A perfectionist in both technique and aesthetic, Mark Peiser uses his extensive knowledge of glass making to push the limits of traditional art glass. Intrigued by the essential movement of hot glass and its tendency to create repetitive linear patterns, his cold stream casting series was conceived.
Peiser received his BS degree from Illinois Institute of Technology. He was the first glass resident craftsman at Penland School of Crafts in the late 1960’s. His work is in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago (IL), the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, (MN), the Birmingham Art Museum (AL), the Corning Museum of Glass (NY), the Hunter Museum of American Art (TN), the Mint Museum of Craft + Design (NC), the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum (DC) and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art (CA).
Mark currently works from his studio in North Carolina.
“For me expanding my vocabulary usually implies a development of technique. Glass is fragile, unforgiving, demanding and costly. But glass has no imagination or hidden agenda. If you are attentive, learn its ways, are understanding in what you ask of it and treat it with care, its spirit emerges.”
2009 N.C. Award Winner for Fine Art -- Mark Peiser