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Biography: Marc Barreda

Marc Barreda

Having earned a bachelor’s degree in biology, Marc Barreda 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, both taking and assisting with classes at glass schools around the United States and Europe. "My work challenges visual perceptions and ideals, emphasizing an attention and devotion to fine craftsmanship,” he says.

This commitment to the medium opened a variety of doors for Barreda. In 2005, he 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. Barreda also works with acclaimed artists and designers to help realize their ideas in glass, and teaches at the KABK in The Hague. His work is exhibited internationally and is included in the collections of The Creative Glass Center of America, the Museo Nacional del Vidrio in Spain, the Nationaal Glasmuseum of the Netherlands, and The Corning Museum of Glass.

In April 2019, Barreda was a David Whitehouse Research Resident Artist. During his residency, he studied trick glasses through exhaustive cataloging, finding relevant context to better understand these glasses.