Raven Skyriver started blowing glass in high school at age sixteen. His mentor, Lark Dalton, taught him how to build glassblowing equipment and trained him in Venetian technique. Invited to join the William Morris Studio team in 2003, he worked with the team until 2007, when William Morris retired. The experience of working with such a talented group of people motivated him to pursue glass sculpting as a profession.
Raven lives near Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, Washington. He has exhibited his work across the U.S. and internationally and has taught workshops in the US, Canada, Turkey, and Japan. He ascribes his focus on marine life and his awareness of our fragile ecosystem to having grown up on Lopez Island, where he spent much of his time on the water. Raven describes his work in these words: “My work is almost exclusively derived from the marine ecosystem. I attempt to place the creatures back in their environment by capturing the fluid nature in molten glass and transferring it into the perceived weightlessness of a swimming creature. I always strive to imbue the work with a hint of life.”