Richard Marquis has had an extraordinary influence on the development of contemporary studio glass in America and around the world. Studying at the University of California at Berkeley during the 1960s, he explored ceramics and was introduced to glassblowing. Unsatisfied by the limited techniques practiced in American studio glass at that time, Marquis went to the island of Murano, near Venice, to observe and work with the masters of a glassblowing tradition acknowledged as the best in the world.
Freely sharing his knowledge of the techniques he learned in Venice, Marquis has demonstrated and taught throughout the United States, Europe, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand. The effect of Venetian glassblowing techniques on American studio glass enabled glass artists to expand their technical vocabularies and, combined with new and experimental approaches, led to the redefinition of glass as an artistic medium.
As an artist, Marquis is admired for his sophisticated understanding of color and form as much as for his humor and willingness to experiment. As a glassblower, he has influenced an entire generation of artists working in glass who aspire to his technical mastery and the originality of his voice.
1972 M.A. University of California, Berkeley
1969 B.A. University of California, Berkeley
"Los Tres Amigos: Marquis, Statom, Zynski", STUDIO, Palm Desert, CA
"The Dorothy Saxe Invitational", Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco, CA
"Living Legacies: Homage to a Maestro", Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA
"Cheers! A MAD Collection of Goblets", Museum of Arts & Design, New York, NY
"Viva Vetro! Glass Alive! Venice and America", Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA
"Ongoing Invention", Robert V. Fullerton Art Museum, CSU, San Bernardino, CA
"One of a Kind: The Studio Craft Movement", Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
"Contrasts: A Glass Primer", Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA
"Implied Messages of Glass - Irony x Satire -", Koganezaki Glass Museum, Nishizu, Japan
"Glass: Material Matters", Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA (catalog)
"Decades in Glass: The 60's", Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY
"Global Art Glass 2005", Borgholm Castle, Borgholm, Sweden (catalog)
"Taking Shape: Pilchuck Glass School in the '70s", Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, WA
"20/20 Twenty Artists/Twenty Years: Kiln-glass from the New Glass Review of the Corning Museum of Glass", Bullseye Connection Gallery, Portland, OR
"Scents of Purpose: Artists Interpret the Spice Box", The Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco, CA (catalog)
"Transformed by Fire: Sculpture in Glass from the Collection of Becky and Jack Benaroya", Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA
"Vetri. Nel mondo. Oggi", Istituto Veneto di Scienze Lettere ed Arti, Venice, Italy
"Standing Room Only: The Scripps 60th Ceramic Annual," Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery, Scripps College, Claremont, CA
"Meister der Moderne", International Trade Fair, Munich, Germany
"Introducing RAM: The Building and Collections," Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI (catalog)
"American Studio Glass: A Survey of the Movement," Wm. S. Fairfield Public Gallery, Sturgeon Bay, WI (catalog)
"The 8th International Shoebox Sculpture Exhibition," University of Hawai'i at Manoa Art Gallery, Honolulu, HI (traveling)
"Fire and Form: The Art of Contemporary Glass," Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FL (catalog)
2002 "UrbanGlass @ 25 - An Anniversary Exhibition," The Corning Gallery at Steuben, New York, NY
"Some Assembly Required," Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA
"Contemporary Directions: Glass from the Maxine and William Block Collection," Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA and Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH (catalog)
Selected Honors and Awards
2009 James Renwick Alliance Masters of the Medium Award, Smithsonian Institute, Washington DC
2006 Lifetime Achievement Award, Art Alliance of Contemporary Glass
2005 Lifetime Achievement Award, Glass Art Society
2004 Libensky Award, Pilchuck Glass School and Artist Series Meritage, Chateau Ste. Michelle, Woodinville, WA
2000 Outstanding Achievement in Glass, Urban Glass, New York
Selected Distinguished Alumnus, College of Environmental Design, U.C. Berkeley
1995 Elected to the College of Fellows of the American Crafts Council, New York
1982, 88 Fulbright-Hayes Grant (Senior), New Zealand
1979, 80, 81, 82 Research Grant, U.C.L.A.
1974, 78, 81, 90 National Endowment for the Arts Grant
1974, 75, 76 Australian Crafts Council Grant
1969 Fulbright Grant, Venice, Italy (Venini & Co.)
1967 President's Fellowship, U.C. Berkeley
1966 Eisner Prize for Design, U.C. Berkeley
1963 National Merit Scholarship
Granulare Elephant and Cup Box Roses, 2015
Blown glass: granulare technique, sheet glass, wood, paint and found object.
10.75 x 14.25 x 6"
Granulare Teapot with Old Crow, 2016
Blown glass, granulare and spun glass techniques, wood, plate glass, found objects, paint
12.5 x 16.25 x 3"
Granulare Teapot with Shark Cone, 2016
Blown glass; granulare and murrine techniques
12 x 7 x 7"
Heart Teapot, 2017
Blown glass, murrine technique
6 x 6 x 5"
Luster Bird with Green and Pink Cylinder, 2016
Blown glass: granulare technique, found object
8.25 x 8.5 x 5.25"
Salt Shaker Trophy, 2015
Blown Glass; ganulare and murrine techniques found objects
15.5 x 8 x 8"
Setter Head Bottle Vehicle, 2016
Glass: hot slab construction, cast glass, wood, brass
7 x 18 x 7"
Silhouette Sample Box 2000
Glass Murrini 7 3/8 x 5 3/4 x 1 1/4"
Teapot Goblet, 2002
Blown glass, zanfirico technique
9.5 x 4 x 3.75"
Teapot Goblet, 2004
Blown glass, zanfirico technique
12 1/2 x 5 x 3"
Wedding Cake, 2016
Glass: hot slab construction, found objects
13.5 x 11 x 11"
Whole Elk Tower with Manikins, 2015
Blown glass, murrine whole elk technique, found objects
17.5 x 19 x 13"