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Christian Ryan

Christian is an award winning stained glass artist. Over the last nineteen years he has been commissioned to create glass artwork all over the United Kingdom and abroad, from public projects to private commissions.

In 2012 he established his studio in Ewenny near Bridgend to focus on designing and making stained glass using traditional techniques. He is an associate member of The British Society of Master Glass Painters and has taught on the stained glass degree programme at Swansea School of Art. In 2016 won the Made By Hand Best Maker in Wales award. He is also a member of the Makers Guild in Wales.

Christian undertakes commissions and also exhibits nationally. Individual panels are available to purchase from the workshop, the online shop and in Craft In The Bay, Cardiff.

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The Workshop

The workshop is situated just outside Bridgend in the village of Ewenny, next door to Ewenny Pottery and across the road from Claypits. You can view portfolios, samples and make enquiries. There is also a selection of stained glass works by Christian available to purchase. The workshop is open to the public every Saturday 10am-4pm. Normal business hours are Monday-Friday 8am-5pm however due to the nature of the business work is often carried out on site so the workshop is not always open so it’s best to book a time to visit in the weekdays if planning a trip.

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The Approach

 

The techniques used in Christian's work have remained virtually unchanged for centuries. A scale design is drawn and then a full-size drawing is made, called the cartoon. A tracing is taken from the cartoon with lines indicating where the glass should be cut. This is called the cutline drawing.

Glass

Mouth blown and rolled glass is selected, cut, painted and fired to create detail, texture and shading to control the light. Sometimes the addition of silver stain is added to create yellow to amber colour accents and highlights. The glass is then leaded together, soldered, cemented and cleaned resulting in the finished panels.

Glass Painting & Stains

The process is very labour intensive and requires a number of different skills at each stage, from creation of the design to painting and leading the panels.