Rosetree Glass Studio creates distinctive, artistic work utilizing traditional glassblowing techniques. Classical shapes, iridescent colors and interior designs are combined to provide a unique approach to an ancient art.
The creative force and owner, Mark Rosenbaum, brings to Rosetree an unusually diverse background in glassblowing, glass casting, ceramics and jewelry. The result is an exciting interpretation of the art of glass.
After receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Tyler School of Art, Mark became the first recipient of a Master of Fine Arts in glassblowing from Tulane University. Awarded a grant by the Louisiana Division of the Arts, he established the first privately owned glassblowing studio in the state of Louisiana.
It is through forty years of working with glass that I have gained an understanding of the dialogue that is established between artist and material. A lapse of concentration can ruin a piece, but a controlled flick of the wrist or light breath through the blowpipe can give the piece a subtle curve or movement that makes the piece extraordinary.
It is this controlled spontaneity that makes glass so magical. I know that the weight from the additional glass bits on the side of the piece will stretch the form. But by using centrifugal force and holding the piece at the correct angle and speed, I can create a composition with the glass that allows both the glass and artist some influence on the final piece.
Glassblowing is much akin to a dance; the artist moves with respect and knowledge of the partner. Each has an important contribution to the final piece, but only one will lead – the artist. The dance, when completed, yields an object that was only conceived in one’s imagination or on paper, a tangible work as a result of collaboration between artist and material.