Sandra Nissen

                   Sandra Nissen               About Sandra

After growing up in many states and two countries as a child of an Air Force colonel, Sandra graduated from The Philadelphia College of Art in Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design and a minor in Ceramics.  From there she began to manage galleries including The Museum Shops of Monticello in Charlottesville, VA and Bennett Galleries in Knoxville, TN while continuing to work and teach in clay.  Since moving to Georgia she has concentrated on her clay work.  For almost 20 years Sandra taught hand building, mosaics,  wheel and Silver Metal Clay at The Spruill Center for the Arts in Dunwoody, Georgia.  Now, mostly retired from teaching, she concentrates on special orders.

Her work has always been influenced by the things of importance in her physical world:  family (love), friends (affection), animals - especially dogs! -(care), cars (Sandra is an instructor with BMW CCA at their high performance driving schools as well as a racer with the BMW CCA Club Race series) and nature (leaves, branches, rocks et cetera).  She uses these as inspirations to illustrate the images and the emotions they stir in her.  She has used hand building, sculpture, functional wheel and  mosaics, all from clay, and silver metal clay techniques, independent of one another as well as combinations.

In 2007 Sandra became the featured artist for the city of Suwanee in Georgia for Art on a Limb, a celebration of the Suwanee Creek Greenway. She created stoneware tiles and plates with leaves picked in the park on her walks.  She made mugs, also with leaf impressions, a couple of years later.  These were placed along the four miles of trails and whoever found them got to keep them, a handmade souvenir of the time spent at the Greenway.  She has received the Best in Ceramics award several times at the Art in the Park show in Suwanee, GA.  Her work can be purchased at The Spruill Gallery or from her studio, by appointment.

Sandra Nissen
Stone’s Throw Studio


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