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Mark Peiser Named Specialty Glass Resident for 2019

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October 29, 2018

Celebrated craftsman Mark Peiser has been selected for the 2019 Specialty Glass Residency, a collaboration between Corning Incorporated and The Corning Museum of Glass. A pioneer and perfectionist, Peiser has worked with glass for more than 50 years and has produced a body of work that is notably unique from project to project. He follows Karen LaMonte into the residency as the sixth artist to be granted access to Corning’s patented materials, along with the Museum’s collections, staff, and resources. His residency will last throughout 2019. 

“This is a very special opportunity, and I thank Corning, and all those involved that will make it happen. I’m sure it will be a memorable experience,” Peiser said, “Over time, I found Corning to be the best and most complete source for information on glass and have come to rely on them many times.”  

Mark Peiser tried his hand at many things before turning to glass. He was a designer and architectural model maker, a pianist, and a wood worker amongst other things. He even explored how to build harpsichords for a time, before concluding there were just too many parts. But when none of those provided the fulfillment he craved, it was a series of unforeseen coincidences that eventually led him to Penland School of Crafts in 1967, and a career with glass. Now, more than a half century later, his name is synonymous with invention and mastery of material. Peiser is included in collections across the U.S., as well as internationally in Europe, China, and Japan. 

“Mark Peiser is a voracious learner and lifelong student of glass, with an infectious enthusiasm for the subject and genuine inquiry into the possibilities of glass,” said Susie Silbert, curator of modern and contemporary glass at The Corning Museum of Glass. “Reserved by nature, Peiser is at his most animated when speaking about glass. Over the course of his career, he has consulted with various Corning scientists, resulting in rewarding experiences for all parties. With the depth of his interest and inquiry, he is an ideal recipient of the Specialty Glass Residency.” 

Peiser’s inventiveness and methodical use of glass have led to the development of countless new formulas, with each new project demanding a new and creative way of thinking. He values the aspect of collaboration that comes with glassmaking, placing special importance upon the collaboration between a glassmaker’s intent and the opportunities through glass.  

“If you force it into something it doesn’t want to do, you’re in for a world of hurt,” Peiser said. “But, if you learn its disposition, its inclinations, and can come up with a project that shows and exploits both of your interests, glass can be the belle of the ball.”  

SPECIALTY GLASS ARTIST RESIDENCY PROGRAM

Corning Incorporated, which has developed and patented many specialty glass formulations over the past century of research in glass, provides the resident artist access to a variety of glass materials and to staff having technical expertise in glass formulation, melting and forming.

The Corning Museum of Glass provides access to its extensive resources, including its glassmaking facilities, collection, and the Rakow Research Library. The resident artist works closely with the Museum’s glassmakers, research scientist, curators, and other staff to better understand glass and its historical and artistic contexts. LaMonte is the fifth artist to take part in the residency, which is by invitation only, following metal sculptor, Albert Paley (2014-2015), and glass artists Tom Patti (2015), Toots Zynsky (2016), Anna Mlasowsky (2016), and Karen LaMonte (2018).

About The Corning Museum of Glass

The Corning Museum of Glass is the foremost authority on the art, history, science, and design of glass. It is home to the world’s most important collection of glass, including the finest examples of glassmaking spanning 3,500 years. Live glassblowing demonstrations (offered at the Museum and on the road), bring the material to life. Daily Make Your Own Glass experiences at the Museum enable visitors to create work in a state-of-the-art glassmaking studio. The campus in Corning includes a year-round glassmaking school—The Studio—and the Rakow Research Library, with the world’s preeminent collection of materials on the art and history of glass. Located in the heart of the Finger Lakes Wine Country of New York State, the Museum is open daily, year-round. Children and teens, 17 and under, receive free admission.