Sonia Rhea

Sonia Rhea, Glass Artist

Nevada City, California

Michael and Sonia met at Pescadero State Beach in California during a Raku Ceramics Festival while they were students at San Francisco State University. They began collaborating shortly thereafter. Their first projects were constructed on a table in their home, fusing glass in small kilns that doubled as end tables in their living room. For their first decade of collaborative work they focused on colorful, contemporary paperweights in unusual shapes and beaded glass jewelry. All elements contained in their work, from hand drawn furnace beads and cane to rondels (plates) are designed and handcrafted by them. Years later, their first granddaughter, Haley, would raise her hands above her head to be picked up. Using this gesture as inspiration Michael created their first figure, “Joy of Life”. Eleven years later, Michael designed their 16th figure for their second granddaughter, Grace. This figure is called “Grace Under Pressure”.


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