Michael Ruh, glassblower and Drake alum, now resides in London where he maintains his glass studio. He continues our series that highlights the impacts of Drake Art + Design graduates.
THE MICHAEL RUH STUDIO creates glassware for individuals and luxury brands. All pieces are designed and crafted by master glass-blower Michael Ruh from his studio in South London.
The Studio was founded in 2004 and is a partnership between Michael Ruh and wife Natascha Wahl (a fellow glass-blower), supported by several assistants. The creative emphasis is on a modern, discreet, purist aesthetic with minimal embellishment in harmonious colour palettes.
Alongside working on unique commissions for luxury interior and retail projects the studio produces exquisitely crafted collections of hand-blown glass tableware, objects and lighting, designed and made by Michael Ruh. Production is limited to a handful of pieces per day and all are made from pure, optical-quality glass. Many pieces feature delicate, abstract line-work spun round the inside. These are Michael Ruh’s signature lines – a process of incising into the near-finished shape when hot. The technique has similarities to Bokuseki calligraphy, in the sense that lines must be applied boldly and assertively – there can be no error as the glass records all.
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