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The Gallery at Barrio Glassworks features beautifully designed, handmade objects by glass artists from San Diego, Southern California and beyond.  We are dedicated to representing artists at all stages of their career — emerging, mid-career and well established. With roots in the American studio glass movement, we focus on innovative contemporary work by artists who work with glass in unique and innovative ways.

In the Gallery

September 19 through Winter 2023

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Michael Hernandez

Michael Hernandez engages glass and light through sculptural forms and experiential spaces, exploiting the unique abilities to capture time and movement. He explores formal fanaticism through objects that excite the senses in visual play and fetishistic tactility. Inspired by West Coast Funk and alternative folk movements, Hernandez embraces unlikely compositions in color and form where the space between seduction and repulsion is stretched, poked, and ruffled. A connoisseur of craft and masseur of material, his practice moves through experimental excursions of processes, from the technically ambitious to the joyously naïve.


Hernandez earned a BFA from Emporia State University (KS) and an MFA from New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University (NY). He has attended residencies and taught workshops on sculptural approaches to glassblowing, kilnforming, and neon at Pilchuck Glass School, Urban Glass, and numerous private and public institutions around the US. Currently, Michael is Associate Professor and head of the glass program at Palomar College. He is on the Board of Directors of the Glass Art Society and served as Editor of GASnews.

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