Nicky Salazar – also known as ‘The Ice Lady’ – is the driving force and heart of PSD Ice Art. Nicky over to you!
What do you love the most about the ice sculpting industry?
I love the variety, as we get asked to do all sorts of different things and I’m constantly surprised at the ideas people come up with for their events. It can be anything from the everyday to the completely outrageous and spectacular!
Have you ever been tempted (or had to) join Percy and the ice team in the freezer?
You’re joking! It’s generally -7 degrees in there. Far too cold for me! I’ve never spent time in the freezer other than to have a quick look at something but I’m always popping my head in to ask questions. Very occasionally on a hot day I’ll step in for a minute for a quick cool-down but that’s about it.
Which ice sculpting project have you been most proud of?
Probably the CVP job for the BVE exhibition at Excel. It lasted 3 days and we produced 3 life-size movie cameras, several ice sculptures and Percy was live carving at the event. It attracted huge social media attention and catapulted us into the finals for the Events Awards later that year.
You also have a very interesting and creative pastime and second business. Can you tell us a bit more about this?
I’ve been teaching Salsa on and off for 17 years. It keeps me fit, is great fun and it brings me into contact with all sorts of different people of all ages.
What are you reading at the moment?
At the moment I’m reading ‘Mindset’ by Carol Dweck. It’s fascinating that a certain mindset can affect your whole life.
If you were an ice sculpture what would you be?
Tricky one that. I think I’d like to be something ‘frozen in’ so I can at least be released from the ice when it melts. Not sure I could cope with melting away slowly and then completely disappearing!