For over three decades Marc has honed his skills as a glass, metal, and wood worker. He has the heart of an artist but the soul of a craftsman. Marc earned a BFA with a major in glass and minor in metals from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1991. There he met his wife, and fellow glass artist Kari Russell-Pool. The pair went on to share a studio, two children and a host of beloved dogs. They currently reside in the Cleveland area after trading the Connecticut coast for the shores of Lake Erie. Marc’s love of the natural world is evident of much of his work, but the common thread is identity. How identity is often influenced by geography, experience, and the things that find us while we are out searching. Marc likes to say

 

"Glass is magical- but not magic. Until it is infused with an idea, a source, or an expression, my job as an artist is not complete."

As innovative as he is skilled, Marc has built most of the specialized glass equipment used to make his work. He is currently undertaking the restoration of a 1957 Chris Craft Runabout—restoring what he can and rebuilding what he must. Recognized both nationally and internationally as an influencer in his field, his work can be seen in numerous public and private collections such as the Corning Museum of Glass and the Museum of Art and Design in NY, and the Tacoma Museum of Glass in WA. Marc was named a recipient of the Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award for the years 2017 and 2021.

        

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