Touch of Glass
For these youthful, innovative artists, it’s all about chemistry. In life, love and art. Eric Markow and Thom Norris each grew up in very different circumstances, coasts apart, but a passion for art and science caused a powerful reaction between the pair when their paths converged, two decades ago, in Washington DC. Today, Markow & Norris have risen to prominence as an elite team in the world of glass art. Their alluring and confounding woven glass sculptures must be touched to be believed.
Eric, Creator of Cool Things
Born in Richmond, Virginia, Eric Markow describes himself as "a very creative kid." His art education began at the impressionable age of 9 when his father took him to the public library, where patrons could check out paintings and framed pictures just like books. "I loved choosing what I liked," he recalls. "My father also bought me a box of pastels and I taught myself how to draw. When I was a little older, I remember falling in love with glass, when I was first bathed in the brilliant coloured light from a massive cathedral window in our church. I learned it was called ‘stained glass’ and I knew I wanted to make windows like that." As a teenager, Eric was intrigued when his Aunt Carolyn took up stained glass as a hobby and began making small panels and windows, but it wasn’t until after college and his own exploration into the genre that he became enamoured with the process. Creating stained glass requires much patience, a trait which Eric developed while earning a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Virginia Tech. The reason for this career path? Eric explains, "Honestly, it was the idea of making cool things. It also involved