Nick Leonoff began apprenticing for renowned stained glass artist Alan Masaoka while he attended Monterey Peninsula College where he pursued a business degree After completing his Bachelors’ degree, Alan Masoka taught him how to blow a glass bubble, and Nick was hooked on learning more about blowing glass. He eventually studied Italian Cane and Murrini Patterning techniques at the Pittsburg Glass Center in Pennsylvania under Kait Rhoads. Nick also attended the acclaimed Pilchuck Glass School in Washington to study coldworking by Greg Dietrich. Nick continued his education and was awarded scholarships to attend the Corning Museum of Glass in New York as well as Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle, Maine. He eventually returned to The Studio at Corning to study under Davide Salvadore, a Murano Maestro, to refine his understanding of the muranese glass blowing techniques. Nick returned to Corning in 2010 to expand his portfolio by studying hot sculpting techniques taught by Martin Janecky.
Nick states, “I create blown glass using Swedish overlay techniques to create layers of colored glass in the walls and on the surface of the glass forms. After the pieces have been annealed and have cooled to room temperature, I carve the walls of the pieces with diamond wheels to remove layers of glass and expose colors within the piece.”