14 Dec Mark Thiele Glass
The inspiration for Mark’s glass comes from his love of nature, using elements such as line, pattern and rhythm, which come from the beauty of the Australian landscape, particularly the richness of the outback. It is very rare that we describe a stream or tree as ugly; Mark sees himself as an environmental artist as he chooses to highlight the importance of the land through the work he produces.
Mark has extensively explored various ways of working the glass surface through carving, engraving and sandblasting. He loves the alchemy of glass blowing, which uses elements of fire, earth, water, and one’s very breath to give life to each creation.
Mark has exhibited worldwide and spent three months in New York promoting his work to some of the most prestigious glass galleries in the world. His pieces have been widely collected by the art gallery of South Australia, the National Art Glass Collection in Wagga Wagga and various overseas galleries and collections, including by Elton John, Ian Thorpe and Diana Laidlaw. He is noted as one of Australia’s leading glass artists.