After graduating from MCAD, Marlo Cronquist traveled from one coast to another doing independent design work. But along the way, the trained furniture designer took up an interest in another medium she had learned about in college: glass.
Cronquist decided to enroll in glass blowing classes at FOCI Minnesota Center for Glass Arts in Northeast Minneapolis. She then went on to study at New York's Corning Museum of Glass with Bill Gudenrath, John Miller, and Maestro Davide Salvadore. Today, the student has become the teacher—she now teaches and produces her work at FOCI. She is also the owner of Marlo Cronquist Studios and Green Machine Gallery of Northeast Minneapolis.
Cronquist's work was recently on view at Pilchuck Glass School in Seattle, Washington, and she has been a featured artist at the Walker Art Center. Her glass pieces can be found in galleries, both local and national, and in private collections around the world.
"While at MCAD, I felt compelled to take advantage of the broad curriculum by attending as many classes outside of my major as possible. I explored sculpture, printmaking, papermaking, photography, and glass. I knew the more well-rounded my education was, the more successful I would be."