Marlene Rose

"My goal is to create life in whatever I make. In the ordinary, I see the extraordinary. My pieces are excuses to imagine other worlds, prods to a future we have half forgotten. Maybe these pieces are only hardened sand; what you see is what you put there to see."

At an early age, Marlene Rose was a painter, sculptor, and dancer. She found in the process of casting glass a combination of all that she loved. She refers to sandcasting glass as a dangerous dance between heat and light.

Although the process that Rose uses is relatively new, it is based on the ancient tradition of bronze casting. Each piece is hand cast from molten glass into a unique, modern work of art that resonates with references and allusions to other cultures and civilizations.

While attending Tulane University in New Orleans, Rose had the good fortune to study under Gene Koss, one of the founders of the glass movement, which changed the course of her life. After receiving her BFA with honors, Rose went on to earn her MFA at California College of the Arts in Oakland, and continued her studies at Pilchuck Glass School in Washington state.

Five Figure Family
Art Glass Sculpture

$ 24,000
African Mask Wall
Art Glass Wall Sculpture

$ 44,300
Amber Bell in Torii
Art Glass Sculpture

$ 15,700
Celadon Oh
Art Glass Sculpture

$ 14,500
Merlot Map Triptych
Art Glass Sculpture

$ 25,000
Selected Exhibitions & Awards
Habatat Annual International Glass Invitational, Royal Oak, MI, Habatat Galleries, 2011
Primal Inspirations, Contemporary Artifacts, Muskegon, MI, Muskegon Museum of Art, 2011
In a New Light, St. Petersburg, FL, Florida International Museum, 2009
GEN-X: Post-Boomers and the New South, Mobile, AL, Mobile Museum of Art, 2008
Flux: Reflections on Contemporary Glass, Santa Fe, NM, New Mexico Museum of Art, 2008
Marlene Rose, Museum of Contemporary Art, Yerevan, Armenia, 2009
The Coversation, Seven Bridges, Greenwich, CT, 2011
Entrance, Postcardmania Headquarters, Clearwater, FL , 2009
Square Horse, Mandarin Hotel, Hong Kong, 2008