Gloria Badiner is a former scientist and studio artist living and working in rural Southwest Michigan. Her studio, Arts & Artifacts makes commissioned and custom kiln formed glass for architects, designers and furniture makers. Commissioned work includes cast panels, high relief tiles and sculptures as site-specific installations in businesses and residences. Her sculptures include fused, kiln cast, sand cast and dalle de verre works mostly on an intimate scale and are often mixed with copper, silver, stone, bone and found elements. The themes of night and day, nature and human ritual are strong themes woven into her work. The most recent three-dimensional exhibitions display a commonality of “The Offering”. A series of kiln cast bowls filled with cast, fused and found objects honoring the needs of humans, i.e. food, medicine, fire, family, art and creativity. Recent two-dimensional works include a series of cast glass panels for a wall waterfall installation and a commission for an Embassy in Washington DC.
Gloria also serves as a technical consultant to the glass and ceramic industry and teaches kiln forming throughout the United States.