Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pa., Rice received her BFA from Carnegie Mellon University in 1981, specializing in glass and metals. She worked for several notable glass studios before establishing DJR Glass in 1991, when Tiffany & Co. contracted her to sand-carve a majority of their corporate gifts and awards. Rice currently maintains a studio in Delano and welcomes special projects and private commissions.
Rice has won numerous awards for her work in glass, including a 2016 MN State Arts Board Artist Initiative, a 2015 Central Minnesota Arts Board Individual Artist Award and three Central Minnesota Arts Board Career Development grants. Her sculptures are part of several important collections, including the Corning Museum of Glass.
"Although my sculptures are subjectively personal, I believe their emotional context is universal. We all enjoy some connection to nature throughout our lives, whether consciously or otherwise. I use glass to preserve the fragile, natural elements we collect to remember special moments in time," Rice said.
In 2015, Rice was invited to learn innovative mold-making techniques at Cast Glass Forms, the only professional glass-casting foundry of its kind in the U.S. Using lost wax techniques similar to bronze casting, she sculpts organic forms in glass to capture the essence of light, emotions and memories that we all have in common. For more information: here!
Examples of Rice's artistry can be seen below! Be the first to see this years show up close and have a chance to win a piece of Rice's work for yourself, get your tickets for the preview party on Jan. 31 here!