About Fiala Design Works
“The ultimate challenge is to transform a plain clear piece of glass into a work of art that reflects my inspired vision”. --Nancy Fiala
Born and raised in the Seattle area, Nancy’s love of art spans her entire life and includes time spent formally studying art at the University of Puget Sound and the University of Washington. Over the years, she has experimented in many forms of artistic expression including print making, ceramics, weaving, photography, and multi-media work.
After trying so many mediums, Nancy discovered that glass painting held a special fascination for her, and she has since focused her creative energies there. She has found that the glassware itself provides a unique depth and reflective quality to her work not attainable on paper or canvas, and she is continually inspired by the fusion of vibrant colors that mix and mingle on the glass.
For Nancy, half the fun of her chosen technique is the element of surprise. Because she paints in reverse on the back of the glass, she never knows quite what any piece will look like until it dries and she can turn it over to reveal the vibrant patterns. In addition to creating stylish and colorful art, the fact that each piece is functional adds to joy and fulfillment she derives from her unique craft.
Nancy currently resides with her husband, two teenage sons, and adopted cat Spot in Bellevue, Washington. Her work can be found at a variety of galleries in Washington - Seattle, Edmonds, Bothell, Bellingham, Gig Harbor, Kirkland, Bellevue - and also in Eagle River, Alaska and Ogunquit, Maine.