We are all navigators

We are all navigators—travelers on our journey between waypoints. While it is important for us to live for the journey, I am aware that we mark our lives by moments, experiences, and events. As we travel, we gather what we need, or believe we need, along the way. We collect and accumulate what is important to us, and we decide what is of value and what to believe in. Each traveler is unique. While we all float in the same ocean, we live in our own little worlds. Our geography is encompassing and universal, but at the same time, individual.

As an artist, I return again and again to the same themes; I find, as the Greek philosopher Heraclitus suggested, “You cannot reenter the same river twice, for the river is always changing.” I relish this constant yet infinitely varying source of inspiration. The themes of identity, geography, life cycles, and self-reflection—essentially, the human condition. The sense of identity formed through the journey of life is at the core of my work.

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.


Marc is a full time artist who shares a studio in Cleveland, OH with his wife and fellow glass artist, Kari Russell-Pool. His work can be seen in numerous private and public collections including the Museum of Art and Design in NY, the Corning Museum of Glass, and the Tacoma Glass Museum in WA. Marc was a 2017 recipient of an Ohio Art Council Individual Excellence Award.  Marc holds a BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art- 1991.

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