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Randy Walker

A 1981 graduate of Oklahoma State University, Randy Walker now lives in Bellingham, Washington.

Randy first came to Pilchuck Glass school in 1989 as a student and has worked every summer for Pilchuck as staff, faculty member or craftsman since 1990 . During the school's off season, Randy makes his work in Pilchuck's hot shop.

He has been a principal member of the William Morris blowing team for sixteen years, helping to make some of the world’s most innovative glass works.

For the past decade, Randy has been a frequent faculty member at Pilchuck and has taught workshops in Canada, Japan, New Zealand and across the United States. In 2006 he was a featured demonstrating artist at the International Glass Art Society conference.

His work is exhibited nationally, as well as in France and Canada.

 

DRIFTWOOD SERIES

Studying and interacting with nature has always been a fundamental part of this artist’s life. A degree in Wildlife Ecology, a former carpenter and peach farmer, plus years roaming the mountains have brought Randy to the “Driftwood” series.

Randy’s blown and sculpted forms are inspired by the colors, textures and patterns found in the forests of the Pacific Northwest; dappled sunlight shining through a tree's canopy; a beam of sunshine spotlighting a quiet shrine of forest elements. These naturalistic forms, seemingly worn by weather and time, rekindle a sense of wonder, spirit and solitude one might find within the stillness of the woods.

The work is born from a deep seated reverence for the forest’s grandeur and tenacious vitality. Life’s seasons and cycles are played out with timeless patience. It’s one place where the beauty of change, both death and birth, is celebrated equally.

To capture the essence of the forest’s weathered branches , intricate bark patterns and autumn leaves, Randy skillfully matches molten glass’s animated movement and endless array of colors with the same essential qualities found in nature.

 

ARTIST STATEMENT

The stillness and solitude of the forest is a basic necessity for me. Life's seasons and cycles are played out with timeless patience. It's one place where the beauty of change, both death and birth, is celebrated equally. I want to capture this essence in my work.

I gather inspiration from molten glass's animated movement, evocative colors and intricate surfaces equal to the inspiration I harvest from the same essential qualities found in nature.


RESUME


Born:
1959, Stillwater, OK
Education:
Oklahoma State University, Bachelor of Science, Wildlife Ecology, 1977 - 81
Pilchuck Glass School, Hot Glass, 1989
Apprenticeship with William Morris, 1990 - 95
 
Selected Exhibitions and Galleries:
2011    William Traver Gallery, Solo Show, Seattle, WA
Schantz Galleries, Stockbridge, MA
Imago Galleries, Palm Desert, CA
Habatat Galleries, West Palm Beach, FL
The Bender Gallery, Asheville, NC
Kuivato Gallery, Sedona, AZ
     
2010    Habatat Galleries, International Invitational, West Palm Beach, FL.
Blue Rain Gallery, Santa Fe, NM.
Schantz Galleries, Stockbridge, MA.
SOFA, Santa Fe, NM., (Blue Rain Gallery)
Imago Galleries, Palm Desert, CA.
The Bender Gallery, Asheville, NC.
Kuivato Gallery, solo show, Sedona, AZ.
Niijima Glass Center, permanent collection, Tokyo(Niijima), Japan
     
2009    Evoke Contemporary, "En Fuego", Santa Fe, NM
SOFA : WEST, Santa Fe, NM
     
2008    Museum of Northwest Art, Solo Show, La Connor, WA
Manitou Gallery, Group Show, Santa Fe, NM
Kany Gallery, Solo Show, Portland, ME
Habatat Galleries, Group Show, Boca Raton, FL
     
2007    SOFA Chicago, Navy Pier, Chicago, IL
Kuivato Gallery, Autumn, Solo Show, Sedona, AZ
William Traver Gallery, Foliage, Solo Show, Seattle, WA
     
2006    William Traver Gallery, Group Show, Seattle, WA
Imago Galleries, Palm Desert, CA
Pismo Glass, Denver, CO
Vetri International Glass, Seattle, Tacoma, WA
La Verrerie De Biot, Biot, France
Summit Gallery, Group Show, Banff, Canada
Es Posible Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
Center of the Earth Gallery, Charlotte, NC
Goldesberry Gallery, Houston, TX
History of the World Gallery, Group Show, Stanwood, WA
Bay Area Glass Institute, Solo Show, San Jose, CA
     
2005    William Traver Gallery, Solo Show, Tacoma, WA
Pismo Glass, Denver, CO
Vetri International Glass, Seattle,Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Museum of Glass, Artist in Residence,Tacoma, WA
Center of the Earth Gallery, Group Show, Charlotte,NC
Es Posible Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
Goldesberry Gallery, Group Show, Houston, TX
History of the World Gallery, Group Show, Stanwood, WA
     
2004    Vetri International Glass, Solo Show, Seattle, WA
Es Posible Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
Center of the Earth Gallery, Charlotte,NC
Goldesberry Gallery, Houston, TX.
History of the World Gallery, Group Show, Stanwood, WA
Rice Gallery, Denver, CO
The Howell Gallery, Oklahoma City, OK
     
2003    Houston Center for Creative Crafts, Group Show, Houston, TX
Vetri International Glass, Seattle,Tacoma, WA
Seattle-Tacoma Airport Exhibit, Seattle, WA
Center of the Earth Gallery, Charlotte, NC
Es Posible Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
Goldesberry Gallery, Houston, TX
History of the World Gallery, Group Show, Stanwood, WA.
Rice Gallery, Denver, CO
The Howell Gallery, Oklahoma City, OK
     
2002    Vetri International Glass, Seattle, WA
Seattle-Tacoma Airport Exhibit, Seattle, WA
Center of the Earth Gallery, Charlotte, NC
Es Posible Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
Goldesberry Gallery, Houston, TX
History of the World Gallery, Group Show, Stanwood, WA
Rice Gallery, Denver, CO
The Howell Gallery, Oklahoma City, OK
     
2001    Seattle-Tacoma Airport Exhibit, Seattle, WA
Goldesberry Gallery, Houston, TX
Es Posible Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
History of the World Gallery, Group Show, Stanwood, WA
The Howell Gallery, Oklahoma City, OK
     
2000    Seattle-Tacoma Airport Exhibit, Seattle, WA
Goldesberry Gallery, Houston, TX
Es Posible Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
History of the World Gallery, Group Show, Stanwood, WA
The Howell Gallery, Oklahoma City, OK
     
1999    Seattle-Tacoma Airport Exhibit, Seattle, WA
Es Posible Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
History of the World Gallery, Group Show, Stanwood, WA
The Howell Gallery, Oklahoma City, OK
Art Wares, West Hollywood, CA
     
1998    Auckland Museum, Group Show, Auckland, New Zealand
Seattle-Tacoma Airport Exhibit, Seattle, WA
Es Posible Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
History of the World Gallery, Group Show, Stanwood, WA
     
1997    Foster White Gallery, Group Show, Seattle, WA
Es Posible Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
History of the World Gallery, Group Show, Stanwood, WA
Seattle-Tacoma Airport Exhibit, Seattle, WA
University Place Arts Council, Lincoln, NE
     
1996    Everett Arts Council Gallery, Solo Show, Everett, WA
Seattle-Tacoma Airport Exhibit, Seattle, WA
University Place Arts Council, Lincoln, NE
     
1995    Everett Arts Council Gallery, Everett, WA
Seattle-Tacoma Airport Exhibit, Seattle, WA
     
1994    Niijima Glass Center, Permanent Collection, Niijima, Japan
Hall - Barnett Gallery, Group Show, New Orleans, LA
Seattle-Tacoma Airport Exhibit, Seattle, WA
     
Work Experience - Teaching:
 
2011   
Instructor, Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA
Instructor, Nichols Art Glass, The Dalles, OR
     
2010   
Instructor, Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA
Instructor, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada
     
2009   
Instructor, Niijima Glass, Niijima, Japan
     
2008   
Instructor, Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA
Instructor, Pittsburgh Glass Center, Pittsburgh, PA
Instructor, Bay Area Glass Institute, San Jose, CA
     
2007   
Instructor, Emporia State University, workshop, Emporia, KS
     
2006   
Featured Artist, Glass Art Society Convention, St. Louis, MO
Instructor, Pittsburgh Glass Center, Workshop, Pittsburgh, PA
Instructor, Appalachian Craft Center, Workshop, Smithville, TN
Instructor, Bay Area Glass Institute, Workshop, San Jose, CA
Hot Glass Assistant, William Morris, Stanwood, WA
     
2005   
Faculty, Pilchuck Glass School, Workshop, Stanwood, WA
Artist in Residence, Tacoma Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA
Instructor, Urban Glass, Workshop, New York, NY
Instructor, Illinois State University, Workshop, Normal, IL
Instructor, Eugene Glass School, Workshop, Eugene, OR
Instructor, Antonius Studios, Workshop, Prescott, AZ
Hot Glass Assistant, William Morris, Stanwood, WA
     
2004   
Assistant Artistic Director, Pilchuck Glass School, Sessions 1 and 2
Faculty, Pittsburgh Glass Center, Workshop, Pittsburgh, PA
Faculty, Red Deer College, Workshop, Red Deer, AB., Canada
Hot Glass Assistant, William Morris, Stanwood, WA
     
2003   
Faculty, Pilchuck Glass School, Workshop, Stanwood, WA
Hot Glass Assistant, William Morris, Stanwood, WA
     
2002   
Faculty, Pilchuck Glass School, Workshop, Stanwood, WA
Hot Glass Assistant, William Morris, Stanwood, WA
     
2001   
Faculty, Red Deer College, Workshop, Red Deer, AB., Canada
Hot Glass Assistant, William Morris, Stanwood, WA
     
2000   
Faculty, Pilchuck Glass School, Workshop, Stanwood, WA
Faculty, Red Deer College, Workshop, Red Deer, AB., Canada
Hot Glass Assistant, William Morris, Stanwood, WA
     
1999   
Faculty, Pilchuck Glass School, Workshop, Stanwood, WA
Faculty, Red Deer College, Workshop, Red Deer, AB., Canada
Hot Glass Assistant, William Morris, Stanwood, WA
     
1998   
Gaffer, Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA
Hot Shop Coordinator, Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA
Faculty, Red Deer College, Workshop, Red Deer, AB., Canada
Hot Glass Assistant, William Morris, Stanwood, WA
     
1997   
Faculty, Pilchuck Glass School, Workshop, Stanwood, WA
Hot Shop Coordinator, Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA
Hot Glass Assistant, William Morris, Stanwood, WA
     
1996   
Gaffer, Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA
Hot Shop Coordinator, Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA
Hot Glass Assistant, William Morris, Stanwood, WA
     
1995   
Faculty, Pilchuck Glass School, Workshop, Stanwood, WA
Hot Shop Coordinator, Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA
Hot Glass Assistant, William Morris, Stanwood, WA
     
1994   
Gaffer, Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA
Hot Shop Coordinator, Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA
Hot Glass Assistant, William Morris, Stanwood, WA
     
1993   
Hot Shop Coordinator, Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA
Hot Glass Assistant, William Morris, Stanwood, WA
     
1992   
Gaffer Assistant, Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA
Hot Shop Coordinator, Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA
Hot Glass Assistant, William Morris, Stanwood, WA
     
1990-
1992   
Staff, Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA
Hot Glass Assistant, William Morris, Stanwood, WA
     
2001-
2006   
Ashtanga Yoga Instructor, Bellingham, WA
     
1977-
1990   
Vice-President, Walker Construction, Stillwater, OK
     

 

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