Jared and Nicole Davis
Jared and Nicole Davis have used their years of experience to create a successful glass blowing and design studio. North Rim Glass Studio is in the small town of Crawford in Western Colorado. The studio produces work created with liquid glass and glass powders that reflect the delicate curves of rivers, the shapes and colors of the desert, and the patterns and textures of birch trees. Through a glass blowing process that requires only two sets of hands, each piece is created by heating the liquid to a red-orange glow before sculpting and coating in a powdered glass. Sand blasting is the final step which reveals the gleaming transparent glass beneath the layer of opaque powders.
Jared & Nicole’s journey through glass began 25 years ago when Jared first walked into a job at KDahl Glass Studios. In 1995 Davis was introduced to Swedish glass masters, Jan-Erik Ritzman and Sven Åke Carlsson, who invited him to study with them in Transjö, Sweden for two years. Together, Jared and Nicole packed their bags and with their first son Rylan and a second son, on the way, set off for Sweden. Although Nicole was busy with their two small sons, she made time to work on product designs and her hot shop experience. A glass blowing course at the Kosta Boda Glass School and the occasional invitation to assist at Transjö Hytta were important tools in furthering Nicole’s education which she would eventually use to assist Jared once home in Colorado.
Jared’s skills in the art of glass blowing have allowed for the creation of not only their individual designs but their numerous collaborations.