Mark Ditzler Glass Studio LLC
About The Artist
Mark Ditzler •
Glass • WHOLESALE AVAILABLE • CUSTOM COMMISSIONS
I’m a glass artist working in Seattle. I make fused glass wall panels, sculpture, sinks and lighting. My studio produces residential and corporate commissions, public art, and work for galleries. Trained in ceramics and industrial design, I found glass and became hooked over 25 years ago. I have always been a “maker”, and in my art journey I’ve learned many techniques along the way. I now try to use many of these techniques to enhance my glass. These may include silk screening or sandblasting, glassblowing or flame-working, dichroic or iridized glass, gold leaf or lusters. My signature design feature is using twisted canes that I make in the hot shop. Many of the firing methods I use come from experience in the ceramic studio. Using these techniques to make my special “design elements” adds detail that is unique, not found in other studios. I hope the viewer will appreciate these details, which will provide years of value and lasting enjoyment.
Q&A with the Artist
Tell us how your work is made.
My glass work is made by kiln-forming. This includes fused glass, slumped glass, and mold-melted glass. The technique of melting the glass together in a kiln allows for careful design and planning of the piece, and by varying the temperature allows a wide variety of results. As a former potter, I find these to be similar to many clay techniques which translate into my glass. After carefully assembling the glass, it is fired to 1,500 degrees when it becomes one seamless piece. A second firing may be used to shape the glass before mounting or finishing. If it is mold-melted, a model for the glass is made from clay or wax, and then covered with plaster. The plaster mold is filled with glass and fired until the glass melts to fill the cavity. After careful annealing, the glass is removed and finished, or used as part of another glass sculpture.