Marlene Rose is an internationally-known award-winning sculptor who produces stunningly beautiful works of art in her chosen medium, sand-cast glass.
Seen in museums and galleries across the US and Europe, her works are sought by glass connoisseurs, fine art collectors and Hollywood A-list celebrities.
Each piece is hand cast from molten glass into a unique modern work of art that resonates with references and allusions to ancient cultures and civilizations.
While the process Rose uses is relatively new, having been developed in the mid-80s, it is based on the thousands year old tradition of bronze casting.
Rose pours liquid molten glass into carefully prepared sand molds, then cools it for six days or more in a specially controlled oven before cracking open the mold to see what is revealed.
There is a rawness and immediacy to working the sand of the mold, and the thrill and the danger of pouring this magical lava, thousands of degrees hot.
There is the patient gestation of the work in the cooling oven.
Then at last there is the joy of meeting the product of sand, glass, fire and thought, as the piece is finally bought out into the light.
Marlene Rose quite simply breathes life and beauty to whatever she makes.