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 […]