Carolyn Riley expresses her artistic vision through a variety of materials but especially glass. For Ms. Riley, glass craftsmanship is a family tradition. She is descended from generations of Swedish glass artisans who immigrated to America to work for the Corning Glass Works (now the Corning Museum of Glass). Yet her journey to work with glass has been circuitous. As a young woman she married, began a family and worked as a graphic designer in her hometown, Washington, DC. In her free time she pursued her passion for self-expression through drawing, painting, printmaking and quilting classes. Her love affair with glass art began unexpectedly when she and her husband Ben moved to Chesapeake, VA. Carolyn began taking glass blowing classes at Tidewater Community College, found her calling and has never looked back.
Carolyn has won awards in glass art including an education scholarship from the Virginia Glass Guild in 2014. She has studied nationwide at the Corning Museum of Glass in New York and Virginia Wesleyan College and Tide Water Community College in Virginia. Ms. Riley is proud to have been selected as a Studio Assistant at the Chrysler Museum Glass Studio this year. At the Chrysler she continues to practice her craft while contributing to this educational facility by supporting their operations, classes and daily demonstrations. Forthcoming, Carolyn will have a solo exhibition in Gallery 102 at the Chrysler Museum of Art Glass Studio this fall.