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Old 02-25-2020, 07:57 AM
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Well, it was published in 1978 after all. The references I have in Glassnote's IV are mostly useless as well. It came out in '04.

John Nickerson, Nick to many of us was a designer at Blenko for a time but his best work was doing the full body maquettes for Chevrolet on cars. Nick was a participant at John Bingham's shop in Boulder and did some really interesting design work almost all in clear. Financially it was never successful.

The Rockies really became the hotbed of beveling, grinding and polishing in the mid '70's. Between Boulder and Santa Fe, it became a focal point of tooling and compounds for polishing stuff. Bingham and I were travelling the southwest buying up old Lang and Somaca machines at fifty bucks a pop and refurbishing them . James Clark had one of the refurbished shops and I believe it's still for sale today in Boulder. I have two of the horizontal grinders in my shop today. They're just indestructible, never vibrate and feel like a big tool should feel. Nick did all of these drawings for the Hot Glass Information Exchange which is currently in it's fourth printing with some modifications to the cover. The cover art is Nick at his best running a glass bench entirely from a hand held controller. We were big on pneumatics as well.
Bingham, Hnery Summa and I never intended to profit from the papers submitted to the boulder conference but it kept selling out and we kept reprinting. Finally, we bought a flu gas analyzer for the three studios to share and gave printing rights to the Rakow library at the Corning museum along with all of the profits from its sales. The Rakow bought it's first computer with those funds and catalogued the collection, something of which I'm still exceptionally proud. Unfortunately, they turned printing over to Elizabeth Whitehouse who utterly butchered the book, particularly the cover but she just xeroxed the damn thing. It lay unattended for years but Joe Pfieffer of Igneous Glass bought the rights to reprint it and it is out there for sale. It's a collection of papers submitted to us as the cost of admission to the first glass conference totally focused on technical issues. The Schools panned it but of course the schools hated the independent shops which were springing up everywhere in the '70's.

Nick is now in his late seventies living in Ashville NC. He stopped making glass and returned to pottery, a great love of his. Nick divided people in the world into two simple groups. People who can draw and people who can't. A favorite of mine.
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