Mr. Marquis has been working with glass since before the Beatles broke up. He studied at the University of California at Berkeley, where he received his B.A. and M.A. As a student in 1969, he traveled to Murano, where he was one of the first American studio glass artists to work in the Venini factory. He is represented in many public collections worldwide, and he has received numerous grants and awards, including three Fulbright Fellowships and four grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. He has traveled extensively, and he has conducted workshops around the world.
While he is versed in Italian techniques, Mr. Marquis does not follow any particular rules or styles. He used to teach at various places (including U.C.L.A., where he was head of the glass department), but he has become reclusive nowadays and he keeps his public appearances to a minimum. For the past 30+ years, he has lived and worked on Whidbey Island in Washington State. He doesn’t return phone calls or answer letters, and he does not need an apprentice.