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Christopher Ries was born in Columbus, Ohio in 1952. He studied with Harvey Littleton in the 1970s at the University of Wisconsin, where he received his MFA in glass. After a few years of experimentation with glassblowing, he discovered his true direction in working with clear, optical glass.

Unlike most glass artists, Ries neither blows nor laminates glass. Rather, he works in the traditional reductive sculptural mode, starting with a block of solid optical glass and reducing it to his desired form. His luminous works are characterized by their technical perfection and the seemingly magical, ever-changing optical patterns within them. His sculptures range from a few inches high to life-size.



1978 - Master of Fine Arts in glass, University of Wisconsin, Madison

1975 - Bachelor of Fine Arts in ceramics and glass, The Ohio State University


2005 Artist as Hero, National Liberty Museum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Distinguished Artist Award, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

1990 Ohioana Citation for Distinguished Service to Ohio in the Field of Art.

1978-79 Aid to Individual Artists Fellowship, Ohio Arts Council

1974-75 Leo Yassenoff Scholarship

Selected Collections

American Ceramic Society, Ohio

Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, Ohio

Columbus Airport, Ohio

Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, Ohio

Contemporary Arts and Crafts Museum and Gallery, Palm Beach, Florida

Corning Museum of Glass

Goodyear Collection

Governor’s Residence, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Indianapolis Art Museum, Indianapolis, Indiana  

Muncie Public Library, Muncie, Indiana

Museum of American Glass, Wheaton Village, Millville, New Jersey

The Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota

National Liberty Museum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, Louisiana

Otto Schott Centrum, Mainz, Germany

The Patrick Lannon Foundation, Florida

Smart Gallery, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

The University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona

The University of Central Florida, Orlando Florida

Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH

Selected Exhibitions

2018   Dorflinger Factory Museum

2009   Wayne Art Center, Reflections in Glass, Wayne PA

2008   Da Vinci Days Festival, Glass Show, The Corvallis Arts Center, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon

           NEPA Landscape Show, Art of the Land, Everhart Museum of Natural History, Science & Art, Scranton, Pennsylvania

           Pan Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Also 2006

           Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts

           Pan Amsterdam, The Art & Antique Fair for today, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

           Phoenix Airport Museum, Phoenix, AZ

2006   Capturing the Light: Masterworks of Contemporary Glass, Everhart Museum, Scranton, Pennsylvania

           Two Expressions/Two Media, Springfield Museum of Art, Springfield, Ohio

           Oisterwijk Sculptuur, Etienne & Van den Doel, Expressive Glass Art, Oisterwijk, The Netherlands

           The University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico

2002   Acquisition Trust Event, Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando, Florida

2001   Treasures for a Queen: A Millennium Gift to Cincinnati, Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, Ohio

           A Touch of Glass, Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, Ohio

2000   Kunst Rai, Rai Congrescentrum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

           Old State House, Hartford, Connecticut