May 5: Ithaca Marriott Downtown on the Commons

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Ithaca Marriott Downtown on the Commons 120 South Aurora Street

Ryan grew up in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains and Chapel Hill, North Carolina, spending her formative years surrounded by nature and learning to make art out of clay. After going to school for ceramics, Ryan received a BFA in Crafts/Material Studies with a focus in glass from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2006. Determined to broaden her glass horizons, Ryan moved across the country to Seattle, WA, a major epicenter in the glassworking community. She happily immersed herself in the wonderful world of studio glass by learning from some of her glass heroes and continuing her glass education.

In 2010, Ryan started traveling the world blowing glass for entertainment and sharing her love of the material with guests on Celebrity Cruises with the Blow Glass at Sea chapter of the Corning Museum of Glass. She had a source of endless inspiration for her glass creations in her oceanic surroundings and the many countries and cultures she was lucky enough to experience. After six years as a glassblowing sailor Ryan turned in her fins and finally put down roots in the beautiful Finger Lakes region in a city very rich in glass history, Corning, NY. The work displayed here is a sampling of pieces she enjoys making.

Please check out her website at http://www.ryandoolittle.net for more examples of her work.

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