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He’s Back! Asheville Glass Blower Jason Probstein At Mountain Made For the Holidays

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Handcrafted Glass Christmas Ornaments

& Holiday Décor

A Wonderful Family Tradition

Here at Mountain Made, we are proud that since 2010 master scientific glass blower, Jason Probstein has been presenting live glassblowing demonstrations here at our art gallery.

And once again we are proud to announce that Jason will be blowing his unique Christmas ornaments here at Mountain Made from November 20 to December 21, 2020 … Or until his gas tanks run dry!

Jason will be demonstrating from 10:30 AM – 4:00 PM on these 3 days: Fridays, Saturdays & Mondays.

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Asheville Glass blower, Jason Probstein is a trained scientific glass blower. He uses Corning Pyrex glass tubing that have been custom colored to create his wonderful artwork.

He uses a 3000 degree torch to heat and shape his glass art into strong and very durable pieces like his wonderful Christmas tree ornaments and goblets.

Jason received his degree in scientific glass blowing from the Salem Community College and has studied Venetian glass techniques at the Penland School of Crafts.

Jason as a nationally known glass blower has had his glass ornaments and other collectibles displayed in various art galleries and museum gift shops the throughout the Untied States (such as the Smithsonian).

His lightweight, yet durable Christmas ornaments are unique in both their shape, colors and patterns. It is this attention to detail that makes Jason’s work stand out among other glass artists.

COVID Concerns about Our Live Art Demos?

No Problem … We care about you! We have surrounded Jason with plexiglass shields and setup his glassblowing booth near an exterior window. We require all our in-store visitors to wear masks and wait 6 feet apart while shopping.

 

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Click on an image below for a close-up view of Jason at work during past holidays >>

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Master Glass blower creates Christmas ornaments at Mountain Made

Mountain Made is proud to have had Jason display his craft during the holiday season. We invite you to come by the gallery and watch Jason at work.

“Maui in the Mountains?” Basketball Tournament Heads to Asheville

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For the first time ever, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and schedule changes announced by the NCAA, the Maui Jim Maui Invitational is planning to relocate to Asheville, NC.

This tournament (sponsored by Camping World) will be held this year from Nov. 30 to Dec. 2nd.  The Maui Invitational is normally held in Hawaii the Monday through Wednesday before Thanksgiving.

However it was relocated this year because of the coronavirus pandemic and rescheduled due to the NCAA deciding to start their season on Nov. 25, 2020.

The teams expected to participate are Alabama, Davidson, Indiana, North Carolina, Providence, Stanford, Texas and UNLV.

Of course Asheville is no stranger to putting a good foot forward for basketball fans, if you have followed our community support of SoCon (the Southern Conference Basketball Tournament). But while there is not expected to be any public ticket sales, the tournament will be broadcast on national television on ESPN!

For more details click to visit > https://www.exploreasheville.com/2020-maui-invitational-in-asheville-nc/
OR the Harrah’s Cherokee Center > https://www.harrahscherokeecenterasheville.com/

The tournament will be hosted at the Harrah’s Cherokee Center (that’s the old US Cellular Center if you are a long-time Asheville visitor) and just a quick 3 minute walk to Mountain Made Gallery, inside the Grove Arcade.

 

 

COVID Concerns about Our Art Demos? [Safe Holiday Glassblowing Event]

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This Holiday Season – Safe Glassblowing Demonstrations

We invite you to warm up your holiday shopping season with a mesmerizing display of glassblowing magic!

We here at Mountain Made Gallery are thrilled to welcome one of Asheville’s most talented glassblowers, Jason Probstein. Jason will be performing live glassblowing demos creating his colorful Christmas ornaments inside Mountain Made. Check out a schedule of his demos here > Glassblowing Events 

Worried about COVID Protection During Our Live Art Demos?

No Problem … We care about you!

We have surrounded Jason with plexiglass shields and setup his glassblowing booth near an exterior window. We require all our in-store visitors to wear masks and wait 6 feet apart while shopping.

Click on an image below for a close-up view of Jason at work >>

 

We are following the City of Asheville’s COVID 19 guidelines:

Wear a mask (over your nose and mouth)
Wait 6 feet apart (to avoid close contact)
Wash your hands (or use hand sanitizer)
“COVID Safety Bear” Design by Asheville artist Will Hornaday > https://hornadaydesign.com/

Mountain Made Gallery in the News! [WLOS-TV Interview at the Grove Arcade]

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Mountain Made Gallery Owner, Melinda Knies, interviewed by WLOS-TV (Photo Credit: Aimee Hanna)

“The Arcade has been transformed into a wreath-bedecked winter paradise showcasing Asheville’s local craftspeople, restaurants and retailers for the 2020 holiday season.” so says a short write up by our local television station WLOS-TV.

“In their annual Winter Wonderland holiday celebration, the Arcade has been transformed into a wreath-bedecked winter paradise showcasing Asheville’s local craftspeople, restaurants and retailers. The building is adorned with scents of pine and holly, holiday music, and beautiful festive décor warming the historic architecture of the Grove Arcade halls.”

Melinda Knies, the owner/manager here at Mountain Made gallery was selected to share her views and insights as one of the Arcade’s local businesses. Melinda’s interview starts at 15 seconds!

CLICK TO WATCH INTERVIEW

The Year 2020 Book is Here & for Sale!

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THE YEAR 2020

“Together We Can Do Anything”

The End to Our 5 Month Interactive Public Art & Writing Project

The year 2020 for better or worst will go down in American history as a major pivotal moment. It has been often said that history is written for and by the victors.

But nowadays in a world of overwhelmed with 2-second tweets, forgettable social media rants, wild conspiracy theories and online rages; modern history seems to be written by the distracted, the delusional and the destructive.

Which was why here at Mountain Made we took very a different approach. So over the summer, we invited visitors to our gallery to drop in and write what they were feeling about these turbulent times.

This wonderful public writing and art project was full of the whimsical, the the funny, the sad and the serious. It contained poetry, personal musings, thoughtful insights and yes, rants on “The Year 2020”.

We also setup a “Graffiti” watercolor station where those were more visual could lay brush to canvas if they desired on a shared, public painting. In the end the public graffiti artists created over ten different paintings!

To memorialize this project we combined some the best writings and all the paintings into a printed booklet and are offering them to the public for sale.

Special Note: We are giving 100% of the cost of the book to Manna Food Bank. You can pick from a $5, $10, $20, $50, $100 donation to receive a copy of the book >> Purchase your copy here at our online shop.

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THE YEAR 2020: A Public Interactive History and Art Project

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