Marie now lives and maintains her studio in northern California.
"When I started planning for retirement I decided I needed to try a few new hobbies to ensure I would keep busy. After 30+ years as a professional in technology, I needed a change of pace. I had often thought of learning the art of stained glass and chose that to be my first class. That was five years ago and I have never wanted to try anything else. My love of glass borders on obsession. The hundreds of variations in texture and color fascinate me.
"As my fellow glass artists know, once you have given every member of your family, (including distant third cousins), a gift of your work and you have every available space in your home covered; you need to think about selling your art. It is the only way I can justify continually buying new glass.
"I joined the Yaquina Art Center a month after moving to Oregon in 2006 and have enjoyed the camaraderie of the group in addition to the opportunity to show and sell my work. I participate in local craft shows and sometimes do the Newport Farmer's market. My work can also be seen at the Green Gables Café and Halcyon in Nye Beach, and Ocean Beaches Glass in Seal Rock."
This section is intended as more a history of the work this artist has displayed over time at Ocean Beaches Glassblowing & Gallery, and not a catalog of what's currently available. As such, it is useful more as a means of seeing the evolution of an artists' work, rather than a representation of what the artist is currently creating. Techniques, colors used, and even form of color are elements that are likely to change over time. Also, some pieces will be unique combinations of color and movement that artist may not be able to reproduce.
The gallery at Ocean Beaches Glassblowing & Gallery includes work from nearly 50 different artists, all from the Pacific Northwest, almost all from Oregon, and most from Oregon's central coast. Whereas Bob creates his work exclusively within our studio, the other artists have their own studios in which they create their work. Though our gallery basically just purchases their work to sell, we like to promote them in any way we can - which includes showcasing them on our website. Their appearance here is in no way meant to imply that they work for Bob or for Ocean Beaches Glassblowing.
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