Nikolai is the founder of Taffy Tubes in Lewes, DE. in 2009 he received his Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University: Fresno in Sculpture. He then went on to gain a Masters of Art degree in Glass in 2015 from California State University: Fullerton.
“I found my passion for glass at Fresno State University and continued my education at CSU Fullerton, studying with many great teachers and blowing as much glass as possible along the way. While completing my Masters I was urged by a pipemaker friend to go to the Degenerate Flame Off in Eugene. There I was immediately convinced of the potential of furnace-worked Borosilicate, and was blown away by pipe artists in general. Taffy Tubes started as a way for me to learn Boro on a furnace scale while providing quality materials to fellow artists. I am honored to be a part of this industry. Thanks to all who are taking part in the elevation of our craft.”