Mark Abildgaard


Mark Abildgaard

Woodland, CA, USA

ABOUT

I received a B.A. degree in Art from San Francisco State University in 1979 and a M.F.A. degree from the University of Hawaii in 1984. After graduating from the University of Hawaii I worked in Japan at the Tokyo Glass Art Institute for 9 months as a visiting artist. This was where I was introduced to the technique of kiln casting glass using plaster based molds. After I returned to the United States I was was awarded a five month residency at the Creative Glass Center of America in Millville New Jersey in 1985. My residency at the CGCA became a turning point in my career when I began a series of sand cast totems and boats. Since 1986 I have worked in my Northern California studio creating kiln cast glass sculptures. My work is included in the permanenet collections of the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, NY, the Richmond Museum of Art In Richmond, VA, the Crocker Museum of Art in Sacramento, CA, The Oakland Museum in Oakland, CA, The Triton Museum in Santa Clara, CA and the Fresno Museum of Art in Fresno, CA as well as numerous private collections. Recently I have started working on a new series of cast glass sculptures which are made using lost wax casting techniques. In this series I have been able to create pieces that incorporate layers of complex imagery and texture that I had not been able to achieve before. This new technique has also inspired me to look for opportunities to teach workshops to people who are interested in learning about glass casting. I want to share the knowledge I have acquired through years of experience in the studio as a way to give back to the glass art community.

ARTIST TYPE

  • glassblower
  • accept commissions
  • architectural/public
  • kilnforming

CONNECT

634 Elm Street
Woodland, CA 95695
http://www.markabildgaard.com