Randi Lile makes her whimsical pottery and sculptures in her Salt Lake City studio. Although Randi enjoys working in a variety of mediums, including painting, printmaking, photography, and batik, ceramics is at the top of her list.
Randi uses a variety of clays, finishing surfaces, and firing techniques. She likes to make functional wheel-thrown work, but her passion is creating ceramic sculptures. She likes the flexibility and freedom that clay allows for sculptural forms. She enjoys the process of making a ceramic piece and analyzes what can be done at each stop along the way.
She started creating the fish in 2003 as an exploration of her fears of the ocean and the creatures deep below. The wall fish began as dark, angry swimmers with large sharp teeth. Over the years they have evolved into intricately decorated and colorful fish.
In 2005 Randi was featured on HGTV’s That’s Clever, where she demonstrated the process of making the fish from start to finish. Recently she’s been basing her sketches on actual species and takes full advantage of her artistic license.