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Collection of The American Glass Museum
Millville, NJ

Collection of Kaiser Permanente
Cleveland, OH

Collection of The Quaker Oats Company
Chicago, IL

2012-2013 Featured Artist, Edgewood Orchard Gallery, Fishcreek, WI

2011, Nature’s Glory: Edgewood Orchard Gallery, Fishcreek, WI

2010 Contemporary Glass, Thomas Riley Galleries, Cleveland, OH

2010 Garden of Delights: Solo Exhibition, The Cleveland Botanical Garden Guren Gallery
Cleveland, OH

2010 Ohio Glass, The Mansfield Fine Arts Center, Mansfield, OH

2009 Contemporary Glass Show, Fava Gallery, Oberlin, OH

2005-2006 Contemporary Works in Glass, Walker Gallery, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, England

2005 Christmas Show: Contemporary Crafts 20/20, Much Wenlock, Shropshire, England

2005 Contemporary Glass, The Ironwood Gallery, Ridgefield, CT

2004 SOFA Chicago, Weiss Pollack Gallery, Chicago, IL

2004 180 Degrees: Contemporary Works in Glass, The Glass Gallery, Washington, DC

2003 Contemporary Glass, Coconut Grove Gallery, Coconut Grove, FL

2001 Walker Galleries, Harogate, North Yorkshire, England

1999 New Glass Review 20: The Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, New York

1999-1998 Reflections in Glass: Traveling Exhibition, Ohio Arts Council’s Riffe Gallery, Akron Art Museum
Akron, OH

1998 SOFA Chicago, The Glass Gallery, Chicago, IL

1998 New Forms in Glass: Evansville Museum of Art and Science, Evansville, IN

1997 Glorious Glass: Contemporary Works in Glass, Owensboro Museum of Fine Art
Owensboro, KY

1995 Edifice: Solo Exhibition of Contemporary Glass Sculpture, Marx Gallery, Chicago, IL

1992 The International Exhibition of Glass, Kanazawa, Japan

1990 The May Show, The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH

There are moments in life or experiences that completely change the way you see as an artist and that is certainly the case for me.

This body of work first took root when my wife, Linda, and I moved to England, where we lived, travelled and worked for five years. For the first three years we lived in West Yorkshire, where we rented an old stone cottage located next to a canal lock. Each day we were greeted by the sounds of rushing water making its way through the old locks. I walked the canal path to the studio, enjoying the sights of cows grazing on distant hillsides and watching the kingfishers fly up and down the canal, scooping minnows from the water.

The last two years of our stay we lived on a working sheep farm in a newly converted brick barn. The farm was located on the hillside of the Brown Clee, overlooking the Long Mynd Valley. Here again, I found myself walking to and from the studio with the ever-present sounds of the sheep, whose numbers multiplied twofold each spring. As I walked the hillside, I could almost touch the passing clouds as they moved down the valley, casting their long shadows on the valley floor. In the upper meadows I could hear the lonely call of the curlew, flying meandering circles as it passed over a sea of grass. In late spring, along the wooded paths, I was treated to a beautiful carpet of bluebells.

We have been back in Ohio for some time now, and I still take great pleasure in going out for a walk in my own backyard. I enjoy watching the birds flitting about the bird feeder and a new season of plants pushing their way up to reveal their beauty.

These sights of changing leaves, long shadows on the valley and migrating birds are the things that I now reflect upon as I attempt to capture their unique quiet beauty within my sculptures. I have been working on this series of sculptures for about 6 years and I never tire of this challenge.

Combining steel and glass has been an interest of mine for numerous years. Though my original inspiration came from urban influences, you will now see the progression of my interest move back and forth between flowers and birds, capturing their images in both materials.

All of these images are woven into a tapestry of life, of which I am but an observer. As an artist, I try to breathe a new life into the birds I see and the plants I enjoy. I don’t attempt to mimic God’s creation in a realistic style, but rather to capture the beauty in my own unique expression.

When I see these pieces I reflect back to a time of country life. For the audience of my work, I hope to create moments of joy as they experience each piece.

Enjoy –
Brent Marshall

Brent Marshall
Work Experience

Personal Glass Studio
September 1985 – Present

Design and create one-of-a-kind glass pieces for commissions and galleries.

Glass Instructor
Kent State University

September 2003-December 2004
Introduced entry level students to the studio experience and basic glass forming techniques – In hot glass, demonstrated blowing glass starting with a basic sphere form and showed how to manipulate the glass to create other forms. In fusing glass, instructed students in simple mold-making methods and reviewed glass annealing theory. In cold glass, reviewed grinding and finishing methods to prepare work for exhibition. Additionally, safety was reviewed throughout the course in all process applications.

Glass Instructor
The Cleveland Institute of Art

September 1987-December 1999, Evening Program
Designed a non-major glass curriculum to introduce all levels of the studio experience in glass forming to the participants. Created small projects to promote self expression in the medium and incorporate the basic techniques of forming glass; hot, cold and fusion forming methods.

Visiting Artist/Glass Instructor
The Cleveland Institute of Art

January-May 1990
Instructed glass-majors in developing concepts using glass as a medium of expression. Explored alternative methods in glass forming to enhance the students’ concepts and encouraged them to reach beyond the simple vessel. Reviewed the history of glass throughout the ages and modern works that push the boundaries to inspire creativity. Students were involved in operating, repairing and building studio equipment to prepare them to manage a glass studio.

Education
University of Illinois, MFA Sculpture, 1983-1985
The Cleveland Institute of Art, BFA Glass, 1978-19983

Grant
Lilly Endowment Grant 1990

Fellowship
The Creative Glass Center of America Three-Month Residency, 2001