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Leah Nietz

<p>Leah Nietz has been working with glass for 18+ years. She is a mostly self taught artist with the exception of an intro to lampwork class at The Bead Factory in Tacoma, WA, a murini class with Gini Behrendt in Toledo, OH, a few private hot shop lessons with Eli Lipman at Gathered Glass in Toledo, OH and "Goblets" with master glass artist Igor Balbi at The Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, NY. Leah's work can be found in a number of publications including Bead &amp; Button Magazine, The Soda Lime Times and Jewelry Affair Magazine. She was chosen to be the commemorative artist for the ISGB Gathering in April of 2020 where she also premiered her Vessels and Bottles class. Leah draws much of her inspiration for her glass from nature and happy accidents. Friend and fellow artist, Gini Behrendt, once advised her to &ldquo;never waste a good piece of glass.&rdquo; She has carried that advice throughout her career creating flowers from would-be vessels and discovering the grand optical illusions unique to glass. Many of her designs are improvisations on pieces that did not go according to plan. &ldquo;There are no mistakes in art. Only opportunities to change your perspective.&rdquo;</p>