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Behind the Glass: Meet the Artist Mark Peiser

April 10, 2014 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Behind the Glass: Meet the Artist Mark Peiser

Hear a lecture by glass artist Mark Peiser. Free and open to the public.

Mark Peiser is an innovator and an American studio glass pioneer who has never hesitated to explore new directions in glass and glassmaking techniques. Since 1967, he has developed series of works that are vastly different from one another, from his cased and blown Paperweight Vases of the 1970s and early 1980s, depicting trees and domestic interiors in hot-applied cane drawings, to his mysterious and precise cast and cut sculptures of the 1980s inspired by the planets. More recently, he created a special glass formulation for his Palomar series of sculptures that pay 
homage to Corning Glass Works’ famous 200-inch Disk, the telescope mirror cast in 1934 for the Mt. Palomar Observatory in California. Peiser will talk about the experiences, thoughts, and developments that led to his commitment and confidence to undertake the Palomar series and he’ll explore how that series will inform future work. He’ll discuss the thinking and lessons learned 
from previous bodies of work that led to his work on the Palomar series

"Thinking myself a glassmaker in 1976, at Corning I saw the failed first cast of the 200 inch Palomar mirror and was humbled and inspired. At intervals, over the years since, I attempted to devise a body of work to reflect those feelings but never felt up to the task.  Until 2007."

This lecture is part of the Behind the Glass lecture series, which takes place the second Thursday of the month. These events include the Museum’s popular Meet the Artist lectures, as well as talks by curators and other specialists in the fields of glass, art and archaeology.

Members at the Donor level and above are invited to a pre-reception at 5:15 pm.

RSVP for both events to or 607.438.5600 by April 3.

Not able to attend? This lecture will be recorded and will be available for viewing, in full, on our YouTube channel within a week of the event.