Friends of the Makers Guild Studio Visit

It was lovely to have the Friends of the Makers Guild of Wales in the studio last week where I demonstrated some of the techniques I use and show some work in progress for my upcoming exhibition…https://www.christianryan.com/events/2017/9/2/makers-showcase-craft-in-the-bay

If you're interested in becoming a friend of the Maker Guild take a look here… http://www.makersguildinwales.org.uk/makers-guild-in-wales/friends/become-a-friend

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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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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.

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

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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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Ewenny 900 Medieval Fayre

Ewenny 900 Medieval Fayre was a great success. The sun shone all day and there was a great turn out. I made a stained glass panel over the day with lots of curious onlookers and I had the pleasure of the company of Alun and Jayne from Ewenny Pottery and Marvin the basket weaver who makes the cyntell. A traditional craft showcase! And I had to get in character hence the monk outfit! The battle re-enactment guys were great but the musicians stole the show for me. I've alway loved the hurdy gurdy and was the first time I'd heard it played live.

Photos are courtesy of Louvain Rees. http://hellohistoria.blogspot.co.uk

CEW Awards 2015

Two projects that I've been involved with have been shortlisted for this years Constructing Excellence in Wales Awards 2015 with Penarth Learning Community winning the 'Integration & Collaborative Working Award' and also 'Project of the Year'. Congratulations to the the Vale of Glamorgan Council, HLM Architects Cardiff and Leadbitter - A Bouygues UK Company.

I was one of the artists commissioned to work on the project by EMP Projects as part of a multi discipline arts programme working across the schools. The commission involved designing 125m2 of coloured curtain wall glazing at all of the building entrances. Designs were made after running a series of drawing workshops with all the schools generating a wealth of visual material to draw on.

The glass was made by Proto Studios who specialise in printing ceramic enamels onto glass. The transparent colours work when the building is viewed from the exterior and also flood colour on the interior when the sun passes by.

The other shortlisted project was another Vale of Glamorgan project for Ysgol Gymraeg Nant Talwg by ISG where I designed clerestory glazing that was also made by Proto Studios. The Vale of Glamorgan were also shortlisted as client of the year.

Congratulations to all the winners and thanks for the opportunity to be involved such great projects.

Making The Lodge Window

Work is nearly complete on the stained glass panel commissioned by The Cathedral School, Llandaff to commemorate the opening of The Lodge, 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 drawing workshops making and drawing leaves and seeds. The drawings were then collaged to make the final design.

In the images you can see the design board and the various stages of the glass being cut, painted, fired and leaded together.

 

The Evangelists Installation

Last week saw the installation of some new work in St Gertrude's RC Church in Bermondsey, London. The panels depict the symbols of the four evangelists and use the elemental colours as the background. They were made using traditional stained techniques; antique glass, leading, acid etching, painting and staining.

It's been a great project to work on and was fantastic to see them in place!