Marc Barreda

Glass Artist based in Amsterdam



Photograph by Myscha Oreo

Photograph by Myscha Oreo

Marc Barreda (USA/NL, 1977).

After receiving a bachelor's degree in Biology from Williams College, Marc started a career in the arts, working as a mixed-media sculptor and training as a glassblower. He developed an understanding of glass by working for a variety of artists and by taking and assisting at classes at glass schools around the United States and Europe. This commitment to the medium opened a variety of doors for him, both domestically and abroad. In 2005, Marc made his first trip to Holland to help develop the Vrij Glas Foundation. In 2009, he moved to Amsterdam full time to pursue a master's degree at Sandberg Institute, the graduate program of the Rietveld Academie. His work is shown internationally and is housed in the collections of The Creative Glass Center of America, the Museo Nacional del Vidrio in Spain, the Nationaal Glasmuseum of the Netherlands, and elsewhere. Marc also works with acclaimed artists and designers to help realize their ideas in glass and teaches at the KABK in The Hague. In the summer, Marc is also a commercial salmon fisherman in Alaska.

"My work develops through a reciprocal relationship between scientific concepts and the drama of existence, emphasizing an attention and devotion to fine craftsmanship and phenomenological explorations."




Distorting Beauty


"Distorting Beauty" is a project challenging visual perception...

Exploring Silica Based Microplankton

I was asked to make a series of work in response to the drawings of Ernst Haeckel in his book Kunstformen der Natur published in 1899...



The Zeeglas Machine made for the exhibition NIJVER|heden(2011) at the Zuiderzee Museum in Enkhuizen explores the manufacture of nostalgia through a specific product: Zeeglas....