Mark Bickers


My main sources of inspiration come from working with traditional ‘crafted’ techniques. Cut glass as a decorative technique is deeply rooted in glass making heritage but suffers from being stigmatised as old fashioned and out dated. With the ‘cut pendant’ range I wanted to re-introduce the materials natural fluidity, once the work had been cut. Therefore by combining hand made traditions with modern design principles the work is loaded with historical associations whilst also being able to challenge material pre-conceptions.

1996 – 1999 BA(hons) Ceramics and Glass, Buckinghamshire college
2001 – 2003 MA Ceramics and Glass, Royal College of Art

1998 – Present, Assisting at various glass studios including Simon Moore, Anthony Stern and Barleylands Glassworks
1999 – 2001 Full time assistant to master glassmakers Stewart Hearn and Bob Crooks
2002  Design assistant at Asprey and Garrard
2003 – Present, Part-time visiting lecturer at Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College
2006 – Present, Lecturer at University of Hertfordshire

Commissions & Awards
2001 – 2002 Designed and produced sets of trophies for the Chairman’s Awards for the Lattice group
2003 Winner of the RSA Student Design Awards – Homeware section
2003 Winner of the RSA Wally Ollins opportunity award
2003 Winner of the Worshipful Company of Glass Sellers  student award
2003 Short listed for the Bombay Sapphire Prize 2003
2003 Awarded a place on NESTA’s Graduate Pioneer  Program
2004 Commissioned to design and produce NGTSC award  for Transco
2004 Awarded substantial support from NESTA
2004 Short listed for Worshipful Company of Glass Sellers  professional award
2006 Awarded Development award from the Crafts Council
2007 Grand Design Magazine Award – Talent Spot

Selected Exhibitions
2000  Candid Arts Trust, London
2000  Oxford Gallery, Oxford
2000  Lulu Guinness, London
2001  Art 2002-New London Glass, London
2002  Connections - Espai Vidre, Barcelona
2003  Royal College of Art final show, London
2003  Bombay Sapphire Blue Room, Various Locations
2003  Transfuse – Great Eastern Hotel, London
2003  Urban Interiors, London
2004  Up the tunnel, Tunbridge
2005  Chelsea Crafts Fair, 100% Design, Designers Block
2005  Heals discovers
Publications & Press
1999  The Times, Harpers and Queen, RJ Magazine
2003  Time Out, Elle Decoration, Living Etc
2004  Neues Glass, Guardian
2005  Guardian, Elle Decoration
2006  Elle Decoration, Living Etc, Grand Designs Ma






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