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My work is a unique blend and balance of glasswork and pottery inspired and informed by my Gitxsan and Carrier heritage. I use copper inlays to create my design detail which I have created in the traditional form-work and then skeletonized the design to control the copper movement in the glass creation. Each of my glass “colourways” are created using several colours and layers of powdered glass which are sifted and have gone through a fusing process prior.
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, her roots are in Kispiox, a Gitxsan Carrier Tribe originating in the Hazelton, BC area. She is from the Wolf House (Wilp Lax Gibuu).
Traditional items of trade that represented wealth and prosperity were items containing copper and abalone. In a modernistic approach to incorporating these elements in her artwork, Alisa is working with copper inlays in her glass works and Raku glazes in her pottery pieces.
Many of the design inspirations Alisa has come from natural habitats – rock formation, creature designs, even the media utilized. Although mechanically manipulated, the materials are of the raw earth.
Currently residing in Summerland, BC, she enjoys sharing traditional ‘Ksan imagery while playing with form and function.