Blue Ridge Mountain Bottle
John Nygren (10/08/1940- ) was born in Big Springs, Nebraska. Glass had always been an interest to Nygren. As a child, he collected old bottles and Mason jars, a collection he still has today. He had his first experience with glass as a ceramics student in college. He elected to explore glass as a medium for his senior project in 1963. Nygren built a makeshift studio, and ultimately retained nothing from his experiment except a lasting fascination with glass. He moved to North Carolina to teach after receiving his Masters of Fine Arts. He started working with glass in 1968, while teaching pottery. He built a furnace at the school where he blew glass at night. After touring various glass sites in New York and Ohio, Nygren returned to North Carolina to live in Walnut Cove. He eventually left clay completely for glass. Nygren's art reflects his love of nature; his central themes are animals and landscapes. He is a master of color, and often draws pictures directly onto the body of glass. His works in glass were featured in the 1992 Winter Show held by the Green Hill Center for North Carolina Art, Greensboro. Nygren has exhibited his work at the Mint Museum of Art (NC), the Corning Museum of Glass (NY), the Detroit Institute of Arts (MI), the Toledo Museum of Art (OH), and the Museum of Contemporary Crafts (NY). His glass is part of the permanent collections of the Chrysler Museum (VA), the Corning Museum of Glass (NY), the North Carolina National Bank, and the Smithsonian Institution.