Artist Richard Ritter (1940– ) studied art at the Detroit Society of Arts and Crafts (now the College for Creative Studies) and worked as an advertising illustrator for five years. He returned to the Society in 1968 to teach and to enroll in further courses, leading to his discovery of glass. Ritter switched to hot glass full time, studying and teaching at the Penland School of Craft, where he also was an artist-in-residence from 1973 to 1977. Ritter has worked out of his own North Carolina studio since 1980. He is especially associated with his use of colored glass cane.