Artist Statement

About Me

Working with glass was quite an unexpected discovery on my artist journey. The variety of pure color with its shades and hues, its visual textures, and ultimately its transformation in the kiln drew me in and I fell in love with its translucent properties. I continue to explore translucency and all the ways glass interacts with light. Glass talks to me in ways I could not have imagined. I see landscape, sky and sea, and have even peered into the cosmos. I'm increasingly interested in the horizon line, where the earth meets the sky, the sun emerges and sets, & the comforts of earth become the vastness of the unknown.

 

I spend a lot of time making glass art. I live in Santa Cruz, California---a beautiful place on the sunny side of Monterey Bay. Living in such a gorgeous spot on the planet allows me to draw inspiration from the shapes and colors of nature around me, in all its infinite mystery and all its unrivaled beauty.

 

There is a sense of mystery to the process of fusing glass that I joyfully embrace. I can set up the glass to be fired hoping I have some control of it, but ultimately it’s always up to nature— heat and time— that determines the outcome. I absolutely love this material. I will submit to its whims again and again. I hope you enjoy my work and it brings you joy.

 

Since I discovered glass late in my artistic career, I completely immersed myself in learning all i could about fusing glass. its spectrum of color, visual texture, and the aspects of light and transparency seduced me but it was ultimately its transformation in the kiln which convinced me that this was a curiosity I needed to seriously pursue.

 

My Background

I earned a  B.F.A. in Ceramics while studying art in college and the subsequent 30+ years making pottery and ceramic sculpture laid a solid foundation for my current explorations in glass. I went back to school at one point in my life for graphics and web design, and have enjoyed the experience that gave me in creating my own marketing materials and the sense of design I bring to my work.

 

Right now I am specializing in creating fused glass installations for residential and commercial spaces. I'm also making decorative bowls and a little bit of lighting. What is exciting to me is to be introduced to space, and to create art for that space, taking into consideration how it will be used and who will be using it. Whether it's public art, or a newly constructed local building, a restaurant, tasting room or your living room, I very much enjoy the process of creating that special wall piece, or sculpture as a focal point of a space, or a conversation starter. If this interests you at all feel free to contact me for a consultation at your space or mine.

 

About My Art

These crazy colored discs you see here, is the “Stardust” series. These glass discs are abstractly evocative of deep sea creatures and blooming flowers, but remain inspired by Physics— black holes, supernovas, dark matter and gravitational pull. I am interested in the underlying symmetry between these two forces—the inference of the smallest sub atomic particle, and the unimaginable vast and sheer scale of cosmological events. Our life on earth, hangs in the balance of a greater understanding of how the universe works. What I’ve come away understanding is that we are all made of the same stuff. Stardust.​

 

I use compatible  glass and frit designed specifically for fusing. I prefer to use many pre made elements to compose my panels. My compositions are created using shards of colored glass and ground glasses fired in a kiln to a temperature of 1490 ° F. This fuses (melts) all the pieces together to make one solid panel. Multiple firings and layering create depth and visual texture. I often use dichroic, a rainbow colored specialty glass as well as foil inclusions. I also use hand-pulled strings of glass, as well as transparent and opaque specialty glasses all in a spectrum of colors. I design and fabricate the aluminum channel frames by hand, using stainless steel cable and hardware. Wrought iron stands display the upright free-standing pieces, and the wooden stands are handmade of mahogany and walnut. All my artwork is made by me, in the US and all glass is sourced from Bullseye Glass Co. in Portland, OR. I collaborate with several local craftsmen to design and produce my stands.

 

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Location

Prospect Heights, Santa Cruz, CA, USA

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Phone
831-325-5886
Email
glass@randiesilverstein.com
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https://randiesilverstein.com
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