Growing up in the fields of Iowa, Bryan developed a love and curiosity for nature and its intricacy’s at an early age. Whether it was collecting little critters on the farm or interesting stones along the river walks, Bryan was intrigued by the natural world surrounding him. Beginning with interest in pencil drawings and clay sculpture he went onto a graphic design program at regional college, soon realizing he needed to be more hands on. Bryan then ventured out to Massachusetts in quest of a career in the arts.
Arriving in Massachusetts Bryan began his search for a potter, to assist and learn the skills of the trade. Not knowing of glassblowing and its deep history of the area Bryan accidently came upon the Sandwich Glass Museum in 2004. Here he became more familiar with the glass artists in the area. He was pointed in the direction of McDermott Glass Studio in Sandwich. After meeting David and Yukimi at McDermott Glass, pottery soon became an afterthought.
He now lives on Cape Cod Massachusetts amongst the rich culture and people, as a glass artist Bryan Randa works within two worlds of glass making. One of which is lampworking, with this he creates beautiful glass creatures of the ocean and of the garden at his bog side studio in Cataumet . Here he melts Corning Pyrex glass on a torch and then forms the molten glass into original life like creatures.
The other is off hand glass blowing in a larger scale. Using this technique he makes a variety of functional vessels and sculptures of colorful glass. By using metal pipes to dip into large pots of liquid glass a gather is made. Then at a bench, with a mix of tools, this sphere of hot glass is transformed into a collectible one of a kind piece of art. This is done at McDermott Glass Studio in Sandwich, MA where he has worked for nine years within an intense apprenticeship under David McDermott and Yukimi Motsumoto.