Located in Seattle, Mark Ditzler specializes in using "surface design elements" in his work. These are often canes or murrini made in the hot shop, or small twists or threads of colored glass from the flame working torch. Screen-printing, iridizing, precious gold and silver foils, and dichroic glass are also used for accents. The use of these techniques is unique in kiln-formed glass. This signature combination of elements is artfully "fused" in the Ditzler Studio to produce glass of heirloom quality.
Mark has degrees in Fine Art and Industrial Design. Originally a clay artist, he studied glassblowing and neon before discovering kiln formed glass. For over 25 years Mark has also been a visiting instructor, teaching workshops at the Corning Museum of Glass, Penland, Pratt Fine Art Center, Frye Art Museum, Tacoma Museum of Glass, Pittsburgh Glass Center, and the Glass Furnace in Istanbul, Turkey.