With more than 24 years experience melting glass, Bryan Ratcliffe is a contemporary borosilicate artist who lives and works in the Front Range of Colorado. His new line of "Bangin Mugs," horn slide mugs, and slurpin mugs pay an homage to the legendary smoke ware artist movement of the 21st century.
2022 has been a pivotal year with the launch of the "Bangin Mug" growing four-fold as a prominent brand on social media platforms. Bryan placed top 3 in the Drinking Vessels category in GlassVegas, won the shot glass competition with a BigZ collaboration at the DFO Family reunion, earned a spot in the New Glass Review 42 at Corning Museum, had two articles written up about his glass journey in a newspaper, and a mini-documentary produced by an AP journalist. Bryan is excited to keep bringing fresh new ideas to the borosilicate space. He is very grateful to all his collectors and enthusiasts around the world.
As a young artist, Bryan was recognized nationally for his artistic talents earning 5 Gold Keys at the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards in 1995. He began working with glass at Western State University in 1999 while exploring all mediums and attaining his Bachelor of Fine Arts in 3D/Ceramics.
Bryan has been able to travel and participated in DasMeltDown in Germany. He joined the Roor Crew for a series of collaborations (2017). He also attended the Venice Glass Week 2017, working with the Ballerin Brothers in Murano. He attended the Gass Conference in St. Pete's, Florida 2019. He also traveled and demoed in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2020.
When not melting glass, the artist's other passions include travel, cooking, mountain biking, backcountry snowboarding, gardening, and inventing.
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