Martha Randolph Blackman, artist and owner of Mandeville Glassworks Studio, passed away peacefully at sunrise in her studio on Friday, March 16, 2012.
Her strong spirit and creative life propelled her to produce hundreds of significant pieces in mediums of stained glass installations, glass sculpture, fusion glass, iron and bronze sculpture, acrylics, charcoal, pastel, pen and ink, poetry and photography. As a master gardener, this also was incorporated into her work.
She was a graduate of Bolton High School in Alexandria, attended All Saints Episcopal High School in Vicksburg, Mississippi and Amarillo Jr. College in Amarillo, Texas. Throughout her life she studied with accomplished artists in New York, New Mexico and the South. She was a passionate and active supporter for controlled-growth and preservation to maintain the character and quality of life in Mandeville.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Martha Anne Blackman Connors; father, Wilbur Fisk Blackman; sister, Anne Lobdell Blackman; and stepfather, Thomas John Connors.
Mrs. Blackman is survived by her former husband, Kenneth Sollberger; her sister, Elizabeth Ashton Blackman; two sons, Vaughan and Peter Sollberger; daughters-in-law, Stefani and Edie Clair Sollberger; grandchildren, Avery and Adelaide Sollberger; niece, Elizabeth Lobdell Ward; nephew, Lowell Ashton Wheeler and their families, along with her many wonderful cousins of the Kyle and Lobdell families in Franklin, as well as her cat named “Cat”.
A Memorial Service in April will include a viewing of her remaining artwork in honor of her accomplishments.
Donations may be sent to St. Joseph Hospice Foundation, 17732 Highland Road, Suite G, Box 24, Baton Rouge, LA, 70810, (225) 978-2756, www.stjosephhospicefoundation.org.
The family wishes to thank St. Joseph Hospice, Mary, Trenell, Julia, Trellis and Cookie for her care and peace.
Arrangements by Bagnell & Son Funeral Home of Covington, La. To view and sign the family guest book, please visit www.bagnellfuneralhome.com.