Paul Desomma and
Marsha Blaker-Desomma

 

About the Artist

Paul Desomma and Marsha Blaker-Desomma
Paul Desomma and Marsha Blaker-Desomma

Paul Desomma

Born 1959 Pittsburgh, PA
Education 1982 Cornell University, B.S.
Selected Exhibitions
and Collections
1998 • Fresno Art Museum, Fresno, CA - California Glass Guild Exhibit
• Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, WA - Heir Apparent; Translating the Secrets of Venetian Glass Port of Seattle, Exhibition of Pilchuck Glass Artists
1995-1996 • Port of Seattle, Exhibition of Pilchuck Glass Artists
• Safeco Corporation, Seattle, WA
• Davis, Wright and Jones, Seattle, WA
• Axelnod Enterprises, San Fransisco, CA
Professional
Experience
1998 • Freelance Glassmaker (Gakken) for numerous glass and non-glass artists, including: Dale Chihuly, William Morris, Flora Mace and Joey Kirkpatrick, Donald Lipski, Nancy Graves Visiting Artist
• Pilchuck Crystal Arts Project, Waterford Crystal, Waterford, Ireland
1990-1995 • Master craftsman in Residence, Pilchuck Glass School
1988 • Third International Glass Symposium, Novy Bon, Czechoslovakia. Extensive study with Masters Pino Signoretto, Lino Tagliapietra and Lonedano Rosin in Italy, France and the United States
 

Marsha Blaker-Desomma

Education 1995-1994
1991-1990
1989
1977
• Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA
1977 • MA in Fine Art, Emphasis on Ceramics and Glass, San Francisco, CA
1974 • BA in Fine Art, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA
Teaching Experience 1978-present • Ceramics Instructor, Cabrillo College, Santa Cruz, CA
1990 • Glass Teaching Assistant, working teaching beginning glassblowing with instructor, M. White. San Jose State University, San Jose, CA
1981 • Glass Technician and Instructor, taught beginning glassblowing and organized glass symposium, SummerVail workshop at Colorado Mountain College, Vail, CO
1978-87 • Head of Ceramics Department, Caņada College, Redwood City, CA
• Ceramics Instructor, Mission College and Caņada College, San Jose and Redwood City, CA
1977-79 • Sculpture Instructor, Indian Valley College, Novato, CA
1977 • Teaching Assistant, Pilchuck School of Glass, Stanwood, WA
1976-77 • Glass Teaching Assistant and Hot Shop Technician, worked with instructor Paul Marioni, maintained studio and equipment, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA
Related Experience 1996 • Member of Installation Crew for Chihuly Over Venice, a project consisting of the installation of 14 of Dale Chihuly1s Chandeliers throughout Venice, Italy
1995 • Artist Assistant for Dale Chihuly, Notjima, Japan. Assisted Dale Chihuly in painting and glass blowing demonstrations.
1994 • Artist Assistant for KiKi Smith and Raimund Kummer, Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA
Exhibitions 2001 • Featured Artist, Vetri International Glass, Seattle, WA
2000 • Pearls of the Sea Glass Exhibition, Carlyn Gallery, Dallas, TX
1997 • Time and Place: Fifty Years of Santa Cruz Studio Ceramics, Museum of Art and History, McPherson Museum, Santa Cruz, CA
1996 • Garden Show, American Craft Museum Gallery, New York, NY
• Celestial Seasonings: A Loose Interpretation, Boulder, CO
• A Tea Party, The Ferrin Gallery, Northampton, MA
• A Gathering of Glass, University Place Art Center, Lincoln, NE
• Something1s Brewing, Farmington Valley Art Center, Avon, CT
1995 • 17th Annual International Pilchuck Exhibition, William Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA
1994 • National Teapot Invitational, The Gallery at Craft Alliance, St. Louis, MO
1993 • Monterey Bay Ceramics, Monterey Museum of Art, Monterey, CA
• Collects, Showing of the Santa Cruz Museum of Art Permanent Collection, McPherson Museum, Santa Cruz, CA
• Hot Tea, Del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1991 • Teapots, Group Show, Ferrin Gallery, Northampton, MA
1990 • One-person Show, 3D Art Gallery, Santa Cruz, CA
1989 • National Ceramic Invitational, Sylvia Ullman American Crafts, Cleveland, OH
1988 • East-West, Group Show, Elaine Potter Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1987 • Hand-made in the U.S.A., Ateliers D1Art, Paris, France
1986 • East-West, Group Show, Elaine Potter Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1985 • Clay-Paper, The Art Museum Annual, Santa Cruz, CA. Purchase Award.
1984 • Glass National, Habitat Galleries, Lathrup Village, MI
1983 • Crafts: A Group Show, Contemporary Artisans, San Francisco, CA
• Group Show, Distant Drums Gallery, Kapalua, Maui, HI
1982 • Designer-Craftsman, Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA. Cash Award
Awards • Scholarship Award, Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA
• Purchase Award, Santa Cruz Art Museum, Santa Cruz, CA
• Purchase Award, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA
• Cash Award, Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA
• Collection Award, Richard Marcus, Neiman-Marcus, Dallas, TX