Joseph Ring majored in fine art at the University of Minnesota before traveling to St. Mary’s College of Art & Design, Ontario, to study the craft of stained glass in 1971. From 1972 to 1974 he worked as an apprentice in the stained glass firm of Leo Popper & Sons in New York City. Upon his return to Minnesota in 1975 he established his own studio, J. Ring Glass. Since then he has worked as a professional glass artist in the areas of glass etching, beveling, stained glass, torch working, and glass fusing. His experience with these various techniques has culminated in the creation of art pieces that are unique expressions of his love of glass. His pieces are notable not only for his command of the use of color, but for his interest in contrasting the transparent and reflective properties of colored glass.