Mackenzie started working with glass in the fall of 2017 at when she transferred to the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. Despite primarily working with Photo and Ceramics prior to her exposure, she was instantly drawn to the fast-paced process and mesmerizing material the art form provided.
Having already received her Associates in Arts from Minneapolis Community and Technical College, Mackenzie only spent two short years at UW River Falls. She made the most of it by fully submersing herself into the glass studio and community.
In the summer of 2019, she got a job working at the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, NY where she first started to notice and explore the intersection between material, nature, and the processes that connect the two with the utilization of photography and video.
After coming back from New York to finish her last semester, Mackenzie fully embraced the cross-disciplinary approach to her making style, merging photo and video with her glasswork in a way that would eventually become integral to her process.
During covid, Mackenzie worked as a production glassblower at Bicycle Glass co. in Fridley, MN, eventually working up to becoming Assistant to the Hotshop Manager. Presently, Mackenzie works as a gallery assistant and glass instructor at Foci Minnesota Center for Glass Art, a Minneapolis based non-profit glass studio and is the marketing director for the Minneapolis based glass market OURGlass.
Mackenzie's work has grown now to be strongly influenced by her interest in the physical processes of the surrounding world. Utilizing photography and videography, she works to create immersive installations that explore the intersecting meditative and inviting qualities found in both glassblowing and nature.