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Kari Russell-Pool

Kari Russell-Pool

I communicate using objects as metaphors. From quilts and teapots, to sailors' valentines and cages, I am interested in the stories objects tell and how we elevate them into heirlooms. Filled with personal content and commentary about society, the hard work of relationships, and my experience as a mom, my work tells many stories. The work is autobiographical, and although objects are my vehicle, I think of them as self portraits as each series reflects the timely concerns of my life. I hope you can take the time to investigate my different series located in the drop down menu and explore the ideas behind the work. You will find answers to many frequently asked questions about my process under How It All Works.

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 and the occasional collaboration with my husband Marc Petrovic with whom I share a studio in Cleveland, Ohio.

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 including the Charlotte Mint Museum of Craft and Design, the ChryslerMuseum of Art, 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.