Nicholas Dertien, a native of Austin, graduated from the University of Texas with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2004. Following graduation he continued working full-time as a demonstrating glass blower in Wimberley, TX, after an apprenticeship that started in college. In 2006, he entered the Glass Department at Rhode Island School of Design and earned his Masters of Fine Arts in 2009. Following graduation, he moved back to Austin with his wife, Dana, and set up a private studio in East Austin. Nicholas has participated in both small and large scale exhibitions in Providence, RI, Seattle, WA, Austin, TX, Castiglion Fiorentino, Italy and through a collaboration with Brian Crumley the New York Fall Fashion Week. Over the last decade Dertien’s major studio theme has investigated breaking through a body’s/vessel’s external surface primarily through the use of human scale sculptures and installations. This investigation has included but not limited to the sensations of breathing and asthma. He draws inspiration from many past and current artists in particular Gordon Matta-Clark and Cai Guo-Qiang.
Nicholas teaches Ceramics and Kiln Glass at Concordia University Texas and Design Foundations at Austin Community College. In 2015, Dertien launched Visual Ministry Consulting following a call to work with ministries in creating visually vibrant worship experiences. Nicholas is an active member of his church, Board Chair for a local non-profit preschool and a member of the Dell Children’s Trust. He enjoys being outdoors, especially with his wife and sons.