Somers Randolph

“I am spoiled now, I carve what I like and if someone wants it, they buy it. I’ve been fortunate all along that people want what I like to carve.”

Somers Randolph

For thirty years Somers Randolph has refined a vocabulary of shapes by carving them from solid rock. Alabaster, soapstone, marble and granite have yielded sensuous curves under his hammer and chisel.

Randolph was born in 1956 in Boston, MA. He was raised in Washington D.C. and after attending Exeter went to Pietrasanta, Italy and the Corcoran School of Art. He graduated from Princeton in 1979 with a degree in Art History. Randolph spent twelve years in Santa Barbara, seven in Nashville, and has lived in Santa Fe, New Mexico since 1997.

Somers Randolph’s sculpture is deceptively simple. The vibrant spirals, continuous knots and woven curves awaken our innermost selves. His forms resonate on an unconscious level. After three decades of chipping, sawing, sanding, and polishing stone, his works are in major collections and museums worldwide.

“I am spoiled now, I carve what I like and if someone wants it, they buy it. I’ve been fortunate all along that people want what I like to carve.”

“What is success? I’ve been extremely successful. I have a full life with my precocious daughter Comfort. I still get to spend my time making shapes. My work might last hundreds of years after I am gone. What could be better?”

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Artist Statement

“Sketching initiates the hands-on process. The essence of form is created on the pipe by free blowing and shaping. The hot shop stage exploration is direct. Mishaps end up back in the furnace. At times frustrating, but often pointing to a new direction or return to sketching. In the cold shop, cutting exposes the sought after curves, grinding and sanding fine-tunes the details. Surface carving and sandblasting provide the texture. Sandblasted is the preferred finish as it allows a better grasp of lines and forms. Polishing is used sparingly. When employed, it enables the objects to morph better with the surrounding space or to highlight volumes within. Some work requires assembly, inclusion of laminated glass, steel elements or iron oxide coating.Pebbles and river stones are shaped by nature and frequently turn into focal points. In a broad sense – forming, shaping, abrasion and polishing of pebbles by elements mirrors what happens at the studio. This however does not constitute the reason for their inclusion. Departing from glassblowing tradition, the substantial walls and asymmetrical shapes are the consequence of sculptural pursuit predating glass engagement, that of free-flowing and minimal forms. The focus on Form has left some unique qualities associated with glass, brilliant colors especially, beyond the horizons of interest. Attention to visually refined detail is critical, both for the piece created and as jump off point for the future work. Glass is an active co-author all along. Strictly imposing my will rarely delivered.”

Awards

Fulbright Scholarship, 1992
Excellence Award, Ohio Designer Craftsmen
Best Sculpture Award, Mitchel Museum, IL
Cohn Family Trust prize, Philadelphia Museum of Art craft show
Excellence in Glass Award, West Palm Beach Craft Show

Collection & Exhibits

SOFA Chicago & SOFA New York
Crafts America & Craft Boston Shows
National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia
Provena Medical Centers in Urbana and Danville, IL

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