In 1974 Marty Kaufman traveled from Canada to Europe. There he enrolled in a Parisian stone-carving atelier. This pivotal experience drove him to pursue a broader arts education. He came back to Canada to attend classes at the Alberta College of Art & Design as a sculpture major. Just down the hall from the sculpture studios was the compelling roar of the glass hot shop.
When Marty first saw the blowing process, his imagination was captured. The relationship between the artist and the material was fascinating. This fascination prompted Marty to change his college major to Glass and the adaptability of glass has kept him involved since then.