Interview with Artist Mark Richardson
What is your medium and why did you choose it?
I work with fused glass, cast glass and stained glass. I love the colors as well as the science and history of glass making.
How long have you been making art?
I have always felt an urge to be creative.
I started in darkroom photography while in
High School and continued that until the
digital revolution. I also made carvings of
windmills and other Texas scenes.
Where do you get your inspiration?
I am always inspired by southwestern landscape and scenery, particularly ruins and petroglyphs. Otherwise, I gravitate toward color and shape which leads me to a general felling of assymetry and design.
What does your studio look like?
I have both a shop and a studio. My shop is where I have my kilns and do all the "messy" work of cutting, fusing and cold working glass. Separately I have a studio where I design pieces and do reverse glass painting as well as assemble clockworks when I finish pieces.
What is your favorite time of day to make art?
Mornings are best for me! I really enjoy drinking coffee in the shop with the door open to the outside. During the summer this is also the best time to work before
the heat of the day comes to bear.
Do you listento music or have complete silence when you work?
I listen to music. I have a playlist for my studio which ranges from 70's rock to Willie Nelson and Ozzy Osborne.
Describe your creative process.
Most of the time I start off with a general idea of what I want to make and then select colors for a specific pallet. Then, I begin to narrow down the shapes for the piece. Lastly I decide which assembly or fusing techniques
to use. Occasionally after I start cutting the glass I'll wander off in a slightly different direction.
What else would you like people to know about you or your art?
When I make a piece, it is much more than just an activity or willful process. I feel a deep connection to the act of creating something out of the raw materials and bringing it into the world.