Ronnie Phillips was born in Western Kentucky in July of 1989. Early influences of art came from his great grandmother, who began teaching him to draw (and color) during his early formative years. Concepts of perspective were taught to create realistic sketches of homes and landscapes, providing a strong foundation for the creative mind.
He continued his art education through high school but did not understand the breadth of possibilities until his experience at the Governor’s Scholars Program during the summer before his senior year. It was that summer, and through his mentorship from Siobhan Byrns, which would lead him to glass and a career in the arts.
Phillips attended Centre College in Danville, Kentucky, where he studied Anthropology and Fine Art. Studying under world-renowned glass artist, Stephen Rolfe Powell, he gained excitement for the endless possibilities within glass. After graduation, he sought to refine his skill level within the craft and began working under Curt Brock at the Appalachian Center for Craft in Tennessee. It was through Curt that he gained endless knowledge for cold-working and precision glassblowing.
Ronnie Phillips has studied and mentored under numerous other leaders in the industry, been recognized in national award shows, and in 2015 relocated to Seattle, WA to further promote and develop his blown and sculptural glass work. His work can be found in galleries and designer showrooms across the United States and continues to advance his design collection from his studio in the Pacific Northwest.