Marian has been doing glass lampwork since 1981, studying at the famed Pilchick School with Ginny Ruffner and Bandhu Dunham. She did lampworking for gift stores in California, developing a line of signature figures. In Hawai‘i, she owned and operated retail kiosks specializing in Hawai‘i glass on O‘ahu, Maui, and in Hilo on the Big Island. She has taken workshops with Michael Mortara and goblet blowing with Brian Kerkliviet. Marian’s work appeared in a 2002 issue of Glass Art magazine.
She lives in Kurtistown where she is able to use her whole house as a studio now that her three children are grown.
The patterns for the kilncasts Marian uses were taken directly from pahoehoe lava. First she arranges pieces of specialized stained glass over the refractory pattern. They are heated to over 1450° for 30 hours or more until they are fused and liquid. After slow cooling, the new cast is heated a second time into a bowl form.
Marian says, “I relish the excitement of planning and then discovering what happens in each individual piece as it is created.”
Although Fieldson pieces are durable enough for table use, treat them as you would any piece of fine glass. All materials are safe. Do not microwave.