Luckydog Arts and Design

All of my designs are custom, one of a kind, unique and accessible. The story doesn’t stop there. There is always something new happening at Luckydog Arts and Design’s Santa Cruz studio…my creations are elegant, simple and functional. You can depend on that. Read my Artist Statement below and get the story!

Open Studios Tour 2014 was a huge success! I loved speaking to all the folks who came by, and thank you to all who left with a piece and to those who came to browse, to friends and family and those from all corners of my life who have supported me, encouraged me and purchased from me! THANK YOU!

Call for more information: 831-325-5886  randie@luckydogarts.com

Artist Statement

I received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Ceramics in 1985 and a Certificate of Proficiency in Digital Media and Graphic Design in 2000. Formally trained as a ceramic artist, I went on to produce graphic and web designs, and only discovered glass later in my career. I have been working with kiln-fused glass since 2009.

In my recent series “Celestial Bodies”, I have been playfully exploring the relationship between earth and sky and my experience of the sun, moon and cosmos. Focused on color, translucency and pattern, this body of work is rooted in exploring the materials and their relationship with light. My inspiration often comes from the glass itself. I love both the bright color of the opaque glasses and the softness of translucent ones. Specialty glasses like “clear with stringer”1 and frit2 over black glass remind me of trees in the forest on a moonlit night, while “green streaky”3 can remind me of lush rolling meadows on a summer day, and turquoise blue and white streaky might turn into clouds floating by a beautiful sunset.  My newest pieces explore the inner landscape. My whimsical and functional pieces explore shape and color, and let specialty glass like dichroic5—with its rainbow coating—dance across the surface. These pieces are usually accented with dots and frits2.

1 Stringer—A spaghetti-like glass shape used as a decorative element in the hot glass arts.

2 Frit—Ground glass, ranging in particle size from gravel-like to a fine powder. Frit is sometimes used as a raw material in glass manufacture, and sometimes as a coloring agent or for decorative effect in hot glass crafts like blowing and fusing.

3 Streaky—a glass that is made by mixing two or more molten colors that are swirled in a sheet.

5 Dichroic—(pronounced dye-crow-ick) glass, commonly called dichro for short, literally means ”two colored” and is derived from the Greek words ”di” for two, and ”chroma” for color. It was thus named because of its fantastic multi-colored and reflective properties. When you look at this glass, it appears to have more than one color at the same time, especially when viewed at different angles.

Call for more information: 831-325-5886 or email: randie@luckydogarts.com

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