As a youth, I was apprentice goldsmith to my father James Author Schwabe. His principal customer was Cartier, NY. I worked on many of his pieces that became Cartier product.
In college, I studied sculpture with Richard Stankiewicz (1950’s pioneer of steel assemblage sculpture). He taught me to “see” and to compose. He also taught me to weld. For these studies I earned a MA in sculpture (1972) at the State University of NY at Albany.
In 1977 I earned a MFA in sculpture at the State University of NY at New Paltz.
ongoing – Frog Hollow Gallery, Burlington, VT
10/2016 Paradise City Fall Northampton show, “Award-winning fair of fine & functional art” Schwabe works were designated as “Show Stoppers”for the event.
6-7/2016 Summer Group Show – eight sculptures are part of a group show of mostly paintings in the remarkable The Bundy Modern, Waitsfield, VT.
4/2016 “Ignecia: a dystopian morality tale told in sculpture.” An exhibit of 22 sculptures, supported by B&W photographs. The sculptures, as a group, tell a narrative – a tale of the struggle between good and evil in the mythical environment called “Ignecia”. SPACE Gallery, Burlington, VT; this show received special press coverage in Seven Days.
6-9/2012 Steampunkinetics – an exhibit of kinetic steampunk art. The exhibit included 4 of my pieces, AFA gallery New York City
6-9/2012 “Rayguns, Robots & Steampunk” a major exhibit of SteamPunk objects/art. All of the jewelry in this exhibit was mine. The Shelburne Museum, Shelburne, VT
a photo of my EM 3000 Long Gun tac pin – On Body and Soul: Contemporary Armor to Amulets by Suzanne Ramljak, 2014.
The Steampunk Museum – an on-line museum “Exhibiting the Inspirational People, Events & Artifacts of the Steampunk Community.” I am on exhibit, and 4 of my pieces are also on exhibit: www.thesteampunkmuseum.com/2349_Mark_Eliot_Schwabe_Exhibit.html
2008 – present: make & market one of a kind wearable sculpture brooches and short run production jewelry.
2000 – 2008 – made & marketed my own line of tourist friendly costume jewelry
1990 – 2000: Free Lance Model Maker and Sculptor; made “models” (original sculptings) for a number of companies. Notably, this work included making the miniature sculptings of many Star Wars & Star Trek space ships under license from the motion picture companies.
1989 – 1990 Shop Supervisor; Ed Levin Jewelry Inc, Cambridge, NY: supervised and trained the jewelry making staff of a 40 year old manufacturing firm with national distribution.
1985 – 1989 Designer, Goldsmith; Drue Sanders Custom Jewelers, Albany, NY. I designed & created hand made jewelry in precious metals. Work included custom designing and model making for clients and the design and creation of fashion jewelry for the store line. In 1988 I developed “The Albany Collection” concept, a line of jewelry based on the architecture of Albany. This line of limited edition pieces was given regional media coverage and substantially increased store revenues.