Ryan Mellinger began his career as an apprentice glassblower at Simon Pearce Inc. in Quechee, VT. He was soon given his own apprentice and assigned a line of stemware to produce, which he continued to do for three and a half years. In 2001, Ryan moved to Seattle, WA, where he assisted Lino Tagliapietra, taught classes, worked for Chihuly Inc., and maintained and built equipment for the glass shops at Pratt Fine Art Center and the Museum of Glass in Tacoma. In 2007, he presented a solo exhibit in his hometown of Harrisonburg, VA. Currently, Ryan is a production glassblower and technician at Glassybaby LLC. in Seattle, WA, and continues to grow as a glassblower.