Curious and daring in the search for beauty and harmony of forms through the clever use of glass. Her pieces are whimsical and original, the center of a continuous play of light, color and contrast, through the use of high quality glass art.
The artist Gabriella Quercia founded her workshop Art Glass Studio in 1988, and there she combines the skills acquired during her university studies in Architecture in Florence with her apprenticeship in the field of stained glass, which began in the United States and was continued in Rome.
In her laboratory she perfects all the techniques for the processing of artistic glass, including painting with a strong flame and, in particular, glass melting.
Each art project is unique because it is the result of a careful study of the design, a careful selection of materials and colors, and high technical precision in the execution phase.
During her artistic journey there was the discovery of dichroic glass, with which she now creates unique pieces in a contemporary design; these are then rendered even more precious by the art of several goldsmiths with which she has initiated strong partnerships: Tito Livio and Fabrizio Negri, Isabella Bordoni, Maria Cristina Bellucci. In particular, with Tito Livio Negri she has developed an artistic understanding that has led to the creation of a line of light sculptures: unique pieces characterized by structures in wood, metal and stone, into which Gabriella Quercia then embeds her fused glass creations.
The technique used most frequently, especially for large-scale works, is the traditional one of leaded glass.
In the artist's production, glass melting is also of great importance; it consists of the creation of surfaces composed of a collage of glasses of different colors, baked in the kiln at high temperatures until the melting point is reached.
Through glass melting she realizes pieces characterized by the presence of dichroic glass, whose prime characteristic is that of changing colors according to the incidence of the light that hits or passes through it. The first example of dichroic glass dates from the fourth century – specifically the Cup of the mythical king Lycurgus, which, set in a metal cage depicting the exploits of Ambrosia, a follower of the god Dionysus (or Bacchus for the Romans), and changing color from green to red – can be seen as an extension of the skills developed by carvers of gems or sculptors of vases in semi-precious stones. These were artists in the luxury sector who enjoyed enormous prestige in ancient Rome.
Notable works and events
The artist has produced many important works, especially for religious institutions. Prime examples are the stained glass windows for the Cathedral of Capodimonte (Viterbo), 1988; for the Church of St. John the Apostle, Grotte di Castro (Viterbo), 1990-2001; for the Church of San Paolo Converso, Celle sul Rigo (Siena), 1999.
Recent major exhibitions in which the artist has participated with her finest creations include:
Galleria "105 Art", Rome, 2009 and 2011
Cantina Siro Pacenti, Montalcino (Siena), 2011
Bottega d'Arte, Forte dei Marmi (Lucca), 2011
Sala Turchetti, Viterbo (Rome), 2014.
Gabriella works in her laboratory-studio located in Formello, a beautiful area surrounded by greenery, just outside Rome.