Charles and Michael Riley founded their studio together in 2006—a humble start in the garage next to their home. Since then, they have focused their energy solely on making the best art glass they can using very old techniques with a modern style. Working together on every piece, the two have learned to work with barely a word spoken.
They continue to push themselves with vigor every week regardless of the heat and long hours. They’ve always encouraged the public to watch them work so they can share in the experience and process. The brothers are eager to explain and happy to answer questions, as they hope to spread the knowledge of glassblowing far beyond themselves.
Riley Art Glass Studio is located in the beautiful downtown area of Hot Springs, Arkansas. With the Hot Springs National Park just a stone’s throw away, they always have inspiration on tap! The studio now finds itself inside the former Fire Station #4 built in 1904 (oh, the stories those walls could tell!). After an entire year of remodeling and putting glassblowing on hold, the old firehouse was open again – with new purpose and fire-breathing equipment too!