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Mark Tickle

On Reflection

Ashville, NC

My creative energy is well and truly fed with the design process. In designing my kaleidoscopes I slump and fuse glass, I use Italian flameworking techniques, I roll out clay and fire the molds, upon which I slump the glass.

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I have been designing kaleidoscopes since the late 1900s. I have developed an aesthetic value in my work that conveys a sense of continuity shared between the kaleidoscopes, teleidoscopes, optical illusions and sculptures. I have received many awards for my work, and am honoured to be represented in museums and collections around the world.

Since moving from my native England in August 2000, I have been living in beautiful Asheville North Carolina. I spend my waking hours designing and making kaleidoscopes in my home studio.

I design glass kaleidoscopes that are sculpturally appealing on the outside, and spatially revealing on the inside. Sculptures within sculptures. Combining art with science I strive to achieve three dimensional interior images in my kaleidoscopes that defy the space that they occupy. Using geometric principles, and the aesthetic values of geometry, my work conveys a harmonic balance of shape, colour and form. A strong thread of continuity is carried through from the outside to the interior image.

My creative energy is well and truly fed with the design process. In designing my kaleidoscopes I slump and fuse glass, I use Italian flameworking techniques, I roll out clay and fire the molds, upon which I slump the glass. I make my paint from mica powders, which I then use to reverse paint on the glass.

I absorb my inspiration from the natural complexity of our surroundings.

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