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Luna Ryan

Luna Ryan
Artist's statement

Ryan works on an intuitive basis. Personal and general stories are transformed into composite glass tableaux. The tableaux often feature abstracted figures, and at times are combined with vessels. More recently Ryan has been combining found objects and glass. Most recently Ryan started to recycle television screens.

Usually she makes a quick sketch of the idea or forms to be included in her work, then proceeds to make three dimensional objects, often out of clay, sometimes out of cardboard or wood. The next step is to make master molds of these forms, from which she makes waxes, these are then invested into final molds and steamed out, then placed in the kiln so the mould can be filled with glass. Ryan mainly uses lead crystal which after firing is cold worked.

Recent work
Bear Island
  • Bear Island, 2011
  • Kiln cast Blackwood Crystal
  • Dimensions: 12 x 12 x 12 cm
  • Photo: Luna Ryan
A Day Around Town (detail)
  • A Day Around Town (detail), 2012
  • Kiln cast recycled television screen and Blackwood crystal components
  • Dimensions: 35 x 30 x 50 cm approx
  • Photo: Luna Ryan
A Broken Performance
  • A Broken Performance, 2012
  • Battered television Screen and kiln cast Blackwood crystal component
  • Dimensions: 16 x 53x 10 cm
  • Photo: Rob Little
A Double Sided Story
  • A Double Sided Story, 2013
  • Kiln cast television screen, metal stand
  • Dimensions: 34 x 49 x 9.5 cm
  • Photo: Rob Little

A Tunnel Adventure
  • A Tunnel Adventure, 2011
  • Kiln cast television screen and blackwood crystal
  • Dimensions: 16 x 35 x 35 cm
  • Photo: Luna Ryan
Inaugural MAMA’s ( Music Act Music Awards)
  • Inaugural MAMA’s ( Music Act Music Awards), 2011
  • Kiln cast television Screens and Bullseye inserts
  • Dimensions: 18 x 12 x 5 cm
  • Photo: Luna Ryan

Luna Ryan first visited Australia in 1981 from the Netherlands, during a journey discovering parts of the world other than Europe. In 1987 she enrolled at the then Canberra School of Art, Glass workshop in 1987, headed by Klaus Moje. After gaining skills in blowing glass and kiln casting, she obtained her Bachelor of Arts in 1990, and received the Australian National University Award.
Since graduating Ryan has run a full studio-based art practice, as well as conducting field trips overseas and around Australia. From 2001 until 2008 she was based at ANCA [Australian National Capital Artists] studios in Canberra. She has exhibited widely in Australia having had three solo exhibitions, and has been a regular attendee at major glass conferences in Australia and overseas.
In 2003 Ryan was invited to conduct a glass workshop at Tiwi Design, the art centre on Bathurst Island north of Darwin. Here she developed an artistic partnership with Tiwi artist Jock Puautjimi, working with him over the next 10 years. With the assistance of grants from the ACT Government and Visions Australia, they developed and toured their collaborative works under the Exhibition name Mamana Mamanta (Gradual friendship).
The last step from their 10 years of collaboration was exhibited at the Canberra Glassworks, under the title Parlingarri Mamanta (long-term friendship) in 2013.
Over the last few years Ryan has been using recycled/found objects and recycled televisions screens in her art works.
She designed and made the inaugural MAMA ( music act music awards), and has been collaborating with various artists.
The last 7 years she has been working, teaching, guiding and mentoring at the Canberra Glassworks.
Luna received the Canberra Critic Circle award twice, once alone and once together with Jock.
Her works are in collection of Canberra Museum and Gallery, some of the collaborative works with Jock Puautjimi are in the National Gallery of Australia collection.

Selected exhibitions
2014:   The Tree, Canberra Glassworks - Canberra
2014:   Awaken , Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre - Canberra
2013:   Intensity of Purpose, 21 Years of ANCA, Canberra Museum & Gallery - Canberra
2013:   Parlingarri Mamanta-Longtime friendship, Canberra Glassworks - Canberra
2013:   Anima, Tuggeranong Arts Centre at Lanyon - Lanyon, ACT
2012:   Signature, Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre - Canberra
2012:   Alphabet, Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre - Canberra
2011:   Rituals, Relics and Icons, ANCA Gallery - Canberra
2011:   Magic, Strathnairn Gallery - Canberra
2011:   Creative Alchemy, Belconnen Arts Centre - Canberra
2011:   Uncontained: 40th anniversary of CraftACT, Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre - Canberra
2011:   Drink, Canberra Glassworks - Canberra
2010:   Vessel, Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre - Canberra
2010:   Luna Ryan, Glass tableaux and tunnels (solo), Gallery Bodalla - Bodalla, NSW
2008:   ANCA Travelling South, M16 Art Space Gallery - Canberra
2008:   Gather, Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre - Canberra
2007:   A Little Drop of Kindness, Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre - Canberra
2007:   Intimacy, Australian National Capital Artists Gallery - Canberra
2007:   Mamana Mamanta (Gradual Friendship), Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre - Canberra
Selected commissions/awards/grants
2013:   Commission - Music ACT Music Awards
2006:   ACT Project Grant
2002:   ACT Cultural Development Grant
2000:   ACT Cultural Development Grant
Selected publications
2013:   Australian Signatures, Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, p110
2013:   Craft Arts International, , No 89, p 102/103
2011:   Coldiron,C.A., Sculpture and Design with Recycled Glass, Schiffer Publishing USA, p152, 153
2010:   The Glass Cone (UK), winter 2009, issue 89, pp 4-5
2008:   Luna Ryan Glass Artist, a film by Les Herstik, YouTube broadcast
2008:   B. McConchie, Mamana Mamanta (Gradual Friendship), Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre
2006:   A. McMahon, Tiwi Glass, Craft Culture


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