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About Ronnie

Ronnie Phillips was born in a small city in Kentucky in July of 1989. Originally taught to draw by his great grandmother, he had limited exposure to three dimensional art instruction until late in high school education. It was through the Governor’s Scholars Program, which took him to a college campus for a duration of the summer, that he was exposed to glass for the first time. It was that summer, and through his mentorship from Siobhan Byrns, which would lead to his pursuit of the glass arts.

Ronnie attended Centre College in Danville, Kentucky where he began his studies in glass and clay. Drawn to the process and energy of glass, he focused his attention and studied under Stephen Rolfe Powell. After graduating from Centre, he sought to refine his skill level within the craft and began working under Curtiss Brock at the Appalachian Center for Craft in Tennessee. Ronnie has studied and mentored under numerous other leaders in the industry all across the United States, been recognized in national award shows, and in 2015 relocated to Seattle, WA to further promote and develop his blown and sculptural glass work.

 

the Globes

Without realizing it, the Globes have emerged through the development of a continuous idea for over 5 years now. The earliest renditions of them 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 you on a path around the sphere. It’s never a destination, but rather a journey, and the cane pays homage to such a consideration. 

The gold is the newest element, and if I’m honest, was never part of the plan. Its original use was a desperate attempt to cover up a blemish on the glass. It worked, but also surprisingly elevated the piece and gave it a more finished look. Now I’m not suggesting every Globe has a hidden scar, but rather that through it all, there are riches all around. Some are apparent and on the surface of our lives, while others are hidden beneath. A few are to last, most are fleeting, but the potentially beautiful thing is that we become a piece of each experience we are to face.

 

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 

 

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 

 

honors and exhibitions

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