Artist and glass sculptor Christopher Ries grew up on a farm in central
Ohio. He earned his Bachelors Degree in Fine Art at the Ohio State University in
1975. He received his Masters of Fine Art from The University of Wisconsin at
Madison in 1978. During his time in Madison Ries was research assistant to the
Founder of the American Studio Glass Movement, Harvey K. Littleton.
Ries founded the glass department at The Ohio State University and was its first
instructor as an undergraduate student. He also ran a glass blowing studio for
two summers at Mineral Point, Wisconsin while in graduate school. Mr. Ries
opened a studio at 70 N. Monroe Avenue in Columbus, Ohio after graduate school
and developed his cold working skills and understanding of optics.
It was in 1979 that Ries made an effort to find the ultimate glass sculpting
material. His search led him to Schott Optical in Duryea, Pennsylvania.
learn more about Schott click here) Ries experimented with many glass types
produced at Schott over the next few years in his Columbus, Ohio studio. In 1986
Ries had earned the respect of Schott’s President, Dr. Franz Herkt, and was
offered studio space at the Pennsylvania factory. Mr. Ries has been a non paid,
independent contractor there ever since, with the title “Artist-in-Residence.”
Christopher Ries has produced the largest whole, unassembled pieces of crystal
sculpture known. The work is in many museums and fine art collections around the
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