Nielsen, Alisa

  • Motherhood - Western Painted Turtles
    Motherhood - Western Painted Turtles
    Alisa Nielsen uses copper inlays to create her design detail which she created in the traditional Ksan (her tribe) formwork but has then skeletonized the design to control the copper movement in the glass creation. The colourway is created using several colours of powdered glass which are sifted and have gone through a fusing process prior. This turtle design is based on a request from a client to design him a turtle platter. My inital reaction was that I had never seen a Ksan turtle design and it might be because there aren\'t turtles on the Skeena River in BC. But - after some research, I discovered that the Western Painted Turtle is a fresh water turtle that is on the extinct list in this region. After some reflection, I created my turtle design. Since, I\'ve been told but other Aboriginal peoples in the East that turtles are sacred and represent the Turtle Island and that further, I somehow created my design with the correct number of design elements! Funny how things work out... approximately 12x16 inch - Glacier Water Colourway
  • Butterfly Clamshell Platter by Alisa Nielsen, Spirit Wolf Design
    Butterfly Clamshell Platter by Alisa Nielsen, Spirit Wolf Design
    My designs are generally based on travel (physical or mental) and experiences. My Nisga’a Butterfly for instance, seemed to be the only one of its nature and colour and it followed me through the Nisga’a lands for two days. I thought it odd as I was mostly driving. Every time I tried to take its picture, it would somehow take flight and move quicker than I! I discussed this with my bed and breakfast hosts and they told me – he’s speaking to you – you need to design him. And then, after visiting the falls, the butterfly was flying about again and I told it, well then, stop so I can take your picture! And it did… landed right at my feet on the pavement and waited! And so I designed my butterfly. 15 x 15 x 3 inches
  • Spirit Bird Bark Plate by Alisa Nielsen, Spirit Wolf Design
    Spirit Bird Bark Plate by Alisa Nielsen, Spirit Wolf Design
    The creation of fused glass is a labour of love and a bit like designing and implementing your own puzzle. First the overall design of the piece and colour is thought out so that it fits the design detail. Alisa Nielsen uses copper inlays to create her design detail (which has been skeletonized). The background colour is created using several colours of powdered glass which is sifted throughout. This particular design is based on numerous visits this bird pays me. I believe it to be a spirit bird that comes to me whenever I am in a quandary or making a major decision. He is insistent that he is heard; he follows me around the house, either going window to window as I move inside or follows me outside in the garden. He speaks to me non-stop until I acknowledge him and will not go away until I have achieved a decision that seems to be in the direction that he approves of! I have since identified his species (although oddly enough, he has appeared to me in areas that are outside his natural habitat) - I believe he is a Stellars Jay. 9 x 6 1/2 x 1/4 inches
  • Ode to Bentbox - Clamshell Platter by Alisa Nielsen, Spirit Wolf Design
    Ode to Bentbox - Clamshell Platter by Alisa Nielsen, Spirit Wolf Design
    The creation of fused glass is a labour of love and a bit like designing and implementing your own puzzle. First the overall design of the piece and colour is thought out so that it fits the design detail. Alisa Nielsen uses copper inlays to create her design detail (which has been skeletonized). The background colour is created using several colours of powdered glass which is sifted throughout. This particular design represents my spirit world and my circle of life - the wolf (my clan) being visited by various birds (spirits) at different times in my life to bring me messages and direct my path or decisions. 15 x 15 x 3 inches
  • Salmon Run Ceremonial Drum by Alisa Nielsen, Spirit Wolf Design
    Salmon Run Ceremonial Drum by Alisa Nielsen, Spirit Wolf Design
    Alisa Nielsen uses copper inlays to create her design detail which she created in the traditional Ksan (her tribe) formwork but has then skeletonized the design to control the copper movement in the glass creation. The colourway is created using several colours of powdered glass which are sifted and have gone through a fusing process prior. This eagle design is based on my visit to the Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands) in BC. Although there are numerous bald and golden eagles there, this particular eagle seemed to follow me around the Island! He would fly alongside my vehicle while I drove and if I stopped, he would perch himself in a tree or the shore very near me. Each time I would go to take his picture, he would either take off (too fast to get him in flight) or turn around or lift his wing (he even mooned me once). After a few days of this behavior and as I had to leave, I had nearly given up and had the camera put away. Then he showed again and soared directly over my head, doing circles. So I took out my camera and he circled enough to let me take a picture of him in flight! Hence the design was born! The overall design is based on a worn drum skin whose design might have been created for a traditional salmon run opening ceremony. approximately 16 inch diameter - Hyde Colourway