The Glass Weavers
MARKOW & NORRIS RAISE THE MELTING
BY ARWEN O’REILLY GRIFFITH
POINT WITH THEIR GROUNDBREAKING
With formidable technical skill and a keen
eye for color, Eric Markow and Thom Norris
wovenglass.com) have spent the past five years
doing the impossible: they’ve developed a technique to literally weave glass.
The Falls Church, Va., artists create both fantastical
and abstract works that revel in the rich, luminous
properties of glass. From the enormous Peace Crane
to smaller, more intimate tabletop works that invite
you to peer into them, Markow and Norris prove that
you don’t need a loom — or even fiber — to weave.
Arwen O'Reilly Griffith: What are your backgrounds? How did you get involved with glass?
Eric Markow: B.S. in chemical engineering.
Thom Norris: B.S. in biology. We met in early 1994,
and Eric had started taking a class in stained glass
at a local community center. I started working
with Eric on small projects and slowly they turned
into larger projects and commissioned works
around the Washington, D.C., area. We created very
abstract, organically inspired stained glass windows
for the next decade.