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Biography: Margaret Neher

Margaret Neher
Margaret Neher

Fascinated by nature’s endless variety of shapes and color, yet frustrated by their ephemeral nature, Margaret Neher turned to glass. “I’m drawn to the challenge of working to capture a complex, ever-changing living thing in an unchanging form.” Neher uses flameworking to translate the fragile delicacy, vibrant colors, and unique details of nature—both flora and fauna—into lasting art objects. She describes her works as representing single moments in her relationships with her subjects.

Neher first started working with stained and etched glass in 1984, making kaleidoscopes for several years. She discovered flameworking in 1991 and hasn’t looked back since. She is best known for her detailed botanicals, sold in shops and galleries around the country. Neher’s work has been featured in numerous publications, as well as on HGTV. She is a nine-time NICHE Award finalist and two-time winner. She makes her home in Ithaca, N.Y.