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Luce Foundation Center for American Art

Craft: Glass: 15176 Hand Series
Mark Peiser

Mark Peiser

(born Chicago, IL 1938)

"I don't think I know any more about glass than anyone else, except Ive done thousands of tests."Peiser, quoted in Byrd,"Mark Peiser,"New Work, Spring 1989

Mark Peiser started his career as an industrial designer, but after working briefly in Chicago he left his job to study at Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina. Glassblowing fascinated him, and within a few years he had built his own home and studio on the school grounds. Peiser experimented with a wide variety of effects, adding different materials to the molten glass such as ceramic glaze powders, household products, and even rat poison, which made"beautiful bubbles." Peiser has continued to play with established formulas and techniques throughout his career, creating and combining new and unusual colors in his glass sculptures.

Image Credits: Photography by Paul Jeremias.