Marco Fleseri began his career as a jewelry artist when he took a metalsmithing class in 1988. For 18 years he focused on traditional fabrication techniques. He had heard of metal clay and was intrigued, but since firing required the purchase of an expensive kiln, he did not pursue it until 2005 when he learned that it was possible to torch fire silver clay.
Marco starts with an idea that may be inspired by machinery, biology, history, a pattern, language or color. Most of his pieces are hand sculpted, but he has recently been doing more carving as well.
His distinctive style is a perfect match for bronze clay and allows him to make large, sculptural pieces.
Marco teaches occasionally at the Lill Street Art Center in Chicago's Ravenswood neighborhood. (www.lillstreet.com)