Mark Gibeau is breaking with tradition in his medium to create some of the most exciting glasswork in Western Canada.
Mark Gibeau is capable of making batch glass directly from sand, although he considers that step too energy-inefficient, toxic
and time consuming. Instead, he imports large quantities of clear glass from West Virginia that is softer and permits more working time. The colours themselves come from Germany and are derived from heavy metals such as cobalt, gold, magnesium, and
copper. Since the colours melt at different temperatures, just like the various types of raw glass, great care must be taken to ensure compatible coefficients of expansion.
Strong design, bold colours and high visual impact characterize Mark
Gibeau’s creative signature in hand blown glass. His "Face Series" bowls reflect the people from the prairie surroundings and native cultural environment of his youth.
His pursuit of technical excellence in glass blowing and casting has
demanded innovation in new equipment and techniques that the artist has pioneered. In addition to meeting the growing demand for his elegant pieces, Mark also finds time to conduct workshops and demonstrations in Alberta, Ontario and the prestigious
Pilchuk Glass School in the U.S.
Mark Gibeau has exhibited his work extensively and is represented in galleries throughout Western Canada, United States, Germany and Japan.