Randy Reid was born in Madison, Wisconsin in 1965. In 1996 he earned his MFA at Illinois State University. He is an Assistant Professor of Art and runs the Wood and Metals programs at Illinois State University’s School of Art. Reid predominantly works in the medium of wood and small metals, but utilizes bronze foundry work in many of his commissioned pieces. Reid is a master craftsman, designer, and artist who creates contemporary sculpture by using traditional woodworking and metals techniques, which have been utilized for centuries in the creation of functional vessels and furniture. He has taken both furniture and the vessel form to the level of high art where function dissolves and aesthetics demand the viewer’s attention.