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.
Luna Ryan first visited Australia in 1981 from the Netherlands during a journey discovering parts of the world other than Europe.
Initially she attended courses in stained glass but after finding the format limiting she enrolled at Australian National University 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. Since 1991 she has been based at 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, part of the Tiwi Islands north of Darwin. After the success of the first workshop she was invited back and it was then that she developed an artistic partnership with Tiwi artist Jock Puautjimi. In 2005 Ryan received a substantial grant from the ACT Government to continue this collaboration.
Puautjimi and Ryan are currently working towards an exhibition at Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre which will include cast glass Pukumani Poles (Tiwi burial poles), and Ryan's own work.
Ryan will be conducting kiln casting classes at the Canberra Glassworks.
|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|
|2006:||Tac, Australian National University School of Art Foyer Gallery - Canberra|
|2006:||2 Materials, Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre - Canberra|
|2005:||Conversations in 3D, Australian National Capital Artists Gallery - Canberra|
|2005:||Southern Lights, Light Square Gallery - Adelaide|
|2005:||Bountiful: An Ode to Autumn, Kamberra Wine Company - Canberra|
|2005:||Effen Glass, Australian National Capital Artists Gallery - Canberra|
|2004:||Eccentric Ensemble, Australian National Capital Artists Gallery - Canberra|
|2003:||The Variable Speed of Light, Australian National Capital Artists Gallery - Canberra|
|2003:||Ausglass Members Exhibition, Contemporary Art Gallery - Fremantle, WA|
|2002:||A Journey, New Crystal Work, Australian National Capital Artists Gallery - Canberra|
|2006:||ACT Project Grant|
|2002:||ACT Cultural Development Grant|
|2000:||ACT Cultural Development Grant|
|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|