Nick Leonoff was born in 1978 in Santa Clara, California. Nick began working with glass as an apprentice to Alan Masaoka, a stained glass artist in 1998. He received a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Pepperdine University in 2002. Nick returned to glass in 2004 when Alan Masaoka introduced him to glass blowing. He has studied at numerous Craft Schools around the country including Pilchuck Glass School, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Pittsburgh Glass Center, and the Studio at Corning. He has studied with many notable artist including Davide Salvedore, Martin Janecky, Jack Wax and Jiri Harcuba, to learn his craft and develop his skills. Nick also considerers himself self-taught with the considerable amount of time he has spent refining his techniques. In 2011, Nick moved his studio to Brooklyn, NY to further pursue his artistic endeavors. After a very creative and developmental time in NYC, Nick returned to his hometown of Carmel Valley, CA. In 2017, Nick opened Leonoff Studios & Gallery where he creates his blown glass and shows his midrange works. He expanded in 2019 by opening a new showroom, Nick Leonoff Contemporary Glass Gallery to exhibit his blown and carved sculptures in Carmel Valley Village. Nick also continues to travel and exhibit his work at selected art fairs nationally.
The luminescent qualities of glass appeal to me as it responds to light. I am drawn to the potential of a material that can vary from a translucent to an opaque medium in a brilliant range of colors and gradations.
I create blown glass using Swedish overlay techniques layering colored glass in the walls and on the surface of the glass forms. I carve the surface of the pieces with diamond wheels to remove layers of glass and expose colors within the piece. The blown pieces become the canvas for the carving process and the carving becomes the core of the design in each piece. Through this coldworking process I have been able to explore the potential of the material and focus my artistic vision.
I am creating a relationship between the interior and exterior by juxtaposing opaque and translucent, glossy & matte, with light and dark. The balance that is revealed connects the conscious with the subconscious as the voice of the material emerges through the reflections of light.