Creating unique stained, etched and kiln fired art glass projects for the Seattle Bellevue area since 1976.

About Us

History

Mark Olson's extensive education and experience drives the creativity and fabrication of all Unique Art Glass pieces.

Mark started working with glass in 1976, going on to work as a research and development product designer for a large stained glass manufacturer for 10 years. Mark attended the prestigious Pilchuck Glass School, studying under Master Glass Artists Dale Chihuly and Ludwig Shaffrafh and was later recruited as a designer for a Seattle area stained glass studio designing and producing commissions for many local area residents.

Mark creates his designs with careful attention to architecture, interior design, and function, often collaborating with architects, designers, and other craftsmen. He strongly believes in the quality of his craft and the honesty of its construction.

In 1989 Mark created Unique Art Glass and continues to produce works for many Northwest homes, churches, and businesses. Mark's work has been published in trade magazines, brochures and most recently the Greater Puget Sound area magazine Pacific.

Process

  1. We begin with an initial consultation to determine the scope of the project and the client's goals & expectations. At this initial consultation via phone, e-mail, or in person we also define a preliminary estimate of cost and time.
  2. A meeting on site or in our studio to review initial designs. If necessary, we can also work long-distance, via telephone and internet. A commitment from the client is given to proceed with drawings.
  3. Mark will develope one or two design concepts to be presented with glass samples and a written quote. Changes are finalized and a 50% deposit is required to proceed.
  4. Fabrication begins. We strive to stay on schedule and we will communicate any delays immediately. 
  5. Once the fabrication is complete we will either install, deliver, or ship the project. The balance owing will be collected at the completion of the project.
     
    Note: Unique Art Glass is licensed and bonded.

Publications

Home & Architectural Trends February 2009, volume 2501, Inspired by Nature
 
American Institute of Architects (AIA) Forum Magazine, 2009, Sliding etched glass room divider. REI loft Portland, Oregon
 
National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) Kitchen and Bath Magazine, 2008, Tree of Life stained glass bath room window. (Award winning bath room) Tacoma, Washington
 
Timber Homes Magazine, 2007, (standing timber stained glass doors) Olympia, Washington
 
The Herald Homes & Garden March 2005, The Art of the Glass
 
Old House Interiors March 2004, Stained Glass: Under Glass
 
Better Homes & Garden Sept/Oct 2002, Freshened Up Farm House
 
Seattle Times/PI Real Estate A Kitchen goes Back to the Future
 
The Catholic Northwest Progress December 19, 2002, St Michaels Church, Snohomish, Washington
 
Northwest Living February 2002, Good Bones
 
The Herald October 2001
 
Remodel Seattle Spring 2001
 
Pacific Northwest Magazine February 2001, Bear Creek Retreat
 
Pacific Northwest Magazine May 21, 2000, Cascades Outlook
 
Pacific Northwest Magazine June 4, 2000, A Writer's Reality
 
Pacific Northwest Magazine October 24, 1999, An Inspired Gamble
 
Professional Stained Glass September 1986, Third Award Lamps/Objects SUNDAY BEST

2006: Scheduled/Cascadia Educational Center/Peter McGrain, Bingen, Washington
 
2005: Incorporating Technology into Arts & Crafts Interiors/Jane Powell, Seattle, Washington
 
2004: Fundamental Traditional Glass Painting & Vitri-Fusaille/Peter McGrain, Everett, Washington
 
1998: The Craftsman Weekend Lectures/Pasadena, California
 
1993: Art Glass Suppliers Association/Orlando, Florida
 
1992: European Stained Glass Design/Paul Thompson, Goddard & Gibbs Studio, London, England
 
1990: Glass Craft Expo/Las Vegas, Nevada
 
1988: Glass Painting, Pratt School of Fine Arts/Walter Lieberman & Cathleen Thompson, Seattle, Washington
 
1986: Advanced Fusing/Ruth Brockman & Richard LaLonde, Seattle, Washington
 
1985: Beginning Fusing/Ruth Brockman & Richard LaLonde, Seattle, Washington
 
1984: PortCon 1984 International Conference on Glass Art, Architectural Glass/Narcissus Quagliata & Susan Stinsmuehlen/Seattle, Washington
 
1982: Glass Art Society Conference/Seattle, Washington
 
1981: Bellevue Community College, Bellevue, Washington
 
1979: Pilchuck Glass School Architectural Glass/Ludwig Schaffrath & Dale Chihuly, Stanwood, Washington
 
1977: Redmond High School Graduate, Redmond, Washington
 
EXHIBITIONS/HONORS
 
2006: Street of Dreams, Dodd Ranch, Sammamish, Washington
 
2005: Best of Show/Street of Dreams, Nolan Woods, Woodinville, Washington
 
1999: Best of Show/Street of Dreams, Estates at Treemount, Redmond, Washington
 
1993: Best Entry-Journal American/Street of Dreams, Echo  Falls, Snohomish Washington
 
1989: Northwest Discovery Gallery/Bellevue, Washington
 
1988: Raindrops Gallery/Mill Creek, Washington
 
1987: Ian Green Gallery/Seattle, Washington
 
1986: The Best Stained Glass 1986 International Competition, Third Place/ New York, New York
 
1983: Spectrum Glass Art Show First Place/Woodinville, Washington
 
1982: Peter Kirk Gallery/Kirkland, Washington

Education & Experience

2006: Scheduled/Cascadia Educational Center/Peter McGrain, Bingen, Washington

2005: Incorporating Technology into Arts & Crafts Interiors/Jane Powell, Seattle, Washington

2004: Fundamental Traditional Glass Painting & Vitri-Fusaille/Peter McGrain, Everett, Washington

1998: The Craftsman Weekend Lectures/Pasadena, California

1993: Art Glass Suppliers Association/Orlando, Florida

1992: European Stained Glass Design/Paul Thompson, Goddard & Gibbs Studio, London, England

1990: Glass Craft Expo/Las Vegas, Nevada

1988: Glass Painting, Pratt School of Fine Arts/Walter Lieberman & Cathleen Thompson, Seattle, Washington

1986: Advanced Fusing/Ruth Brockman & Richard LaLonde, Seattle, Washington

1985: Beginning Fusing/Ruth Brockman & Richard LaLonde, Seattle, Washington

1984: PortCon 1984 International Conference on Glass Art, Architectural Glass/Narcissus Quagliata & Susan Stinsmuehlen/Seattle, Washington

1982: Glass Art Society Conference/Seattle, Washington

1981: Bellevue Community College, Bellevue, Washington

1979: Pilchuck Glass School Architectural Glass/Ludwig Schaffrath & Dale Chihuly, Stanwood, Washington

1977: Redmond High School Graduate, Redmond, Washington
 
EXHIBITIONS/HONORS

2006: Street of Dreams, Dodd Ranch, Sammamish, Washington

2005: Best of Show/Street of Dreams, Nolan Woods, Woodinville, Washington

1999: Best of Show/Street of Dreams, Estates at Treemount, Redmond, Washington

1993: Best Entry-Journal American/Street of Dreams, Echo  Falls, Snohomish Washington

1989: Northwest Discovery Gallery/Bellevue, Washington

1988: Raindrops Gallery/Mill Creek, Washington

1987: Ian Green Gallery/Seattle, Washington

1986: The Best Stained Glass 1986 International Competition, Third Place/ New York, New York

1983: Spectrum Glass Art Show First Place/Woodinville, Washington

1982: Peter Kirk Gallery/Kirkland, Washington

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

1989 to Present: Unique Art Glass/Owner, Designer & Fabricator

1985 to 1989: Sundance Art Glass/Designer & Fabricator

1977 to 1985: Spectrum Glass/Research & Development Technician

1978 to 1980: Homestead Stained Glass/Leaded Glass Panel Fabricator

INSTALLATIONS & RESTORATIONS

Our Lady-Fatima Catholic Church, Moses Lake, Washington

Skyline Presbyterian, Tacoma, Washington (in process)

St. Josephs Medical Center, Tacoma, Washington

Dearborn House, Seattle, Washington

The Highlands Chapel, Seattle, Washington

Eastside Evangelical, Kirkland, Washington

Lake Forest Park Presbyterian, Lake Forest Park, Washington

Inglewood Presbyterian, Bothell, Washington

St. Michaels Catholic Church, Snohomish, Washington

Grace Lutheran Church, Seattle, Washington

St. Pauls Lutheran Church, Chewelah, Washington

Smith Tower, Seattle, Washington