Department of Art Alumni

Mark Block '83



Mark Block was a graphic designer for nearly 20-years with Union Carbide and was laid off with almost 3,000 others when Carbide was bought out by Dow Chemical in spring 2001. Mark took this opportunity to use his MBA from Sacred Heart University to pursue his glass representation hobby as a business.

Mark lives with his wife, a school social worker in Trumbull, and daughter in Trumbull, CT where he grew up. He is considering pursuing a Ph.D. in art history. His new book, expected to be released in spring-2004 is titled, "The Encyclopedia of Modern Marbles." It reviews in text and illustrations the history of antique handmade German and American machine-made marbles with their contemporary cousins being crafted in today's studio art glass movement. His first book, "Contemporary Marbles and Related Art Glass" has sold over 5,000 copies and is nearing a second printing. This new book will also be a coffee table book with museum quality photos, and is being reviewed by the curators of the Corning Museum of Glass contemporary glass, and American Museum of American Glass, Millville, NJ.

He has done a number of book signings around the country the past couple of years as well as two in London at Waterstone's, the largest book store in London. He has also been featured in articles in the Stamford Advocate, New Haven Register, and have appeared on Martha Stewart Living (a collector of marbles), and two HGTV programs. This in addition to numerous radio interviews and articles written for journals on antiques, glass and collectibles.


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