American artist Mark Peiser (1938– ) studied electrical engineering at Purdue University before earning his BS in design from the Illinois Institute of Technology in 1961. Following an early career in industrial design, he studied piano and composition at DePaul University, beginning in 1965. In 1967, Peiser started studying glass at the Penland School of Craft. He became the school’s first resident craftsman in glass that same year and then settled at Penland, building his home and personal studio near the school. Peiser is one of the founders of the Glass Art Society and is known for his innovative exploration of the properties of glass, including formulating new base glasses and colors for his various series of works.
Mark Peiser talks about working with students to demystify the process of formulating glass.0:54
Mark Peiser talks about his pieces having animism.1:58
Mark Peiser discusses Dudley Giberson’s contributions to studio glass through his equipment developments and inventions.01:32 Transcript
Mark Peiser discusses being a cofounder of the Glass Arts Society (GAS).00:45 Transcript
Mark Peiser relays a story about a piece he made with Dale Brownscombe in a 1979 interview with Paul Hollister.01:42 Transcript