Marc Bellaire was born in 1925 in Toledo, Ohio. He studied at the Toledo Museum of Art while employed at the Libby Glass Company. Bellaire moved to California in the early 1950s and opened a studio in Culver City. Bellaire produced high-quality ceramics, often decorated with ultramodern figures and geometric patterns. His most famous line was Mardi Gras, featuring slim dancers in spattered and striped colors. Other popular lines were Jamaica, Balinese, Beachcomber, Friendly Island, Hawaiian, Bird Isle and Kashmir. Marc Bellaire was quite prolific during the 1950s and was named one of the top ten artware designers by
Giftware Magazine. Bellaire relocated to Marin County in the 1970s and later moved to Palm Springs where he opened his final studio and gallery. He died in 1994. Early in his career, Bellaire worked at Sascha Brastoff's factory and was his protege. The two are often associated together, although Bellaire's work is unique and distinctive.