Since Marianne began exploring the creative possibilities of glass in 1998, she has studied fusing and design techniques at Bullseye Glass studio in Portland, Public Glass in San Francisco, and Monterey Peninsula College. Her work has been exhibited in Monterey and Carmel juried shows and galleries, and her jewelry and wall art have received 1st Place awards at the Monterey County Fair. Marianne’s glasswork is in collections throughout the United States and Europe.
Her “Elements” series of jewelry and table art is inspired by the colors and attributes of the 5 Elements as described in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. The qualities of each Element -- the stability of Earth, adaptability of Water, transformation of Fire, expansion of Air and emptiness of Space -- are consciously considered in designing each piece. Marianne’s intention in this series is to reflect or evoke these qualities in the composition, color, and play of light in the glass. “When a piece is completed, it is held for a moment with the wish that it evoke the same gratitude, joy and sense of elemental balance that were present in its creation.”em>
Marianne incorporates Native American traditions in her petroglyph and kachina-inspired pieces. These are intended to inspire remembrance of spirit guides and teachers.
For the “Enso” series, glass particles, along with a medium of glass powder and gel, are used to “paint” this symbol of the void in which creation arises. Layers of glass and color indicate the levels of awareness through which perspective evolves.
Her most recent series is “Creative Space -- Glasswork Inspired by Images from the Hubble Space Telescope.” The phenomena of light and gas in the formation of stars and collision of galaxies emerge in the translucence and color clarity of glass. Dimension and depth are achieved by building layers of glass particles and powders through multiple kiln firings. Each piece represents a specific Hubble image and is paired with a quote to invite contemplation of an expanded perspective. “Bringing together and balancing disparate parts to form a cohesive whole is a source of joy in the studio, in relationships, and in life. Facilitating emergence and transformation is the energy of the creative process. I am deeply grateful to have this opportunity everyday as an artist, as a meditation practitioner/teacher, and as a psychotherapist.”