Oral history interview with Mark Peiser

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.peiser04
Creators:
Peiser, Mark, 1938-
Halem, Henry
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America
Dates:
2004 February 26
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
68 Pages
Transcript
6 Items
Sound recording: 6 sound files (3 hr., 55 min.)
digital, wav
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
An interview of Mark Peiser conducted 2004 February 26, by Henry Halem, for the Archives of American Art's Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America, in Penland, North Carolina.
Scope and Contents
Peiser speaks of growing up in Chicago; his relationship with his parents; developing an early interest in music and engineering; attending Perdue University and transferring to the Institute of Design, Illinois Institute of Technology; working for a design firm in Chicago; becoming interested in glass after seeing an exhibit at the Art Institute of Chicago; attending a workshop at Penland School of Crafts; becoming Penland's first Artist-in-Residence in glass and developing a technique on his own; working with Fritz Dreisbach to set up the first Glass Art Society conference; making improvements to the Penland glass studio; teaching at Penland; making a living as an artist; making opal glass for the first time; choosing certain imagery and color in his work; experimenting with technique including glass casting; making his Innerspace series; his relationship with collectors; finding challenges with his latest body of work; and the influence of Zen on his art. Peiser also recalls Harvey Littleton, Bill Brown, Billy Bernstein, and others.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Mark Peiser (1938- ) is a glass artist from Penland, North Carolina. Henry Halem (1938- ) is a glass artist from Kent, Ohio.

Administration
Immediate Source of Acquisition
This interview is part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and administrators.

General
General
Originally recorded on 3 sound discs. Reformatted in 2010 as 6 digital wav files. Duration is 3 hr., 55 min.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Decorative arts Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Glass art -- Equipment and supplies Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Glass art -- Study and teaching Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Glass art -- Technique Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Glass artists -- North Carolina -- Interviews Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Brown, William J. (William Joseph), 1923-1992 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Bernstein, William, 1945- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Dreisbach, Fritz Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Littleton, Harvey K. Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Art Institute of Chicago Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Glass Art Society Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Illinois Institute of Technology. Institute of Design -- Students Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Penland School of Crafts -- Faculty Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Penland School of Crafts -- Students Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Purdue University -- Students Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
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