As a kid, growing up in the Nineties, Marc Fresina loved watching Nickelodeon cartoons like Rugrats and Rocko’s Modern Life. Now that he’s grown up, he’s into alternative animated series like Superjail, Metalocalypse, and Rick and Morty.
It’s from these influences that he sculpts glass, bringing two-dimensional characters into the three-dimensional world.
“My first teacher was Don Thompson, who worked for Disney back in the 80s and a lot of his artwork was sculptural. So, when I started out it was all birds and flowers, and just mimicking anything in life,” says Marc, who started blowing glass in 2009. “I just took that into pop culture. I keep with cartoons and whatever makes me laugh and go with the pipe style trends that everybody is gravitating to — being a sculptural artist you can adapt to anything.”
“Some people might think that it’s cheating artistically to make a face that everyone recognizes instead of an original wig wag pattern or something like that,” Marc says. “I’m trying to do the original artists justice by doing it as closely as I can. People know the characters so well that if you have one small thing off, like a nose or an eyeball, they’re going to call it out. The personal spin comes from the style of rig, the color choices and the ability to make it into something completely new and different.”
Marc Fresina – Marysville, Washington