Ryan Teurfs, Contemporary Borosilicate Glass Artist
Ryan Teurfs began his journey with glass in 1996 in his back yard shed in Arcata, California. He has been making a living as a full-time self-employed flameworker ever since. In 1997, his flameworking skills and his mind for business culminated to form 101 North Glass. Within the first three years of operation, 101 North was among the largest glass pipe manufacturing companies in the world with a wholesale catalog of over 250 items in production employing over 50 people and its rise and fall is credited by many as having helped carve the path for what is today, a vibrant functional American borosilicate glass art industry.
The 101 North chapter ended in 2003 leaving him with little more than intellectual property. After the dust settled Ryan turned back to his torch with an emphasis on research and development. Years of re-grouping, teaching and flameworking glass in his home studio followed during which time he refined his skills and broadened his scope as an artist.
Today, Ryan is known among his peers for developing new technique and pushing the boundaries of borosilicate flameworking. A day in the life of Ryan’s torch might witness the creation of a matching set of wine glasses, a large-scale honeycomb millefiori cane, a gallery-ready marble, and a few pendants to mention only a few products he creates regularly.
Uninhibited by an audience, Ryan demonstrates his skills with enthusiasm and enjoys engaging people in conversation while on the torch. As much as he is a flameworker, Ryan is a facilitator of people coming together over glass. He has enabled and empowered many to pursue a career in flameworking. These days Ryan works at his studio in Sebastopol, California - West County Glass - where he continues to develop new techniques and share his artistry.