Gloria Conwell

HOST 2023 – 4 S. Worthington Rd, Worthington MA (413) 238-4218

Gloria has lived in Worthington, off and on, since the 1950s and now has moved back permanently with no intention of leaving!  She feels there is an atmosphere of creativity in South Worthington which is rare and invigorating.

At Temple University, she majored in Theatre Design then pursued graduate degrees in English and Irish Literature.  She taught at WNEC, Springfield College, and HCC until her husband’s illness pushed her to find something she could do from home and set up her first studio, Aloria Glass.

She learned glass blowing in college, and had done ceramics for years so now has been working with glass for 25 years including the Hot Glass Horizons workshops from 1994 to 2008 and workshops at the Bullseye Glass factory in Portland OR.  She has studied under Gil Reynolds, Shirley Webster, Phil Teeefe, Tim Dorland, and many more.  She did several projects, combining fusing with glass blowing, with Greg Lueck In Vancouver, WA while living in Portland to be immersed in the glass scene there.

Her artistic vision is a complicated mixture of love for South Worthington, love for literature (especially fantastic literature), and love for color.  Despite being partially color-blind she tries to recreate for others the visions in her head where color is rampant and vibrant.

Recent work includes experimenting with manipulating dichroic glass in the kilns to photograph the results.  These photographs are where her love of fantasy and science fiction are apparent, representing alien landscapes, outer space creatures drifting through space, or even alien beings.

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