Randie holds a B.F.A. in Ceramics, from SUNY New Paltz and a Certificate of Proficiency in Digital Media from Cabrillo Community College.
After graduation from art school, Randie apprenticed with many local ceramic artists. She learned all about production, marketing and development of new work. Eventually she set up her own studio and started selling at craft fairs and was showing the pots in a local gallery.
The work reflected a serious and contemplative side. The pots were large and sculptural. Eventually the work took on a more painterly aspect and her style evolved towards a light, whimsical expression. In 1998 after returning to school to study web and graphic design she soon found that graphics appealed to her love of color, design and pattern.
While juggling school and art, Randie tried her hand at teaching and taught through Santa Cruz’s local Spectra for the Arts artistically talented grade school program, grades 3-6. This was fulfilling to her and after receiving her certificate for Graphics and Web design at Cabrillo College, went on to teach several multimedia courses.
After some time running her own design business she felt the pull of the studio once again. Sometime in 2009 she learned how to cut glass and fire it in her kiln. That was it. She was hooked. It was appealing in so many ways. Randie continued to experiment with glass for the next three years, developing a style and learning all she could.
In 2011 Randie created her glass studio, Luckydog Arts and Design. She sold the ceramics equipment and bought a kiln that was specifically for firing glass. Randie has been participating in Open Studios in Santa Cruz every year since then, taking most of the year to build inventory for that show.
The work remains whimsical, and light, and colorful. In her recent series “Celestial Bodies”, she has been playfully exploring the relationship between earth and sky and her experience of the sun, moon and cosmos. With a love landscapes, she especially loves the view of the horizon with its limitless beauty. Focused on color, translucency and pattern, this body of work is rooted in experimenting with the materials and their relationship with light. Inspiration often comes from the glass itself—both the bright color of the opaque glasses and the softness of translucent ones. With this in mind, comes the expression of nature in design.