McAlister Merchant was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. He attended community colleges, art academies, universities, and workshops in Chicago and Springfield IL, Los Angeles and Sacramento CA, Scottsdale AZ, and Seattle WA. He has a B.S. degree in Industrial Design from Art Center in Los Angeles where he worked as an award-winning Product Designer for about ten years.
McAlister learned computer programming and wrote articles, software, and documentation for several software products and projects. He came to Seattle to work for Microsoft, until he thought he'd earned enough money to practice art and live!
After taking art classes he'd missed when he was seeking his degree in Product Design, he decided that, since he was here in "glass country", he'd become one of the truly notable artists of our time, in glass, here.
McAlister is now practicing art and working. http://mcalistermerchant.com
Sunday, March 9, 2014