Ryan Gardner

Participation in the arts was always important to me growing up. A strong arts program in high school influenced my decision to pursue a degree in the arts. I chose the arts program at Bowling Green State University in northwest Ohio where I discovered and fell in love with metals. I was introduced to many artists, including Michael Boyd, who became an inspiration for me. Upon graduation I apprenticed for Michael Boyd at his studio in Colorado. That experience turned into an eight year adventure that continues today. It was with Michael that I learned to work with and manipulate stone, adding a new element to my love of jewelry design. Since being in Colorado I have started my own business, Ryan Gardner Designs. I now showcase my work in galleries across the country. I love working with combining stone and metal in new ways creating works of art for people to enjoy in their daily lives. 

What Students are saying:

"Ryan Gardner is a joy to have as an instructor. He is not only fun and relaxed he comes prepared and full of useful tips and information. He shares freely of his knowledge and techniques and I will takes every class he offers. He is a beautiful artist and I am greatly inspired." - Marcia G. - 2023