The Artists

Rankin, Susan

Rankin, Susan

Over the past 25 years as a glass artist I have explored the idea of garden through my work. As an avid gardener I have a passionate interest in flowers and express this love in my blown glass objects.

I seek to examine how glass has been used historically and how it could be brought forward in a contemporary way to continue to adorn the home.  When I think of gardens I think of something larger than life. They are a physically manipulated, living space that can, not only surround you, but also overpower you. In creating my ‘Garden Columns’ I have worked with scale to create a presence; they demand that observers engage with them in a more physical and direct way.  Using numerous columns to define a space, I incorporate light through the multiple transparent or opaque glass elements. Drawing on natural and abstracted forms I have created a series of work, which is harmonious and compelling through the seasons. – Susan Rankin

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Rankin is award-winning and has had her work shown in 30 solo exhibitions and numerous invitational and group exhibitions across North America in many of the most prestigious venues for contemporary glass. Rankin has work included in public collections at the Corning Museum, Claridge Collection, Michel-Pierre Grenier Collection, Saskatchewan Arts Board, Winnipeg Art Gallery, USB Bank (Canada), Department of Foreign Affairs, Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal, Montréal, Quebec, Glazen Huis, Flemish Centre for Contemporary Glass Art, Lommel, Belgium, as well as in many fine private collections.