Glass artist Marc Kalifa was born in Paris, France in 1951 and migrated to Australia in 1974. He started working with glass designing and making large stained glass windows, wishing that one day I would be able to make my own coloured glass. A visit to several hot glass studios in Europe motivated him in 1985 to build a home studio in Maleny, Queensland.
Marc will tell you that glass is a versatile medium; he has spent the last 30 years experimenting with the endless possibilities offered by blown and cast glass. Marc's blown glassworks are strongly influenced by the Australian environment and its ancient indigenous culture. His sand cast works allow him to use contrasting textures, exposed against the translucence and refracting qualities of glass.
Marc mixes various mediums and techniques, and his work goes from limited edition blown glass pieces to one-off sand-cast sculptural lamps as well as multi-media sculptures including glass, bronze, ceramic or gilded wood components.
Marc has said that, "Making glass for me is an alchemical process, where I need to apply my understanding of the fire and the way it transmutes basic raw opaque materials into a translucent medium. Once this fluid medium is born, the concern with colour begins. In this context, imagery and colour consideration are somewhat more important than the form on which it is applied. More recently, my search for appropriate form has led me back to casting metal methods, as well as experimenting with wood and the combination of these shapes along with colour has stimulated my investigation of multi-medium sculpture."