Ryan was 15 when he started learning about glass. He would be in the hotshop on weekends and after school until graduating high school in 1991. After graduation, Ryan spent more time at the hotshop and continued to learn.
Ryan started going to the Pilchuck Glass School in the mid-1990’s and went back several times over a period of eight years.
In 2000, the Bavin’s felt that they were outgrowing their garage in Windermere and decided to look for a bigger facility to operate in. In May, 2001, the Bavins moved to where they are currently located on the way into Invermere, on Athalmer Highway.
In October 2018, the Bavin Family closed their door as Pat Bavin retired from running a retail storefront in order to pursue life as a full time Artist and Forest Therapy practitioner. In the following months Ryan worked to reimagine and renovate his studio at the back of the shop. The front end that used to contain the gallery was cut off, shrinking the space to about half; simplifying things and making it possible for Ryan to continue blowing glass. The space was reworked to include a small gallery where people can come to enjoy handcrafted art, meet the artists, and if you’re lucky – watch them blow glass! The doors to Bavin Studios opened in May 2019!