Gloria Carlos is a sculptor who has continued the process into the creation of jewellery. Her interest in working with metal grew from an early age after time spent working with her father in his workshop. He taught her to weld and a passion grew for working with hammers and anvil. The interest was further fuelled by stories her grandfather told of working in the silver mines in Zacatecas, Mexico.
Born in Southern California in 1959, of Mexican American parents she was exposed early on to pre-Columbian art and stories of revolution.
Each of her pieces of work is individually hand-forged and develop their own life during the working process. Most of her current work is in iron with the addition of fused 18ct and 22ct gold. Her desire is to make work that has continuity, movement and simplicity.
Gloria went to art school in France in the late 1970s and early influences were Rothko, Kline Calder and Rodin and in the early 1980s moved to London exhibiting her sculptures in various galleries and alternative spaces.
It was in the mid 1990s, when Gloria was encouraged by jeweller friends and teachers at St Martin’s and the RCA to experiment more seriously with creating jewellery. Now based in Sussex she is currently learning blacksmithing and in the process of setting up a forge in her workshop.