Susan Rankin lives and works from her home in Apsley Ontario. She graduated with honors from Sheridan College, Oakville Ontario, in 1989 and received a three year artist in residency at the Harbourfront Centre glass studio, in Toronto from ’89-‘91 and a short term residency in ‘06. She has studied glass at the Pilchuck Glass School, Haystack School of Craft and Penland School of Craft in the U.S.
‘Through the past 25 years as a glass artist I have explored the idea of garden through my work. Beginning with the my original ‘Flower Vase’ series through the ‘Flowering Vine Vessel’ series and again in the body of work titled ‘Epergne’, I sought 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. My latest project extends this exploration to the ‘Large Flower Vase’ series. 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. These ideas have fed into the new blown vessels and flowers as they take on a larger, more voluptuous form. These pieces capture the beauty of the blooming on vessels, which reference historic forms that have evolved with a contemporary style.
We are all constantly surrounded by something. The landscape that surrounds us shapes us and influences us as we function within it. In my continuing series of ‘Wired Forms’ the wired landscape, in its complexity, transforms the simple glass form. The ‘Wire Form’ series explored the combined use of glass and metal in a more sculptural format. This series liberated my work from the constraints of the functional vessel and has lead to the development of the ‘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 has won numerous awards and acknowledges the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts and The Ontario Arts Council. Her work has been published in ‘Studio: Craft and Design in Canada’ Fall/Winter 2012-2013, Cinzia Corella, ‘Studio Glass, Anna & Joe Mendel Collection’, The Montreal Museum of Fine arts, ‘Susan Rankin:valid objects of beauty’, Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery, Cinzia Corella, ‘Contemporary Canadian Glass’, Winter 2007, Sally McCubbin, ‘World Art Glass Quarterly’, Volume 2 2007, Jill Culora, ‘Contemporary Canadaian Glass,’ Spring 2007, Cinzia Corella, ‘500 Glass Objects’, Lark Books 2006, ‘Glass Art : International 2003’, Richard Yelle 2003, ‘Sheridan The Cutting Edge in Crafts’, James Strecker ’99, ‘New Glass Review’, USA ’91, ’96, ’97 & 2004, and ‘A Treasury of Canadian Craft’, Canada and Japan ’92.
Her lively voluptuous vessels wrapped in vines, leaves and flowers have been shown in 34 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, well as in many fine private collections.
Susan Rankin is represented by Sandra Ainsley Gallery, located in Toronto, the leading contemporary glass art gallery in Canada.