The Glass That Art Is Made Of
Ries‘ sculpture ‘Sail‘ was donated to the University of Central Florida by SCHOTT Glass Technologies and is installed in UCF’s School of Optics. It is over four feet tall (125 cm) and weighs more than 400 pounds (180 kg).
SCHOTT Glass Technologies is known the world over as a manufacturer of extremely high optical quality glass. The reason: a production process that allows for refining of the glass, making it nearly bubble- and inclusion-free as well as highly homogeneous. SCHOTT’s customers utilize this material in such highly technical applications as camera lenses for NASA astronauts, ultra-precise ring laser gyroscopes and amplifier discs for the world’s largest lasers. SCHOTT is also a major producer of glass for prescription eyeglass lenses and some of the best known sunglasses. The high quality of SCHOTT glass makes it an ideal medium for artists and designers as well.
Sculptures by Christopher Ries using SCHOTT glass are on display at a number of venues around the world.
SOFA (Sculpture Objects Fine Arts) Exhibition, Navy Pier, Chicago, Illinois, November 2–5, 2001
Solo Exhibition at the Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, Ohio, Fall 2001
Moonstone is a 385 pound (190 kg) glass egg.
Buschlen Mowatt Gallery, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Collectors Fine Art of Hawaii, Koloa, Kaui & Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii
Coplan Gallery, Boca Raton, Florida
Gallerie Rob van den Doel, The Hague, The Netherlands
G.Case Art Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Holsten Gallery, Stockbridge, Massachusetts
J Gallery at the Orchid, Kohala Coast, Hawaii
Light Opera Gallery, San Francisco, California
Miller Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio
The Rachael Collection, Aspen, Colorado
Riley Hawk Galleries, Cleveland & Columbus, Ohio, and Kirkland, Washington