Hello, My name is Christina Nixon Cole, and I torch my art.

I'm a glass, micromosaic and silver jewelry artist. Welcome!

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About Christina

Hi there!

I'm glad you are visiting my blog. If you are a bit curious about me here it is in a nutshell. Perhaps a walnut shell??

I started with arts and crafts in preschool, I loved to paint. I'm married now and we have a beautiful Shiba Inu dog. We love living in San Diego. I'm loving my art studio and going to shows. I love chocolate, peaches, and avocados. I'm trained as a Dental Assistant, but I work in a MD's office. We love going to the beach and Disneyland. I hardly have time to watch movies or TV, too busy living life. I've never done a drug in my life (except that one time, but I didn't know what was in the brownie. And I didn't even feel anything from one bite.) I love tropical flowers. Ive traveled to many places including Europe, Africa, Alaska, and I lived in Mexico. I really want to go to Bali and Rome. Hopefully one day we will start a family, and I want to adopt. Wouldn't the world be a better place if everyone were loved and had a family?

About my glass

I took a 4 hour lampworking class on a Hot Head in a small room at a bead store in Northern California. That was in September of '97. Honestly, the first half was frustrating and I was annoyed that I didn't get it. So I took a break, walked around, looked for inspiration, and when I came back, something clicked. So, for Christmas I asked for a basic set up to get me started. We visited Arrow Springs and I got a nice stash of glass, a torch, and some tools.

Since then, I have taken a class from Loren Stump, and went to Venice in 2001 to take Kim Osibin's class. Kim and I became friends and I started traveling with her to assist in her classes. I taught my very own class at Bead Expo. It was a Micromosaic class. I fell in love with them when I went to Venice and when I got home, I would surf ebay and drool over the wonderful listings of Micromosaics. One night I decided I could make one. So I marched into my studio and put my Silver Smithing skills to work. Two days later, after making the silver bezel, pulling strings of glass, cutting tiles, assembling the mosaic and polishing it flat, I had my first Micromosaic. It was a proud moment.

I draw from many elements that inspire my glass creations. I love nature and the beach. I also love flowers. And being an Art Major, I love to draw from my education in all kinds of art and styles from many cultures. I also find inspiration from other glass artists. I am amazed by their vision and creativity.

I am currently making beads and jewelry and showing at the Spanish Village as well as some other things. I am always accepting new students. And I have faith that my students won't be disappointed as I give them my full attention and cater to their needs and requests. Give me a call or send an email if you would like to give it a try.