Randi F. Solin, Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director
Founder, sole owner and president of Solinglass, Solin has twenty-six years of glassblowing experience, and 18 years experience owning and operating her glassblowing studio. Her work is featured among the permanent collections of the White House; the United States Embassies in Algeria and Guinea, The St. Petersburg Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida, and has been exhibited in solo and group shows in museums and galleries across the country. She has won several art festival awards in the United States, including numerous Best in Show awards and many Best of Glass awards.
Solin holds a minor in Education and taught at San Jose Sate University for 18 months. Later she worked at Cedarpoint, Ohio, a large-scale amusement park where she blew glass for the public to large crowds. She educated audiences about the entire process of glassblowing, and sold what she made during those demonstrations at an adjacent gallery.
Solin was one of the first artist tenants at the Cotton Mill in Brattleboro, Vermont. She has been both a pioneer as well as a model for the vision of the incubator space, using the favorable rent and overhead costs as a springboard to expand her business and create livable wage jobs. In 1999, she founded the Cotton Mill Open Studio Tour, which has grown into a hugely successful winter event for Cotton Mill tenants, as well as a much anticipated shopping and learning event for local families, tourists, and the greater Brattleboro community.
Natalie Blake, Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director
Founder and sole owner of Natalie Blake Studios, Blake has worked in clay for 26 years and owned her business for almost twenty years. Her work is constantly transforming; she started in functional pottery in the late 90’s and then shifted into thrown porcelain decorative vessels for which she earned a trademark signature amongst ceramic vessels. In the past six years she has redirected her studio’s energies to hand created wall art tile murals. her studio creates custom designs for public art, residential, corporate, health care and educational facilities throughout eh 50 states. Her vessel work is in the permanent collections of the San Angelo Museum of Fine Art and the Wheaton Museum, as well as several private collections around the world. She has won several awards from national arts competitions and fine craft shows including Best In Show, Best in Ceramics, and Purchase Awards.
Natalie has led workshops and conducted private tutoring sessions for ceramics students of all ages and experience. Selected as Artist of the Year by the St Louis Board of Education, she created a commissioned work, recorded a biographical video, and authored a lesson plan for a tile project to be implemented by teachers in the St Louis area.