“My optics serve as the window into my coloration process – into the soul of a piece – allowing a viewer to peer into its life, like the rings of a tree.”
ABOUT THE ARTIST: Randi Solin
Randi Solin has been devoted to the art of blown glass for over twenty years. Her impeccable technical skills and imaginative coloration style has led to innumerable Best in Show and Best in Class awards and she has pieces in the permanent collections of The White House, The United States Embassies in Algeria and Guinea and several U.S. museums; Randi Solin has been exhibited in museums and gallery shows across the country.
Representing a fusion of the American Studio Art Glass movement and classic Venetian glassblowing, each glass sculpture by Randi Solin requires a viewer to interact with its interior life, to feel its incredible weight and mass, and engage in its optics and coloration. As the artist explains, “My optics serve as the window into my coloration process – into the soul of a piece – allowing a viewer to peer into its life, like the rings of a tree.”
Randi Solin approaches her work two-dimensionally, like a painter to a canvas or a weaver using thread to create an intricate tapestry. “My glass pieces are compositions,” Randi Solin states, “and atypical to glass blowing in general, they have a ‘front.’ Generally my forms have an Asian-influenced simplicity, which allows for my complex and painstaking coloration process to unfold. I build layer upon layer of color using glass in all particle sizes - powder, cane, frit, and rod - like a painter’s palette, to create original homogeneous coloration and truly one-of-a-kind work.
“All of my pieces are intellectually created on that notion: that with each finished work, a history is revealed. My layering and coloration process is all about showing that the piece was made over time. I accentuate each individual layer, which for me is a tremendously important component to my work. My optics, the cut and polish, the juxtaposition of this organic form with this stark hard edge, is unique to my work and a signature of sorts.”
To sum up, Randi Solin states simply, “I’m in love with the act of blowing glass.”