Today we’d like to introduce you to Randi Solin.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
Growing up I wanted to be a senator. I wanted to impact people’s lives and affect a positive change in society. Then I visited a glassblowing studio and saw the “liquid light” as a cute boy was pouring glass into a mold in the dark. The power I felt from this experience made me realize I could impact people through art. I can take people on a visual journey I have created and allow them to experience life through different lenses. I applied to Alfred University as a photography student with no formal art training or experience. I didn’t even know if photography was considered an art or the official “language” of art. I was accepted based on my background as an entrepreneur and citizenship having been the youngest person to ever create and manage a 5K road race for St. Jude’s Hospital. Once accepted, I not only found an inner peace in creating works of art but also, the passion and drive to teach and share the scientific wonders of glassblowing with others. For over 30 years, I have felt honored and privilege to be able to live out my life’s purpose.
My career highlights are twofold. First, I have been honored to have been selected to have my pieces added to the permanent collections of the White House, the Beijing World Trade Center and several embassies. Secondly, I have fulfilled a lifelong dream to open my own gallery, Fire Arts Vermont, attached to my studio. My studio is always open so I can meet the public and teach them the art of glassblowing through demonstrations and tours. I am also proud to represent the work of so many other talented artists of contemporary crafts.
Incorporating both Venetian and American Art Glass techniques, my pieces are often hand-sculpted or shaped with fruitwood tools. My coloration always involves a complex multi-layering process using glass in all particle sizes (powder, cane, frit, rod, and shards), as well as sterling silver foil, to create a one-of-a-kind coloration that is unique to my work. My optics serve as the window into my coloration process into the “soul” of a piece like the rings of a tree.
Please tell us about your art.
Creating to me is knowing that my pieces will touch people and invite them to go on a journey to an undiscovered place. I want them to get lost in the coloration, design, optical depth and layers of visual texture I have created. Watching them brings satisfaction to my soul.
We often hear from artists that being an artist can be lonely. Any advice for those looking to connect with other artists?
Social media has provided a unique platform to connect, share ideas and meet artists with similar interests. Reaching out to artists whose work you admire is a great way to stay connected. Attending gallery exhibitions and joining any local groups or societies is also recommended.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
My work is represented by many galleries across the United States. For a list of galleries, please visit my website at www.solinglass.com/galleries.html.
People can bring my work into your homes. There is nothing that brings me more joy than to hear stories of how my work has enhanced a person’s environment.
- Address: 485 West River Road, Brattleboro VT 05301
- Website: www.solinglass.com
- Phone: (802) 251-0989
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/solinglass/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SolinglassStudio
- Other: https://www.linkedin.com/in/randisolinglass/