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Bruce Marks has been a glassmaker since 2001 and completed his Masters' Degree at the University for the Creative Arts at Farnham in 2010.
Birds, an ongoing series, has been hugely successful and its evolution has attracted an avid and enthusiastic public following. Bruce has achieved deceptively simple abstract forms, which allude to bird shapes. He says: I am a long-time admirer of the sculptor Brancusi. I envy his ability to capture the essence of his subject, creating a purity of form with minimal detail, whilst projecting profound presence. Bruce's response has been to strip back his forms, to achieve an exquisite simplicity, retaining a definite bird-like quality.
Born in South Africa, his work is collected nationally and internationally and his pieces are in Public Collections at the Turner Museum of Glass and Broadfield House Glass Museum. Bruce is a member of the Contemporary Glass Society and of Contemporary Applied Arts in London. He has exhibited in major shows including SOFA New York and Chicago, the Miami Art Fair and Collect at the Saatchi Gallery and Collect Somerset House 2020. He is the winner of the Gold Award in the Glass category of Craft & Design Selected National Awards 2014.