Ryan Spangler has been carving Jade since 2011 after graduating high school and moving south to Santa Barbara from Gualala, California.
He began assisting his grandfather in his JadeNow Contemporary Carving studio, doing mostly apprentice work and getting familiar with the tools. In 2012, Ryan completed his first piece, and his knack for simple and abstract design has been unstoppable since. Ryan is feverous about understanding the Stone of Heaven on all levels, and has absorbed everything he knows through his attentiveness to Masters of the trade. Ryan has traveled to Canada, China and New Zealand to further his knowledge of all that is the global market of Jade, but more importantly it’s inspiring culture. He returned to China for his 4th International Fine Art Invitational this fall, 2017, at age 24.