Q&A with Robin Pierson of “Reflections by Robin”
By Katie Menosky
This summer at Falmouth’s Arts Alive Festival, I noticed a booth that stood out from the rest. The unique pieces of coastal-inspired mirror and window art shimmered in the light and immediately caught my eye.
A: I was on vacation in Key West, Florida, when I came up with the idea to design windows. I had seen a bar top with coins encased in resin, and I thought how cool it would be if you could see through the bar. I started experimenting with resin over glass and began designing as a hobby. A few years later, my guy entered me into an art show. I brought about a dozen windows to the show and sold almost all of them in one day. That’s when I decided to pursue it in a more serious manner.
Q: Who or what has been the biggest single influence on your designs?
A: I can’t really say that there has been any one single influence on my designs. While most of my work has a coastal theme and my daily collecting on the beach may influence a piece, I’m often influenced by mundane everyday materials like black beans in the grocery store, which I’ve used often in my designs!
Q: What is your favorite piece?
A: My favorite piece is one that has been hanging in my living room since the beginning. It’s an 8-pane window I named “Beach Walk” because when I finished it the pattern reminded me of a slow walk along the beach. My customers now order that design by name.
Q: Tell me about the classes that you offer.
A: My classes are held in my studio in Bourne. I have Spring and Summer classes for new students and Fall classes for returning students who want to expand their knowledge. They are one day, approximately 4 – 5 hours. I try as best as I can to keep in touch with my students and invite them all back every Fall for a “class reunion” at my home. It’s so rewarding for me to be able to share what I love, and I’m always so flattered that people would want to learn from me.
A: Don’t try to be anyone else but yourself. Be an original.
Q: What is your personal motto?
A: My life is so crazy busy these days. I’m pretty good at multi-tasking, but sometimes I get overwhelmed. So I have to stop, take a deep breath and repeat this quote, which is posted in my studio. “I do one thing at a time, I do it very well and then I move on.” Believe it or not, it comes from an old episode of M*A*S*H!
For more information visit http://www.robinpierson.com