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Professional CV

Mariel Bass



2D and 3D artist with 20+ years experience designing and making glass art, overseeing glass studio equipment operations and facilitating glass art education of all levels. Well versed in both traditional off-hand glassblowing / vessel making techniques as well as contemporary and experimental hot glass sculpting methods. Other areas of expertise include cold and warm glass working processes, metal fabrication, professional gaffing for art and multi-person team glassmaking, site specific/ commission art glass design, fabrication and project management. 


2014 Pilchuck School of Glass, Stanwood, WA, workshop Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, ME, workshop
2011 Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY, workshop
2005 Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA, Bachelor of Fine Arts 3D/Glass 

Professional Experience

2022- Present Instructor at MIT Glass Lab, Cambridge, MA

2021 Gaffer and Technichian AO! Glass, Burlington, VT

2020 Lighting commissions gaffer, Morean Arts Center Hot Shop, St. Petersburg, FL 

2013- Present CEO and MVP of Mariel Bass Glass

2013-2020 Studio & Project Manager at St. Petersburg Glassworks, St. Petersburg, FL -Lead gaffer for artist Duncan McClellan,  created and implemented educational hot glass programming offered to college students and the public through company’s educational non-profit DMG School Project.

2008-2013 Maho Bay Recycled Glass Studio, St. John, USVI -Gaffer and instructor. Performed public glassblowing demonstrations and designed studio products. 

2008 Martha's Vineyard Glassworks, Inc., Martha's Vineyard, MA - glass fabrication and assistance 

2007 AO! Glass Studio, Burlington, VT - glass fabrication and assistance 


Lectures & Workshops 

2023 “Creatures Great and Small” Artist slide lecture presentation, Sandwich Glass Museum, Sandwich, MA

2016 “Hot Glass, Cool Conversations” Artist slide lecture presentation, Museum of Fine Art, St. Petersburg, FL 

2013-2015 “Beginning/ Intermediate Glassblowing” Fall and Spring semesters, Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, FL 



2023 “Creatures Great and Small” Sandwich Glass Museum, 129 Main St., Sandwich, MA

“Paper Town” (illustration collaboration with Origami artists Erik and Martin Demaine) Fitchburg Art Museum, 185 Elm St., Fitchburg, MA 01420

2022 “Fuller Craft Museum 2022 Craft Biennial Exhibition” Fuller Craft Museum, 455 Oak St, Brockton, MA

“Light Up the World” Sandwich Glass Museum, 129 Main St., Sandwich, MA

2021 “In her Voice” Sandwich Glass Museum, 129 Main St., Sandwich, MA

“Glasstastic” Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, 10 Vernon St. Brattleboro, VT

2020 “Cut Blown Cast- A Contemporary Art Glass Exhibit,” Marion County Center for the Arts, Sarasota, FL

5th Invitational Art Festival Beth-El, St. Petersburg, FL 

“Fins, Whales and Octopus Tales- A Group Show Featuring Imagery from the Seas”, Kittrell/Riffkind Art Glass Gallery, Dallas, TX 

2019 Art Palm Beach, Mattson’s Fine Art, Miami, FL 

44th Invitational Art Festival Beth-El, St. Petersburg, FL 

2018 SOFA Expo, Mattson’s Fine Art, Chicago, IL

2017 Exquisite Corpse Parade of Corpses, Chihuly Museum St. Petersburg, FL 

Duncan McClellan Gallery, Team McClellan group show, St. Petersburg, FL 

2016 Florida Craft Art Gallery, Slices of Life group show, St. Petersburg, FL 

2015 Italian Traditions, Chihuly Museum, St. Petersburg, FL 






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