After studying both ceramics and glass in California in the mid 1960s, he gained early recognition with blown glass. Marquis received a B.A. from the University of California in Berkeley, where he worked with Peter Voulkos, Ron Nagle, Marvin Lipofsky and Jim Melchert. In 1969, he received a Fulbright Scholarship to Murano, Italy and mastered the techniques of Venetian glass blowing and "murrine," the slicing of colored glass. He is known for his signature teapots, quirky and humorous. Marquis participated in the Toledo Glass National in 1966, and the 23rd Scripps Ceramic Invitational in 1967.