“It’s like being in the middle of a volcano. In molten states, there’s this primeval Promethean quality to it. The way it moves between liquid states and solid states is a beautiful thing.”
Mark Zirpel is talking about glass, a material he finds endlessly fascinating. That makes sense given that Zirpel heads the glass program in the UW School of Art + Art History + Design — a program he built from the ground up after joining the faculty in 2008 as the Dale Chihuly Endowed Chair of Glass.
It hasn’t been easy.