Loving Cup Statement:
Approaching our 28th wedding anniversary we looked up the traditional gift. Google informed us that 28 was not considered anything special. After we laughed, we decided that we should design a series of trophies— or Loving Cups that celebrated the victory that is long-time love. Twenty years ago we prioritized marriage over working together in the hot shop, so the endeavor has not been without its bumps, but also the sweet surprise of learning new and better ways of communicating—the true gift. Basing our forms off of traditional metal trophies, we are in search of an architecture to the glass, but they are also love letters to the glass we first fell in love with— colorful, sparkly glass, with a touch of whimsy.
Kari Russell-Pool & Marc Petrovic Bio:
Marc Petrovic likes to say that glass, once you get past the expansive technical difficulties, offers the creator almost endless possibilities for form, color, and content. It is one of the few materials where you work with color and form simultaneously. Glass has the unique ability to be opaque, translucent, or completely transparent. But glass in itself is limited. Glass is magical, but it is not magic; it is just a material. Until it is infused with an idea, a source, or an expression, my job as an artist is not complete. Marc Petrovic and Kari Russell-Pool take their jobs as artists seriously. Compelling Kari’s narratives is a fascination with the power of objects to tell stories. From quilts and teapots to sailor’s valentines, she is interested in the transformation of an object into an heirloom. Filled with personal content and commentary about our present society, the hard work of relationships, and experience as a mom, her work tells many stories. Marc’s work revolves around ideas that both intrigue and befuddle him. While his pieces ask a lot of questions, they attempt to answer none. They simply serve as a way to contain and continue a dialogue. At the nucleus of each sculpture is an idea around which the piece grows. In a sense, the way a grain of sand stimulates the oyster enough that it creates a pearl.
Graduates of the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1990 & 1991, the couple share two grown children, a dog, and a studio in Cleveland, OH. Their respective individual work can be widely viewed in public collections, among them The Charlotte Mint Museum, the Corning Museum of Glass, the Museum of Art and Design in New York, and the Smithsonian Museum of American Art. Both were recipients of The Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award in 2017 and Kari received the award again in 2019. They also have co-created a jewelry line under the name Birds in the Hand Jewelry.