Ronnie Phillips Glass - Badass Glass

About

Ronnie Phillips was born in Western Kentucky in July of 1989. Early influences of art came from his great grandmother, who began teaching him to draw (and color) during his early formative years. Since his childhood, he has gone to study under various leaders within the glass industry such as: Curt Brock, Stephen Rolfe Powell, Nancy Callan, and more. He has studied at renowned institutions including: Centre College, The Appalachian Center for Craft, Pilchuck Glass School, and the Pittsburgh Glass Center.

 
 
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About Ronnie

 

Ronnie Phillips was born in Western Kentucky in July of 1989. Early influences of art came from his great grandmother, who began teaching him to draw (and color) during his early formative years. Concepts of perspective were taught to create realistic sketches of homes and landscapes, providing a strong foundation for the creative mind.

He continued his art education through high school, but did not understand the breath of possibilities until his experience at the Governor’s Scholars Program during the summer before his senior year. It was that summer, and through his mentorship from Siobhan Byrns, which would lead him to glass and a career in the arts.

Ronnie attended Centre College in Danville, Kentucky, where he studied Anthropology and Fine Art. Studying under world renowned glass artist, Stephen Rolfe Powell, he gained an excitement for the endless possibilities within glass. After graduation, he sought to refine his skill level within the craft and began working under Curt Brock at the Appalachian Center for Craft in Tennessee. It was through Curt that he gained endless knowledge for cold-working and precision glassblowing. 

Ronnie has studied and mentored under numerous other leaders in the industry, been recognized in national award shows, and in 2015 relocated to Seattle, WA to further promote and develop his blown and sculptural glass work. His work can be found in galleries and designer show rooms across the United States, and continues to advance his design collection from his studio in the Pacific Northwest.

THE GLOBES

Without realizing it, the Globes have emerged through the development of a continuous idea for over 5 years. The earliest renditions were always black and white, testing both sculptural and functional forms. The steadfast attribute has been the cane, which has become softer much like the wisp of a faint cloud or the soft glow of the milky way on a clear night. It’s far from an afterthought, but rather a quieter element that encourages the viewer on a visual path around the sphere. In life, we often discover more about ourselves on the journey rather than the destination, and the cane pays homage to such a consideration. 

The gold used on the Globes and throughout the entire collection is imported, Italian 23k gold leaf and hammered by hand. It is the most recent addition to the work and is applied directly to the glass during the hot process. 

 
 

EDUCATION

2013–2014
The Appalachian Center for Arts Cookeville, TN
Continued studies, Glass Art

2007–2011
Centre College
Danville, KY
Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology/Sociology, minor in Studio Art 

 

HONORS AND EXHIBITIONS

2019
Transparency: An LGBT+ Glass Art Exhibition
Tacoma Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA

2017
Transparency: An LGBT+ Glass Art Exhibition
National Liberty Museum, Philadelphia, PA

2017
Bemis Arts
Juried Spring Show, Seattle, WA

2015
Niche Awards Finalist
Student Sculptural Glass

TEACHING & DEMONSTRATIONS

2019
Teaching Assistant
Scott Benefield: E Pluribus: Constructing the Bubble
Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA

2019
Visiting Artist
First City Art Center, Pensacola, FL

2019
Instructor
Using Metallics in Glass
First City Art Center, Pensacola, FL

WORKSHOPS

2014
Advanced Cane Techniques with Scott Benefield
Pilchuck Glass School

2013
Gone Bowling: Bowls and Venetian Cane Techniques with Nancy Callan and Kathy Gray
Pittsburgh Glass Center

2009
Advanced Cane Techniques with Scott Benefield
Pittsburgh Glass Center