Teri Walker and Chad Ridgeway began RidgeWalker Glass in 2009 with the desire to create glass sculpture which reflected their whimsical way of life and surroundings.
Teri began blowing glass in 1987 at Ontario College of Art in Toronto, Canada, where she completed her Bachelors degree. She then attended Rhode Island School of Design. After a residency at Harbor Front in Toronto, she came to the New Orleans School of Glassworks to teach kids and adults the art of glassmaking.
Chad’s initiation to glass started when he was in high school and his grandfather taught him how to make glass beads. He would then craft them into jewelry to sell. Later, he worked as a professional chef in Paris, France, but yearned to create art and thus began working in a bronze foundry with several sculptors teaching him the art of metal working; welding, casting and chasing to create museum quality bronze sculpture.
When Teri and Chad met, they decided to combine their creative forces to make one of a kind, whimsical sculpture inspired by the culture and wildlife of Southern Louisiana. Whilst working together they inevitably fell in love and married to create a union that is their life and work – spending their time recreating the world as they see it.