Mark is a Glass Artist working out of his studio in Hillsborough, North Carolina. Mark creates kiln formed glass objects inspired by ideas of color and texture. His process involves the melting of glass to temperatures of 1100 – 1500 degrees and then cooling it slowly to relieve stress. Fusing, slumping, fire polishing and cold working are used to finish a piece.
My conception of a glass piece begins with a vague idea of color or texture. As I start putting it together, it takes on a life of its own and can end up being totally different than what I had in mind at the beginning. When I work with glass I am reminded that life, like glass, is fragile. And that something shattered and broken into a million pieces can be recreated into something whole and beautiful again.
Mark spent the majority of his life as a photographer, but in 2005 discovered the art of fused glass. After starting with a small table-top kiln he quickly realized that he was meant to create larger and more complex works. Mark has continued to learn through experimentation, and through local workshops. In 2009 he received an honorable mention and in 2011, a third place award in the Duke Employee Art Show, sponsored by the National Arts Program.
Born Leominster, MA
Currently Hillsborough, NC