Flameworker, Mother, Wife:
I graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1990. After a 19 year tenure in CT, we have moved back to Cleveland, OH where I share a studio, two daughters, and a dog with my husband and sometime collaborator, Marc Petrovic. Marc is as an incredibly inventive and talented artist and sometimes educator. His work can be viewed at www.marcpetrovic.com. We also have a jewelry line we produce together called Birds in the Hand Jewelry.
Primarily a flame worker, I approach my work in a painterly fashion. Pulling my own cane and coloring it with glass powders, allows for crossover between the hot shop and the torch. I am fascinated by the magic of objects. From quilts and teapots to sailor’s valentines, I am interested the transformation of an object into an heirloom. Filled with personal content and commentary about society, the hard work of relationships, and my experience as a mom; my work tells many stories. I celebrate the metaphor found in ordinary objects, and my work often takes visual shape by building form from pattern. Although color has always been central to my work, I am currently exploring the definition of space through line alone.
I have taught numerous workshops and classes both in the United States and abroad. My work can be seen in many private and public collections, most notably the Charlotte Mint Museum of Craft and Design, the Cincinnati Museum of Art, the Corning Museum of Glass, the Racine Art Museum, the Seattle Museum of Art, the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, and the Tacoma Museum of Glass.
This web site is intended to be educational. I hope to open a dialogue and to communicate the ideas behind the work. If you are interested in purchasing any work, please don't hesitate to contact me, and I will connect you with the proper representative.
YOU CAN CONTACT ME AT KARI@KARIRUSSELL-POOL.COM
BioDiversity: Celebrating the Natural World, Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts an on-line exhibition.
IdentiTEA, Adam Blaue Gallery, Cleveland, OH.
The Studio at Twenty, Corning Museum of Glass; Corning, NY.
Paper and Glass at the Firelands Association for the Visual Arts in the New Union Center for the Arts, 39 S. Main Street, Oberlin, OH 44074.
Glass Matrix at the Ohio Designer Craftsmen Museum. 1665 W. Fifth Avenue, Columbus Ohio 43212.