As a designer and artist, I love working with glass because it is such a versatile material. It's almost magical in it's qualities: translucent and brilliantly colorful; thin and smooth or thick and strong; and it can transmit or reflect light! Choosing the right technique is key to producing stunning results. I use "custom design elements" in my signature work. These design elements can be canes or murrini made in the hot shop, or smaller details made in the flame-working torch. When fused into the piece they "unwind" and their inner structure is revealed. Gold, silver, copper or platinum, and dichroic glass can be brilliant focal points. Screen-printed enamels, etching or sand blasting are also used to provide additional details and texture. Each piece is a combination of these design elements, producing a balanced composition. All these advanced techniques are not common in fused glass, making my work unique. Using 20 years of experience and a wide range of kiln-forming techniques I hope to produce work that will mature into lasting heirlooms and artifacts. Please see selected examples of the elements below.
Mark Ditzler is a Seattle glass artist specializing in decorative kiln fired and fused glass. With degrees in Industrial Design and Ceramic Art, he has been working in glass for over 20 years. Mark is an instructor at several schools, including the Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass, Penland School of Craft, Pittsburgh Glass Center, The Glass Furnace in Istanbul, Turkey, Pratt Fine Art Center, the Tacoma Museum of Glass, and the Frye Art Museum. His studio produces commissions for businesses, hospitals, department stores and private individuals nationwide, and his art glass is featured in galleries across the country. Recent commissions include: The Mayo Clinic, Kaiser Permanente, Planned Parenthood, Goodwill Industries, Audubon Society, Colorado Council on the Arts, Providence Hospital, Evergreen Healthcare, Marshall Field's, Nordstrom, Bon Marche, and international clients.
Mark Ditzler Glass Studio, LLC
5418 S. Angeline St. Seattle, WA 98118