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“Sea of Blooms”–Tiffany Style Art Glass

gallery5“Sea of Blooms”,  original stained glass piece completed December, 2011; signed

Within the artists personal collection of his own stained glass work is this Tiffany Style Art Glass Window.  As the title of the piece reveals, this symmetrical design depicts the borders and features of a floral garden in full bloom.  Composed with eight equal sized panels, the piece demands the viewer to recognize the order and structure associated with a formal garden, the likes of which can be found in gardens throughout the world.  The entire scene takes place under pale blue skies with a hint of soft-billowing clouds to provide depth and contrast.  The yellow and orange-toned borders of the garden are a symbolic reminder of the Sun’s work to create this garden of floral life.  Branches of stemmed green leaves emanating from the borders draw your eye to the emerging blooms yet to take center stage, finally discovering the floral rose in full bloom dominating the center of the piece.  The symmetry and combination of soft but vibrant color composing the piece brings serenity and relaxation, almost as if you are walking through this artful creation.

Similar to the approach used by Louis Comfort Tiffany, Ryan used opalescent glass in a variety of colors and textures to re-create a Tiffany-Style window using the “copper foil” technique.  This technique requires that each piece of cut glass be edged in copper foil before soldering the work into a unified piece, offering  great detail and depth to the finished window.  Ryan has complemented the work with a simple, hand-crafted dark wood frame also constructed by the artist.

Size:  14″ x 32″

Not Available for Sale

Other Pieces Commissionable to Customer Specifications

Contact Ryan Testoni, 412-527-7182

 

 

Spring Garden

gallery2“Spring Garden”,  original stained glass piece completed December, 2012; signed

One of the artist’s first ventures into abstract stained glass works, this piece entitled, “Spring Garden”, captures the excitement associated with the return of Spring after a long winters season.  Set against a background of the spring’s first burst of color emanating from fields of yellow daffodils, narcissus and jonquils, sprinkled with carefully placed rows of vivid red tulips, all of this placed against the melting of winter’s final snowfall.  The red circular feature on the left reminds viewers of the life-giving nature of the warming rays of the Sun in the spring, also resulting in melting snow to nourish new floral life from the soil.  Look carefully and you can imagine the trail of flight created by the seasons first Hummingbird in the top right quarter of the piece, returning from its winter migration to begin its harvest of floral nectar.   The entire piece is framed with earth tones as a reminder that Spring marks the end of earths dormant winter, exciting the beginning of a new season for plant life to re-establish its rightful place in the nurturing soil.

Size:  16″ x 26″,  frameable

Available For Sale:  $800

Commissionable to Customer Specifications

Contact: Ryan Testoni, 412-527-7182

“Manatees”

gallery9“Manatees”Original stained glass piece completed August, 2014; signed and dated

These roly-poly inhabitants of tropical inland waters are the Teddy Bears of the Sea.  Despite their size, these large but graceful, slow-moving mammals are a regular sight off Florida coastal areas and in the rivers feeding the world’s warm water Oceans.  All three species of Manatees are considered vulnerable, facing high risk of extinction in the wild.  Herbivores weighing up to 1,200 pounds, they spend about half of each day grazing about 10% of their body weight.  Evolving from the same land animals as Elephants over 50 million years ago, it is likely that Christopher Columbus and other early explorers mistakenly thought Manatees were mermaids and other mythological sea inhabitants.

Ryan has honored these beautiful sea creatures by creating an original stained glass piece.  Commissioned by an avid admirer of Manatees, Ryan has framed two Manatees in their habitat of warm blue seas among the natural sea grasses upon which they feed.  Using warm tropical colors and soft gray hues to compose the Manatees, Ryan captured the seemingly cuddly and friendly nature of these under water behemoths.

Size:  19″ x 16″

Commissioned Piece:  SOLD. Frameable

Similar Pieces Commissionable for any customer desired animal or sea creature

Contact Ryan Testoni at 412-527-7182

 

“Pittsburgh Penguins in Glass”

IMG_3986“Pittsburgh Penguins in Glass”, Original stained glass piece completed February, 2015; signed and dated

Any fan of the Pittsburgh Penguins Professional Hockey Team will want this one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted stained glass piece to proudly display in their man-cave or as a centerpiece in their sports memorabilia collection.  While the logo is familiar to any Pittsburgh’er, Ryan has carefully selected the glass to assemble and contrast the Penguin Mascot Player, assuring light passing through the prisms of color will make anyplace sparkle like the ice on which team plays hockey.  There are purple-blues to capture the background image of ice on which the team plays, the greens in the triangle are reminiscent of the shape of the City of Pittsburgh formed by the confluence of the Three Rivers at the Point, and black and brownish-gold glass brings the team colors into focus.  The entire piece is framed in smoke tainted glass to remind viewers of the long history the Pittsburgh Penguins have as an integral part of the Steel Production community from which Pittsburgh Penguins Fans are drawn.

Size:  20″ x 26-1/2″

Available For Sale:  $525, frameable

Commissionable in a variety sizes

Contact Ryan Testoni at 412-527-7182

 

 

The Celtic Cross Series–Original Stained Glass Artwork Uniquely Executed

gallery3An early symbol of the pre-Christian Sun God, Taranis, more recent mythology claims the Celtic Cross was introduced by St.  Patrick to the first Christian converts during the time he spent in what is now Ireland.   Over time it has evolved to become an important icon representing the convergence of higher Christian values with the life-sustaining Sun as the critical pathway to spiritual and physical well-being.  Much symbolism has been attributed to this widely-recognized cross, but it’s more common interpretation makes the cross indicative of the human desire to know and experience the unfolding of the mystery of life.  In some cultures, the Celtic Cross can also represent navigation, in effect a symbolic compass, guiding us through both the physical and spiritual sea of life.

I have tried to bring the Celtic Cross to a life with a series of stained glass pieces, each uniquely designed and carefully executed to illuminate and affirm both traditional and contemporary forms of the Cross.  The artistic intent of the collection is to present the cross in a variety of stained glass settings, drawing your eyes, focus and thoughts on a centered, symbolic pathway towards finding the right direction, setting your spirit on solid ground.  As you observe each of the pieces in the Series, think about what the color and shapes mean to your desire to know and experience Nature, Wisdom, Personal Direction and Self.

Look for the pieces in the following Blogs as they will be introduced as they are designed and completed.  Should you desire to create a Celtic Cross that will say something special to you, I am more than happy to assist you to bring meaning and life in the form of your own uniquely designed and artistically executed Celtic Cross.

Contact me at 412-527-7182

 

“Angel Blessed”

 

image001“Angel Blessed”,  original stained glass piece completed December, 2014; signed

Second in the Celtic Cross Series.

While men and women stand equal before God, women have traditionally played foundational roles as the life-givers and family leaders in many Christian cultures.  An early symbol of the pre-Christian Sun God, Taranis, more recent mythology claims the Celtic Cross was introduced by St.  Patrick to the first Christian converts during the time he spent in what is now Ireland.   Over time it has evolved to become an important icon representing the convergence of higher Christian values with the life-sustaining Sun as the critical pathway to spiritual and physical well-being.

In this 2nd in the Celtic Cross Series, Ryan merges the life-giving symbol of the Sun taken from the more traditional Celtic Cross images with a contemporary feminine depiction of the Cross.  In this piece, Ryan has solidly anchored the cross to the foot of the frame, giving the central cross a sense of stability, but he has softened the lines of the cross to offer a more free-flowing and compassionate feel to the piece.  He illuminates this piece with bright yellow glass to bring focus to the life-giving rays of the Sun and the feminine imaging of the cross.  The variety of blues composing the cross associates the feminine imagery with trust, loyalty, faith, truth and heaven.

Size:  14” x 18″, frameable

Available For Sale:  $450

Commissionable to Customer Specifications

Contact: Ryan Testoni, 412-527-7182

 

“Irish Blessed”

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Irish Blessed”, an original stained glass piece completed October, 2014; signed and dated

First in the Celtic Cross Series.

An early symbol of the pre-Christian Sun God, Taranis, more recent mythology claims the Celtic Cross was introduced by St.  Patrick to the first Christian converts during the time he spent in what is now Ireland.   Over time it has evolved to become an important icon representing the convergence of higher Christian values with the life-sustaining Sun as the critical pathway to spiritual and physical well-being.

This 1st in the Celtic Cross Series depicts a central cross in three dimensional form, providing the eye a sense of life, movement and flotation.  The dominant reds of the piece depict energy and strength as well as passion, desire and love, offset by the earthy brown tones of the centered cross,  offering calmness, comfort and stability to the overall impact of the piece.

Size:  14” x 17-1/2″, frameable

Available For Sale:  $450

Commissionable to Customer Specifications

Contact: Ryan Testoni, 412-527-7182

“Smithfield Bridge Alive”

gallery4Smithfield Bridge Alive, an original stained glass piece completed October, 2014; signed and dated

A long-time icon of Pittsburgh, the Smithfield Bridge was a triumph of innovative design when built in 1883, erected with locally-sourced open hearth steel and wrought iron.   Nick-named ‘the kissing fish bridge”, it crossed the Monongahela River connecting the immigrant neighborhoods of the South Side with Downtown.

This  abstract stained glass piece exemplifies the important role man-created, architecturally functional structures unexpectedly assume to connect communities by becoming an integral part of the fabric that integrates and sustains people’s lives in urban settings.

Size:  19” x 15-1/2″

Available For Sale:  $400

Contact Ryan Testoni at 412-999-6453

 

 

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