MARK ABILDGAARD

Ancestor Boat
Ancestor Boat
Kiln cast glass 20"h x 25"w x 6"d
Sapphire Crystal Vessel
Sapphire Crystal Vessel
Kiln cast glass 5"h x 10"w x 7.5"d
Amber Crystal Vessel
Amber Crystal Vessel
Kiln cast glass 7"h x 19"w x 15"d
Small Lavender Crystal Vessel
Small Lavender Crystal Vessel
Kiln cast glass 5" x 7" x 7"
Rhubarb Crystal Vessel
Rhubarb Crystal Vessel
Kiln cast glass 7"h x 18"w x 18"d
Small Indigo Crystal Vessel
Small Indigo Crystal Vessel
Kiln cast glass 7"h x 7"w x 5"d
White Oval Crystal Bowl
White Oval Crystal Bowl
Kiln cast glass 7"h x 21"w x 14"d
Small Amber Crystal Vessel
Small Amber Crystal Vessel
Kiln cast glass 4"h x 9"w x 7"d

“I have found inspiration in looking at the artifacts from many different cultures that are able to convey a sense of mystery about mankind’s existence through time. I use images of totems and boats and figures in my work to explore ideas about the cycle of life and death. I try to create archetypical images which are not culturally specific. In working with these images I am seeking a way to combine ancient forms and my own life experiences. I want my work to maintain a connection to the past and at the same time reflect a sense of the immediacy of the moment when glass, light and color interact.” – Mark Abildgaard

 

Abildgaard has been working as a studio artist since 1986. His process begins by first sculpting his pieces out of pottery clay. Next he pours a plaster mixture around the clay, creating a mold; this process destroys the original clay sculpture, but leaves him with a vehicle able to produce a glass object with more detail than the traditional sand-casting method. He then fires crushed glass in the plaster mold. Using crushed glass allows him to create a depth and translucence in his sculptures. The interior texture of his vessels is created by remnants of glass pieces that are not completely fused together. After the object cools for a week he chips away the plaster mold, exposing his one-of-a-kind creation.