Ryan Gardner - Below the Surface
Artist: Ryan Gardner, Colorado
Materials: 22K gold, sterling silver, pyrite included quartz
Dimensions: H 33mm, ring top 26 x 31mm, band width 5mm
Artist Statement: The quartz is hand carved on the bottom of the stone adding a depth to the stone by playing with the layers of the natural pyrite inclusions and the carving. The rest of the ring is hand fabricated from 22K gold and sterling silver creating a step affect to the top of the stone.
Artist Bio: 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.
Watch a video of this ring HERE!
Rings from this collection will ship or be available for pick up after the competition concludes on April 29.