Detail from Completed Transom Glass (click pictures to enlarge)   Client Brief: To use a salmon motif and, if possible, include an eagle and an otter. I designed this work to compliment the existing architecture (exterior stonework portcullis) in a way that would utilize the available natural light to both emphasize the work, and create […]

Charles Gabriel_"TIMING"_hand carved art glass wall-mounted sculpture, kil-fired, frit-worked, with standoffs from stainless background

  If every aspect of an event were to be considered – from the mechanics required through to the causal effects, then an event’s “Timing…”  could equally be thought of as a critical metric… With an intentionally ambiguous focal point, this work considers that no action happens in isolation, and therefore priority should not be focused on any one element, […]

The frame for “WTTM” was made using an edge-grain fir door blank. Although the carved glass has been tempered, allowing the door to safely be used as such, the powder-coated steel stand stand is designed to accent the piece. As a door, the work represents a portal, or transition between two realities – the known and familiar on […]

Charles Gabriel_Sculptural Glass_hand-carved and kiln-fired art glass_"Salmon Run"_detail from completed transom glass showing tribal face and fish images with contrasting background texture

 Transom detail (click pix to enlarge) Design: This glasswork was created specifically for the clients and their site installation. The “Salmon Run” design is based on the life cycle of the salmon, in which the fishes life journey begins and ends at the same waterway. The stylized salmon in the design are both swimming away from, and […]

Charles Gabriel_Glassworks_ for artist, Marianne Nicolson_Rivers Monument_Completed bent, tapered, colored, laminated, sculpted, lighted, art glass sculptures installed onsite at YVR International Airport, Vancouver BC_ 2014 A

In early 2012, I was approached by artist, Marianne Nicolson about creating a pair of vertical glass columns representing the Columbia and Fraser rivers. The glass would include carved designs specific to the indigenous history of each waterway. These sculptures would be 22’ high and topped with a 4’ wood carving. The columns would be cylindrical and […]

Charles Gabriel_Sculptural Glass_hand-carved and kiln-fired art glass_"Chocolate"_ side view of carved and kil-worked glass mounted on wall with stainless hardware

 Chocolate (2005) This is the first in a series studying connection/disconnections. It seems that while the world continues to become more connected virtually, there is a simultaneous disconnect between the physicality of things. We enjoy the convenience but are removed from the process. “Chocolate” uses the glass as a cutaway showing both the mechanics and the effect […]

Charles Gabriel_Sculptural Glass_hand-carved and kiln-fired architectural art glass_"MELROSS"_ interior railing carved and hi-fired with red frit

Client Interests: Cycling – Red Wine – More Cycling… “Melross”is from 2007. Specific to the dynamic clients, the design intent was to reference cyclic action and progressive outward growth/movement. Lives are represented by circular patterns, like orbits, connected by transect lines, with smaller milestones popping up and creating their own set of orbits – who’s paths would […]

Charles Gabriel_Sculptural Glass_hand-carved and kiln-fired art glass_"Pinnacle"_sandblasted carving detail 2

(2014)   Design Intent: To create an 8 foot vertical glass divider sympathetic to the existing architecture of client’s master en suite.      Although the aesthetic aim is to create an interesting piece of glass, I also feel responsible for the resources used in its construction. As each piece is created entirely by hand, […]

Charles Gabriel_Sculptural Glass_hand-carved and kiln-fired art glass_"Progress Trap"_detail of circular "life ring" design

“Progress Trap” is a distillation of an idea, as the design has gone through a few reworkings in an attempt to convey the concept within a balanced aesthetic.     I first came across the term in Ronald Wright’s 2004 book, “A Short History of Progress”. The Progress Trap refers to the methodology in which countless civilizations have failed under […]


Charles Gabriel_Sculptural Glass_hand-carved art glass_Koi fish images_1

    2013. These Koi panels were more of a decorative project, but a lot of fun to create. The client lived and breathed everything Koi, and as a master breeder, traveled the world with his passion.