At the beginning of 2005, she retired from her "40" full time job and continued to work with glass.
Glass fusing is essentially "melting" of glasses together. Complete fusing occurs around 1450 degrees. Glass needs to be brought up to this temperature in stages, and cooled in the same manner. Rapid introductions to hot or cold temperatures makes glass susceptible to breakage or cracking. All the glass pieces start out as flat sheets of glass.
They are cut into desired shapes and sizes. In addition, accessory glasses are also used in the fusing process. Nancy works mainly with transparent and iridescent glasses, and tends towards Asian influenced pieces because she likes the simplicity and clean lines.
After the fusing process, pieces are often fired again to a lower temperature in what is called the slumping process. This is the firing in which the pieces take on the shapes of bowls, plates or platters.