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Gabriel Bloodworth

Gabriel Bloodworth

"I work with traditional Italian and Scandinavian techniques to create contemporary glass pieces. I pay respect to the rich history of handmade glass, and I am honored to take part in the contemporary glass community."

Glass has played an instrumental part in shaping Gabriel Bloodworth's life. He enjoys the controlled chaos of using organic colors juxtaposed with elegant shapes. He makes work that pays respect to traditional forms but also has a very contemporary sensibility. He uses a wide color palette, from a multi-tonal grayscale to bright and bold primary tones.

Gabriel Bloodworth works in a studio he owns with his father in Springfield, Missouri. Utilizing many different hot- and cold-working techniques, he is able to create unique and intriguing pieces of glass. Using 21st century glass furnaces and simple hand tools, his primary focus is creating glass with a timeless aesthetic.

Bloodworth is a second-generation glass maker. Starting his glass career at the age of sixteen, Gabriel apprenticed under his father, Terry Bloodworth, and in a small glass studio in the Ozark mountains. In the years following, Bloodworth worked with the Corning Museum of Glass and the Pilchuck Glass Institution. He now operates Springfield Hot Glass with his father.

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