Randie holds a B.F.A. in Ceramics, from SUNY New Paltz, New York; 1985 and a Certificate of Proficiency, in Digital Media from Cabrillo Community College; 2000, Santa Cruz, California.
After graduation from art school in upstate New York, Randie found a home in Seattle, Washington, and apprenticed with many local ceramic artists. Learning by doing, she was exposed to all aspects of running a small craft business including production, marketing and development of new work. The first art studio was opened in 1987 creating many opportunities including selling at Bellevue Craft Fair, and Seattle Center’s Northwest Craft Center.
The work reflected a serious and contemplative side. The pots were large and sculptural. Eventually she abandoned concern for form and starting underglaze painting on the pots, her style evolving in a more colorful, light, whimsical expression. After relocating to the central coast of California, she worked for Petroglyph Ceramic Lounge, a paint-your-own ceramics store in Santa Cruz, and managed their production warehouse.
She returned to school at Cabrillo College in 1998 to study web and graphic design, where she later taught for a few semesters. In the winter of 2001, she formed Luckydog Arts & Design, primarily designing websites for at least 20 years.
Randie also continued to work in ceramics until she was introduced to fused glass while living in Colorado in 2009. When she returned to California in 2011, she retired the ceramics kiln, trading it in for a glass kiln. She turned their home’s garage into a working glass studio, and now participates in Santa Cruz’s Open Studio’s Art Tour every year. Her work can be found on her website and purchased through Etsy and social media.
During the pandemic, Randie has had the opportunity to create several public art commissions and installations. She is finding her voice and passion in glass which has inspired these new directions. She is currently being mentored by glass artist Maestro Narcissus Quagliata, along with a small group of colleagues working in glass from around the world.
At 60, Randie really does believe that you don’t just get older, you get better. She feels she is really just at the beginning of the work she is inspired to do!