended cold working, print making and collaborative hot glass sessions while in attendance at Pilchuck Glass School.

March 22 – 36, 2010 Powders: Colour, Components and Crackle! By Robert Leatherbarrow, Salt Spring Island BC
Robert Leatherbarrow is a renowned artist from Calgary and now BC. During this five day intensive hands-on course, we learnt to work with glass powders, reactive glass colours, cold working procedures, kiln firing schedules, glass display.
May 22 – 25, 2009 Glass Casting with Mold Mix 6 by Melanie Rowe, Vancouver BC
Melanie Rowe is a renowned artist from BC. During this three day hands on course, we learnt lost wax casting methods, 3D molds and texture plates with microcrystalline wax and mold mix 6.
August 9 – 11, 2008 Image Transfer on Clay with Paul Andrew Wandless, Kelowna BC
Paul Andrew Wandless is a renowned artist from Chicago. During this three day hands-on intensive course, we learnt traditional printmaking techniques like screens, stencils, adhesive stencils, floating screens, silk-screens, sponge screening and linoprints. We used these techniques to create either monoprints in either a “suite” or “edition” by casting with clay on a plaster of paris ‘canvass’ to obtain direct printing on clay.
August 7-8, 2008 Kelowna Clay Festival, Kelowna BC
Attended two day symposium with artists Lorel Sterng (clay sculpture using paper bags filled with sand) and Jim Robison (creating large scale slabs pre-stained with slab roller and texture).
March 3-5, 2007 Paperclay Workshop by Graham Hay, California USA
Graham Hay is a renowned artist from Australia. During this three day, hands-on intensive course, we learnt how to make paperclay, do speed casting, immersions, working with media as either a “burn-out” or “skeleton”.
1993-94 UBC Vancouver BC
- Completed year one of Urban Land Economics Degree.
1988-90 BC INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY Burnaby BC
- Completed a three year post secondary nationally recognised School of Engineering Building Technology program with a Diploma of Building Technology (Economics Major).
1984-87 DOUGLAS COLLEGE / UBC. New Westminster / Vancouver BC
- Completed two years University Transfer – Sciences, Completed Bachelor of Sciences (Biology & Psychology Major).

Registered as an Interior Designer - NCIDQ #162165 (since) April 2002
Registered as an Applied Science Technologist (since) February 1994
Diploma of Building Technology, Economics June 1990
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Member Since: Feb 22, 2012