John Ryszka II began working with glass at Vincennes University, where he took Scientific and Decorative Glass Blowing as an elective. During that same time, John saw an exhibit by an artist whose work included sculptures with incorporated neon lights. John says he couldn’t stay out of the gallery and would make detours in his schedule just to catch a few more glimpses of the moody, aura-invoking art. This exhibit, together with the scientific glass blowing class, had such an impact on him that he decided to study neon instead of graphic art.
John enrolled in the National Neon Institute in Benicia, CA, where the love of glass would take hold of his life. In Benicia, John immersed himself in glass. He studied neon and flame working, started fusing glass, and frequently visited the glass blowing studios to watch and to learn.
In 2003, John moved to Phoenix, AZ to become a full time neon tube bender at Neon Nightscapes. He has continued his studies at the Mesa Art Center, the Sonoran Glass Art Academy, J Street Glass. and most recently in Murano Italy. In 2007, John began teaching at J Street Glass. John now owns and runs Glass Phoenix. His work can be found in stores and galleries, as well as online at www.glassphoenix.org.