Prior to their current life as full time artists, Mark and his wife worked for the same company in the aeronautics industry. Mark was a precision grinder, a skill that turned out to be extremely helpful for creating fused glass artwork.
While employed in corporate jobs, the two of them enjoyed collecting and creating glass objects in their spare time. After 5 years juggling full time day jobs and traveling to shows, they decided to concentrate fully on glass work and art shows.
Leaving a huge brood of children and grandchildren behind in Michigan, the Slavens participate in Sugarloaf Crafts Festivals and other shows along the East Coast all the way down to their second home in Florida.
They create glass pendants and bracelets featuring luminous pieces of dichroic glass.