About the Artist
Mark Ditzler creates his unique glass art, glass wall sculptures, and glass light fixture using the fused glass method. First, hot glass is scooped from a furnace, rolled into a flat sheet and cooled. A sheet is then selected for color and texture and cut according to the final design. The glass is then arranged in a kiln and fired to more than 1500°, melting and fusing it into one seamless piece. After cooling, the piece may be fired again, perhaps over a mold to "slump" the glass into a final shape.
This glass fusing method is the oldest and most unusual glass-forming technique, first used by the Egyptians and Romans over 4,000 years ago. It is now a re-emerging art form, centered in the Pacific N.W. Mark Ditzler's glass art in Seattle is truly a unique form of glass art in WA.