Where creativity is nurtured, skills are acquired, and art is made
Since coming to the U.S. in 1976, Moran Nhel earned a Dual Bachelor’s Degree in French and Fine Arts, with an emphasis in sculpture at Cal State University, San Bernardino.
He has instructed in the areas of glass and sculpture at Palomar College and now joins our staff as the Warm Glass Department Manager.
At Cal State San Bernardino I majored in art, starting out in stone sculpture (chisel, hammer, grinder & stone) and bronze sculpture (lost wax technique for casting). Later I ended up specializing in glass sculpture (mainly glass casting). I have added Raku ceramic sculpture to my list of mediums, and also enjoy mixing mediums to get more interesting results.
Recently I have started working with glass again - kiln formed glass. I use different colored glass powders to create a picture on a sheet of glass. Because the glass colors melt or burn-out at certain temperatures, I layer the colors accordingly, then I fire (fuse, slump) my work in an electric kiln. Next, I add more colors of glass powder to the picture, re-fire, and so on. A finished piece of art has been fired in a kiln numerous times in order to achieve the desired color combinations. The layering also adds depth & dimension. It is my hope that my artwork captures the reflective quality of both glass & light, along with the vibrant colors found in nature.
Moran’s work has been in many art shows including La Quinta, Marina Del Rey, The Beverly Hills Art Show, Loveland Sculpture Invitational, Calabasas Fine Arts Festival, Desert Arts Festival, Artistic License, Indian Wells Arts Festival, and the Laguna Art-A-Fair.