Made By Hand Favourite

I'm very pleased to have Sue Herdman choose my work as one of her five favourites at this year's Made By Hand this coming November.

A piece of luminous stained glass – and it need only be small in size – can be such a space enhancer. The work that comes from the studio of award-winning artist Christian Ryan is, he says, a combination of his love for ‘painting, graphics, craft and architecture.’ For me it is the mix of a traditional craft, executed with a deft contemporary approach, that makes Christian’s work so beguiling.
— https://goo.gl/cD6MFk
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Stairway Stained Glass

Here's a shot of a newly installed window for a home that had the opportunity to create a stunning feature on the stairway. The design, using my saplings motif, makes the most of the natural light by using beautifully textured hand blown and rolled glass that catch and manipulate the light.

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Last Course Dates

There's only two more dates available for my stained glass courses. Due to needing more space in the workshop and keeping my commissioned workflow going I'll be resting my courses for a while so it's the last opportunity to book a place on the remaining dates!

STAINED GLASS TASTER DAY - Friday 16th June - £120

The stained glass taster day serves as an introduction to the techniques of stained glass. You will have a go at cutting glass and assembling a small panel to take home with you. There's only 4 places on a course so there's plenty of one to one time.

2 DAY STAINED GLASS COURSE - Thursday 18th & Friday 19th May - £240

The two day stained glass course offers a more in depth experience of how to make a stained glass panel. You will learn how to cut glass, draw a design, choose your colours, lead, solder, cement and clean. There's only 4 places on a course so there's plenty of one to one time.

St David Lewis RC Church, Bettws, Newport

The design for the window is a reflection of the history of the church and represents the sentiment in the following words when discussing its founders, ‘Their faith was strong, their spirit relentless, their sacrifices great’

The church is symbolised in the centre of the window with the circular form and paten or communion plate representing the sacrament of Holy Communion and the bringing together of people. This central motif frames all the other symbols.

The words ‘Faith, Spirit, Sacrifice’ are symbolised by using the dove to represent the Spirit, the cross as a symbol of sacrifice, in Christ’s sacrifice for our salvation, and the symbol of the Jesuits referring to St David Lewis, whom the church is dedicated to, as a symbol of faith in his act of martyrdom. Underneath the cross are root like shapes symbolising the roots of the church’s congregation of Irish families. The roots turn into the cross and behind the cross faded in the background is the shamrock leaf, used by St Patrick as a metaphor for the Holy Trinity. The multicoloured flecks moving to the centre of the window represents the welcome to the Church from other cultures of the world with the daffodil, appearing to the left of the cross, reflecting a new home in Wales. The colour blue as well as being a beautiful colour in glass is also a symbol of faith, truth and reflection.

The Lodge Window, The Cathedral School, Llandaff

The Lodge window was commissioned by The Cathedral School, Llandaff to commemorate the opening of the new building that houses the nursery and infant school.

The design was made in collaboration with the pupils and was developed after running a series of workshops with the pupils where we made drawings of leaves and seeds. The drawings were then collaged to make the final design into a tree form with the theme of nurture and growth.

Read more about the making of The Lodge Window

Private Residence, Cowbridge, Vale of Glamorgan

These windows were commissioned for an extension to an old property where a new stone window opening was made to match an existing one on the first floor. The leaf motif was developed to create a patchwork effect of coloured glass over clear reamy and seedy hand blown glass that sparkle and play with the light. The coloured areas were painted with a light wash of glass paint to diffuse the light and let the glass glow, contrasting with the clears. The windows were installed using traditional glazing methods.

The Niblett Panels

This double door was commissioned after meeting the clients in The Contemporary Craft Festival in Bovey Tracey. Each panel depicts an aspect of the interests and passions of their lives, from singing in a choir and collecting ceramics to the allotment and growing auriculas.

Online Shop Launch

I've finally got an online shop! It's taken a while but now you can buy a selection of stained glass decorations and stained glass collage panels. All of the pieces are unique and use traditional stained glass techniques. They are painted using kiln fired glass paints on hand blown and rolled glass then leaded together. I'll be putting some more work on over the next few months, feel free to take a look around… 

Made By Hand Film

Have a look at this great film by R&A Collaborations of Made By Hand 2016. I'm in there and I think I'm talking at one point although to me it sounds like my alter ego…

Made by Hand will showcases a highly selective group of makers & artists set in the sumptuous surrounding of Cardiff's City Hall. This premier event is part of a portfolio of events organised by Sarah James & Nina Fox. Sarah & Nina also organise the multi award winning, The Contemporary Craft Festival in Bovey Tracey and founded Made by Hand at Tredegar House near Newport. http://www.madebyhand-wales.co.uk
Source: https://vimeo.com/193761920

Best Maker In Wales Award

I was very pleased to be awarded the 'Best Maker In Wales' award at this years Made By Hand in Cardiff. It was a real honour to receive the award at such a great show where all the work is of such a high standard. Many thanks to Sarah and the team for putting on such a great event. Looking forward to next year!

Source: http://www.madebyhand-wales.co.uk/Latest-N...

Gallery Nine Summer Exhibition

I'm very pleased to be part of this years summer exhibition at Gallery Nine in Bath. My work has been packed and sent today ready for display. The exhibition is on from Friday 1st Jult - Wednesday 31st August. 

STAINED GLASS
Christian Ryan

AUTOMATA
Robert Race

LIMITED EDITITON PRINTS
Paul Cleden

Andrew Pavitt

JEWELLERY
Samuel Waterhouse

CERAMICS
Anna Lambert

For further information contact Gallery Nine below…

Galley Nine, 9B Margarets Buildings, Bath BA7 2LP

Tel: 01225 319197

info@gallerynine.co.uk

 

 

The Contemporary Craft Festival 2016

I can't believe it's already June and it's time for Contemporary Craft Festival in Devon later this week. It promises to be a great weekend. If you can make it I'll be in Marquee A Stand 29. It's on this Friday to Sunday, 10th - 12th June at Mill Marsh Park in Bovey Tracey.

I've also got two tickets available for the Private View on Thursday evening, 6-8pm. If you'd like them send me an email and I'll put them in the post for you. First come first served!

For all the information, activities and talks take a look here… http://www.craftsatboveytracey.co.uk/

Hope to see you there!

Christian

Source: http://www.craftsatboveytracey.co.uk/

Swansea Glass Beacon

A couple of weeks ago I was at the opening of the Swansea Glass Beacon Project that crowns the newly refurbished ALEX building where glass and industrial design are located. It was a collaboration between the staff from the glass department to create a piece to celebrate the course at swansea and the return to their original location after quite a few years moving around the campus while necessary building works were undertaken.

It was a great day hearing from everyone about the work and how it came about and nice to see old faces of past colleagues and students. Swansea Alumni were invited to submit a symbol or graphic that could be incorporated in the design and they made this great video about it all!

Swansea Glass Beacon Facebook

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