Ryan Gothrup Glass

Ryan Gothrup


Ryan Gothrup
355 Saundersville Ferry Rd.
Mt. Juliet, TN 37122


Ryan Gothrup received his B.F.A. from Kent State University and his M.F.A. from Virginia Commonwealth University. Gothrup has been an educator of glassblowing for over 16 years. From youth starting at the age of 10 years old to elderly and students with learning differences, he has taught glassblowing to a wide variety of students. After receiving his MFA, he spent 6 years teaching at the college level and for the past 6 years has been using his mobile glass trailer to educate on location.

Educational Background/Training

MFA- Virginia Commonwealth University
BFA- Kent State University

Work Experience

-Adjunct Faculty 2009 to 2014
Tidewater Community College, Portsmouth VA
Glass Blowing and Introduction to Video Techniques
-Instructor 2006- 2010
Ox-Bow School, Saugatuck MI
Mold Blowing Workshop, Goblet Workshop, Incalmo Workshop, Multi-level Glassblowing
-Adjunct Faculty 2009
Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond VA,
Introduction to Computer Techniques
-Instructor 2008- 2009
Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond VA
Summer Classes – Glass Blowing
-Mobile Glass Studio 2011-2016
Various workshops and demonstrations


$1200/day Demonstrations
$1500/day Workshops
$6000 Glass Education Project

Travel and accommodations are not included.


-All K-12 Students for demonstrations
-6th Grade Level and up for workshops

Educational Programs

  • Glass Education Project: Material-Object-Art
    With the use of a mobile glass studio, the Glass Education Project will expose students to the process of hot glass making. The project consists of four overall components: demonstrations, hand-on workshop, lecture and critiques, and an exhibition of student created works. The first day will consist of demonstrations for the entire student body of the school. The demonstrations enlighten viewers on how science, math, engineering, and art and design are utilized in the creation of glass objects. The second component consists of a hand-on workshop with students from the art department. Within the workshop, students will learn the basics of manipulating hot glass. They will create an object in glass that will be incorporated into a mixed-media project. The workshop will be followed up with an artist lecture and in class demonstration on ways to alter and adhere glass to other materials. In addition, the students will participate in a series of critiques where they will have an open dialogue about their work and ideas. Finally, the students will prepare their work for a gallery exhibition.

    Mobile Glassblowing Experience
    The Mobile Glassblowing Experience brings the artistry and education of glass making beyond the studio walls to your location. Students will experience a multitude of information surrounding the lost art of glassblowing. Glassblowing is an interdisciplinary art form that embodies art, science, math, engineering, and teamwork.


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