Nicholas Kekic, Glassblower of Tsuga Studios

Nick Kekic

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The beginning of Tsuga Studios

Nick Kekic and his wife, Tamasin, built Tsuga Studios in 2000 on land that had been in Tamasin’s family for generations. Tsuga Canadensis is the scientific name for the Eastern Hemlock tree, and they harvested many on their site, which they milled and used for the lumber in their new building.  Tamasin, who has studied Wildlife Biology, suggested the name for this new place to live and work. Years later it is all that, as well as the space where they market and promote their work and explore and develop new techniques and design ideas.

some of nick’s beautiful work:

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nick was lucky enough to be born into a glass-making family.  his grandfather worked for forty-two years as an industrial glassworker at General Electric in Cleveland, Ohio. His experience and technical knowledge helped nick’s father, Thomas Kekic, help build the first glass studio and program for R.I.T. in Rochester, NY.

it was at nineteen that nick fully realized his legacy while attending a beginning glassblowing class at Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina, where his father had been some twenty years earlier. for nick, penland came to be a place for discovering his own creative resources. It was there that he developed a new relationship with glass, one where he began to rediscover the value of finely crafted hand-made things, not only as useful and beautiful objects but valuable for the satisfaction one gets in making them.  in nick’s words:  “these objects are not only important as expressions of who we are but there’s great importance in experiencing the creative process that brings them to life. spending time making things that are either beautiful or useful, encourages us to reach into some of what makes us most human.”

some of the light fixtures nick creates:

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nick finds glass a fascinating, compelling and challenging material with which to work. as a material for expression, its only limitations are those that have not been solved.  he believes there is a way to do it in glass–one need just find the way.  glass working techniques have evolved for thousands of years and he has benefited from those early traditions, borrowing many of those old world techniques to help realize his own processes.

obviously nick is capable of some amazing glass techniques and incomparable beauty in his work:

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nick designs his work to be decorative with clean, strong lines in form and color.  he finds glass most beautiful when worked in such a way that somehow captures and eventually expresses its fluidity as a material while maximizing its unique relationship with color and light.  most of nick’s work is functional as he generally feels most satisfied making things that are both beautiful and useful.

beauty and functionality captured:

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i first met nick at the craft show in weston, vermont which is almost always held on columbus day weekend in the weston playhouse.  he will be there again this year, so if you want to see some amazing glass, try to make the show.

here are some details about finding nick:

Tsuga Studios
678 Goldthwaite Road
Chester, Vermont 05143

phone:  802-875-1825
web site:

artful home:

the village green gallery, weston, vt

my, now traditional, mantra regarding supporting your local artists.  if you plan to be near chester, or realize you need or want a “present”, why not contact nick and see what he is up to!  you will be rewarded with an heirloom of incomparable skill and beauty.  believe in the power and beauty of the handmade.  trust that by paying more for something made here, that you have spent your money well and wisely.  all of us stand behind our work, unconditionally.

buying local supports a simple, humble family right here in vermont or in your local area.  it removes all the middlemen and puts the money right back into the local economy, keeping your local area stronger by so doing.  it gives us all human dignity to earn a reasonable living with our hard work.

parting thoughts (would you not want to have a meal with these?):

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