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Biography: Gabriela Wilson

Gabriela Wilson

Born in Santiago, Chile, Gabriela Wilson has been influenced by her country’s strong artisanal culture. She enjoys manipulating the properties of glass through kiln casting and hot casting, and is specifically intrigued by how it moves and reacts to its environment. Currently living and working in Toronto, Wilson specializes in glass and metal—particularly copper. “To me, copper represents the past, and glass the future,” said Wilson.

Wilson has studied art, design, jewelry, gemology, and glass at George Brown College, Sheridan College, Pilchuck Glass School, and The Corning Museum of Glass. Her work is represented at many galleries and shops, and has been exhibited internationally in Canada, the United States, and the Czech Republic where she has work in the permanent collection in the Prague Gallery of Czech Glass. She joined artist Nathan Sandberg, first as a student and then as a teaching assistant, in a few of his workshops, including one at The Studio in 2016.

Wilson worked with Sandberg as part of an Instructor Collaborative Residency at The Studio in September 2019. The duo explored the traditional hot-shop methods of pulling cane in an effort to compare and contrast the process with the Vitrigraph methods.