I am interested in collaborative work.
My work began some 28 years ago in the spirit of self-determination. At an early age I was purposeful to be passionate about the work I did in the world. Inspired by the rebelliousness of punk rock’s will to power and Gandhi’s advice to be the change you want to see in the world, I ventured to create beauty. As an artist today I strive to reveal the value in the work of Art. To make visible the inner struggle of the mind to create an idea, and the body to construct a form and ". . . to live life in radical amazement… “
Malcom Potek has been working in glass since 1991. Primary expertise in kiln-forming, cold- work and torch-work.
University of Minnesota, 1986 – 1993
Intern/mentorship Andy Shea Glass blowing studio –1993 – 1995 University of Wisconsin River Falls, Studio Glass – 1996
John C. Campbell Folk School 1993
Loren Stump Studio Workshop 1995
Pigeon Lake summer glass program 1996
Penland School of Craft: Walter Leiberman 1994
The Studio at the Corning Museum of Glass; Higuchi masters class 2002
Janek Franichek Foci 2011
Ritz Theater, Minneapolis MN, Lighting and Marquee Panels
Dunham and Associates, Minneapolis MN Glass Panels
Northwest Mutual Insurance Company, Milwaukee WI
Osceola Medical Center
Numerous Private residential commissions
Loveland Museum, Loveland CO, Contemporary Beads and Beadwork 1995 1995 Glass Arts Society Conference Spirit Square; Charlotte, NC, Group show Facere; Seattle, WA, ISGB Group Show 1996
Frank Stone Gallery, Minneapolis, MN, Group show 2000
Art Resources, St. Paul, MN, Group show 2002
Katie Gingrass Gallery, Milwaukee WI Group Show 2007 Art Resources “Tiny Gallery Nord Hus” 2018
Workshops held at private studios, 1994 – present.
The Studio at the Corning Museum of Glass, 1998
Rochester Community and Technical College summer workshop 2002 Minnetonka Center for the Arts, Minnetonka MN 2004
Bead and Button Conference, Milwaukee WI 2004 – 2009
Glass Craft Expo, Las Vegas NV 2009
Education Program Director; Youth Farm and Market Project; Minneapolis MN 1997 – 2000. East Side Neighborhood Services, Youth Garden Program, Garden Scarecrow 2001 Minnesota Crafts Council – Board member 2002 - 2005
Bottineau Neighborhood Association- Board member 2003 – 2004
North East Arts District Hatch committee member 2017-2020
Glass Artist in residence programs
Arts for Academic Achievement: Residency 2007–08 school year: Waite Park Elementary School Notheast Middle School Service learning Project 2009 – 2010
Prairie Creek Community School Elementary 2009 – 2010
Blake School Hopkins Campus Elementary Hopkins, MN 2010
Blake School Highcroft Campus, elementary Wayzata MN 2010 Angel Foundation Teen Outreach Program, Minneapolis MN 2011 Jenny Lind Elementary, Minneapolis MN 2011 -2015 Kalaidescope Charter School, Otsego MN. 2013-2014
Partnership Resources Inc. Minneapolis, St. Louis Park, and Senior care Facility 2016-2017 Edison High School 2017
Malcom Potek lives with his wife and fellow artist Kara van Wyk and two children in Northeast Minneapolis, MN.
Potekglass offers a wide range of education and Artist in Residence opportunities including field trips, site visits, and multi-month collaborations.
With 15+ years of experience developing educational residencies, we have a love of teaching that gets everyone involved excited for the problem solving needed to pull off these public art projects.