I'm a storyteller and maker living in Brooklyn, New York. 

My latest project is called the Ancient Truth Investigators (ATI) which connects elements of New Age mysticism and performance art to handmade objects. I explore the power of positive manifestation through a narrative that links human ancestry to a race of Sea People who had a deep understanding of Earth.

YOU CAN LEARN MORE ABOUT THE ANCIENT TRUTH INVESTIGATORS PROJECT at: Ancienttruthinvestigators.com

Ráchel Räder, the Chief Investigator, in Arizona, 2015.

Ráchel Räder, the Chief Investigator, in Arizona, 2015.


how i got here

Born in Orlando, FL in 1984, I grew up in a supportive family that understands the value of art. 

I earned my Bachelor in Fine Arts in Material Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia in 2006.

After school I packed up my car and headed west where I lived for about 8 years in Seattle, Washington and a short stint in Portland, Oregon.

On the west coast I felt completely immersed in the supportive Pacific Northwest art community where I had the pleasure of working for amazingly talented artisans and paying my bills as a production glassblower and instructor. I taught glassblowing, lamp-working and sand casting at Pratt Fine Arts Center where I also made my artwork.

Photos of Her Majesty fabrication taken by James Harnois at Pratt Fine Arts Center in Seattle, WA.

Photos of Her Majesty fabrication taken by James Harnois at Pratt Fine Arts Center in Seattle, WA.

Photo Credit: Laura Livingston

Photo Credit: Laura Livingston

I received the Jon and Mary Shirley scholarship in 2010 which helped me produce the artwork for my first solo exhibition titled, Her Majesty at the Pratt Fine Arts Center gallery, in Seattle. 

Pratt Fine Arts Gallery, 2011

Pratt Fine Arts Gallery, 2011

This body of work has since been exhibited in several venues including The Society of Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, The Museum of Contemporary Art in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and the Racine Art Museum in Racine, Wisconsin. 

Pratt Fine Arts Center Gallery, 2011

Pratt Fine Arts Center Gallery, 2011

Shortly after my solo exhibition of Her Majesty in 2011, I travelled to Iceland where I did a month long residency in Laugarvatn at Gullkistan Center for Creativity. This experience continues to haunt me with beautiful dreams of Icelandic ponies, floating icebergs and epic waterfalls. 

Iceland 2011

Iceland 2011

I've been so fortunate to have experiences of travel that continue to inspire me. 

Equally influential experiences include my involvement over the years at Pilchuck Glass School as a TA, poleturner and student. Tucked away in the hills of Washington state in Stanwood, Washington, this international campus for glass artists has been a big part of my story.

Pilchuck, 2012, with Shelby Hawthorne and Karen Donnelan. 

Pilchuck, 2012, with Shelby Hawthorne and Karen Donnelan. 

In 2012, I received the Artist Trust fellowship which allowed me to purchase equipment for my art practice. This has continued to aid in my making and confidence as an artist. 

In 2013, I taught a week long intensive at Penland School of Crafts in Penland, North Carolina called, The Balance between Fragility and Wear-ability focusing on the fabrication of connections between glass parts and other materials.

Penland School of Crafts, 2013, with my awesome TA Marilyn Brogan and my amazing students. 

Penland School of Crafts, 2013, with my awesome TA Marilyn Brogan and my amazing students. 

Then I moved to Portland, Oregon where I got a job with Bullseye Glass Company. One year later, this led to my move to New York. I was hired on to Bullseye's newest Resource Center in Mamaroneck, New York where I taught classes and helped run the Resource Center.

In 2014, I was a part of a group exhibition called Uncommon Beauty, at the Bullseye Gallery New York with Amanda Simmons and Ted Sawyer.

Bullseye Gallery NY

Bullseye Gallery NY

I then started in 2014, working with UrbanGlass in Brooklyn, NY where I am currently the Art Center Manager and truly enjoying being a part of the vibrant Brooklyn arts community... and the access to falafel sandwiches.

Falafel sandwich.

Falafel sandwich.

The Ancient Truth Investigators project is evolving in an exciting direction, with new developments and collaborations with other artists. This past Summer I had a show at UrbanGlass called The Latest Findings which opened with a panel discussion with two of my current collaborators, Amanda Patenaude and Amy Lemaire

The work in The Latest Findings was partially made in collaboration with Jason Blandford  during our residency in Sedona, AZ at the Melting Point in 2015 which we called Stepping Into the Vortex. 

Artist in Residence at The Melting Point in Sedona, AZ, 2015 with Jason Blandford on the right.

Artist in Residence at The Melting Point in Sedona, AZ, 2015 with Jason Blandford on the right.

Involving artists in this project feels expansive and boundless with potential.

From left to right: Bianca Abreu, Annie Woller, Rachel Rader, Dorie Guthrie.

From left to right: Bianca Abreu, Annie Woller, Rachel Rader, Dorie Guthrie.

I'm so excited to see what happens next!

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