Neither Eric Markow nor Thom Norris grew up dreaming of becoming a glass artist, nor sought a degree in the arts. But a chance meeting in 1994 ignited a creative collaboration that is producing amazing results. The technique they now use--weaving colorful glass strips in a process similar to that of a fabric maker--is the result of years of artistic evolution.
Seeking a creative balance to his "very technical chemical engineering job," Markow enrolled in a stained glass class in 1993. When he met Norris, an employee at a major airline, a year later, Markow shared with him everything he had learned. "I was absorbed by his passion for it," Norris says.
Both say that the biggest challenge of their work is calculating kiln time. Handweaving the glass results in multiple layers and thicknesses that must be heated and cooled very precisely, a process that can be perfected only through trial and error. "The challenges of building can be tedious, but when the piece comes out of the kiln...better than you imagined, that's simply exhilarating," says Norris.
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|Markow & Norris were honored with the National Capital Art Glass Guild award for Excellence in Glass for their piece "Confetti," a woven glass table sculpture with an innovative design of interlacing colors and striking technical dexterity. In the juror's words: "Color adds such vitality to our lives. Add to that the juxtaposition of patterns, textures and materials and we have excitement."||
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