Ryan is part of West County Glass, a glass art studio, supply shop and gallery. They are dedicated to hand-crafting high quality, affordable glass products and to sharing our craft through live demonstration, instruction and access to raw materials and equipment. Check out their page to view workshops and associated artists!
Ryan began his journey with glass in 1996 crafting glass with a Carlisle torch that he shared with his roommate in his back yard shed in Arcata, CA. Ever since, he has been making a living as a full-time, self-employed, glassblower. In 1997, his glassblowing skills and business acumen culminated to form 101 North Inc. Within the first three years of operation, 101 North was the largest glass pipe manufacturing company in the world with a wholesale catalog of over 250 items in production employing over 50 people and is credited by many as having helped carve the pathway for what is today a vibrant, functional glass art industry.
In 2003, Ryan moved on from 101 North and turned back to his torch with an emphasis on research and development. Years of re-grouping, teaching, and glassblowing in his home studio followed during which time he refined his skills and broadened his scope as a glassblower.
Today, Ryan is known among the glassblowing community for developing new techniques that have pushed the boundaries of borosilicate flame working. These days, a single day in the life of Ryan's torch might witness the creation of a precision, one-piece wineglass set and matching stopper, two to three line work millefiori canes, including a new, never seen before design, a gallery-ready marble, a private glassblowing lesson and maybe a few business card holders or tea light candleholders for the retail gallery. A jack-of-all-trades glassblower uninhibited by an audience, Ryan seizes opportunities to share his craft.
As much as he is a glassblower, Ryan is a facilitator of people coming together over glass. He has enabled and empowered many to pursue a career in glassblowing. Ryan can be found at his shop, West County Glass, in Sebastopol working with his wife Brenna, and next to new and long time friends in the industry where they continue to develop their glassblowing skills, sell their art work, and introducing new enthusiasts to glassblowing.