Mark Douglass

August 12, 2013
Mark Douglass

Mark Douglass has more than twenty six years’ experience as a master glassmaker, artist and designer.

He is the owner/Director and glass artist at his Richmond based studio Mark Douglass Design, where he has been based for the past two years.

Consisting of three knowledgeable staff, a typical day for Mark and his team at the studio is a mix of business management, customer orders, project management and leading showroom clients through his artwork, signature collection and design range.

Mark draws satisfaction from his profession through designing and creating new works in the studio, and getting to meet the clients who buy them. He has reached a high level of success which has seen him exhibit his work regularly and is represented by leading Australian galleries; Gould Galleries, Greenhill Galleries and Osage Art Consultancy, Hong Kong.

Inspiration is a key part in Marks’ success, and when he’s not designing his own products he likes to draw inspiration from other creative types, whether they are a local artist, global artist or designers, a wide exposure to different ideas and designs has seen the unique items be produced in his studio. Dale Chihuly and Martin Blank, two American glass makers, are Marks biggest inspirations. Their creative and innovative glass work is highly regarded and it’s not hard to see why Mark is inspired by them.

With an extensive range of glass works produced by Mark, it is hard for him to choose a favourite product. However, the ‘Pebble’ series, organic in form and river stone in shape, this design clustered together in varied sizes creates a really interesting family and is a standout in the gallery. Manipulating and bending the glass about in the blowing process for this design is also very fun to play with and is why this design is one of Marks favourites.

Of the entire product range in the Mark Douglass Design studio, The ‘Orb’ series is definitely a standout winner with the customer. They are clean spherical lit forms available in 10 bright and nude colours, and 4 sizes and make for a striking pendant. They are favoured for their classic and modest design (reminiscent of the 70’s) that whether hung alone or in a group have a very beautiful and unifying result.

Outside of his work life, Mark Douglass has taken his passion for design and applied it to renovating his own property. He recently completed renovations on his own home this year – a 1941 Frederick Romberg modernist house. Mark has also nearly finished a large property that has had a lot of customised items. He designed and manufactured the building’s façade- fabricated laser cut core -10 panels with cast crystal illuminated inserts, as well as designing and fabricating security gates, privacy screens & custom light fixtures.

When it comes to visiting Mark's studio in Richmond, he has some advice for helping to pick the best product that will suit your internal design. “Always choose a light based on the style”, and how that style will fit your home or space.

The team at Mark Douglass design looks forward to helping you find the light to match your style and design choice.

Click here to browse the beautiful items Mark creates.