Biography: Mark Matthews
Mark Matthews has become internationally recognized for his mastery of the glass sphere. He began handling molten glass for aesthetic purposes in 1974 while studying with Henry Halem at Kent State University. The sphere, with its minimal physicality, has become the one factor unifying Matthews’ investigations of color systems and radically diverse explorations in historical glass techniques. Mining 5,000 years of glass history as a rich source of inspiration, he creates everything from traditional swirls and lutzes to realistic interpretations of animal pelts. Each piece is meticulously worked and signed by the artist. Highly collected and valued, Matthews’ work has been published in many books and is held in museums such as the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, England; The Corning Museum of Glass; the Toledo Museum of Art in Ohio; and the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.