Tell us about yourself!
My name is Mark Abildgaard and I have been making kiln cast glass sculpture in Northern California since 1986. I began blowing glass as an art student studying ceramics at San Francisco State University in the late 70's.
What draws you to the material you work with, and why have you chosen the processes that you use in your work?
The way glass interacts with light is what attracted me to the material. I have chosen kiln casting as a process because I am able to create images in glass that are sculpted in clay or wax originally.
What themes do you pursue in your work?
I am interested in creating work that evokes a sense of spirituality.
What is your dream project?
I would like to have financial support to realize a large-scale casting beyond what I have the ability to do in my own studio at a facility that could technically execute the project.
If you weren't working in this field, what career would you choose?
I have always liked science and thought about entomology or geology as possible directions.
Why are you a member of GAS?
Because I appreciate being part of a community of artists from different backgrounds and with different interests who all work with the same material.
To learn more about Mark, or to see more of his work, go to his GAS MEMBER PROFILE PAGE