Mark Douglass is a well-known and respected glass artist and all-round creative entrepreneur, with a reputation for collaboration and a diverse practice spanning art glass, commercial lighting, bespoke commissions and retail.
Anchored around the medium of glass for more than 20 years, Douglass is adept at navigating the vagaries of Australian creative practice.
Building upon his foundation in glass art, he has gradually diversified and broadened the commercial focus of his studio, finding a resilient business model through a broad array of outputs. With this diversity comes the capacity to manage in-house product development and the manufacture of standardised products that sit alongside one-offs and commissions.
His commercial ‘Design Range’ of lighting — represented here by Cleo, Orb, Custom optical orb, Modernist and Ivy — are created at his studio with heating, blowing, shaping and cooling glass. This robust yet elegant commercial lighting merges the ancient art of glass blowing with an inherent understanding of interiority and commercial relevance. The works embrace the materiality of glass in vibrant block colours and uncomplicated forms. Douglass follows his instincts and allows the properties of his chosen material to come to the foreground.