Ronnie Phillips was born in a small city in Kentucky in July of 1989. Originally taught to draw by his great grandmother, he had limited exposure to three dimensional art instruction until late in high school education. It was through the Governor’s Scholars Program, which took him to a college campus for a duration of the summer, that he was exposed to glass for the first time. It was that summer, and through his mentorship from Siobhan Byrns, which would lead to his pursuit of the glass arts.
Ronnie later attended Centre College in Danville, Kentucky where he began his studies in glass and clay. Drawn to the process and energy of glass, he focused his attention and studied under Stephen Rolfe Powell. After graduating from Centre, he sought to refine his skill level within the craft and began working under Curtiss Brock at the Appalachian Center for Craft in Tennessee. Ronnie has studied and mentored under numerous other leaders in the industry all across the United States, been recognized in national award shows, and in 2015 relocated to Seattle, WA to further promote and develop his blown glass work and establish himself within the industry.