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Jason Probstein: Asheville Glass Blower at Work For the Holidays

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Scientific Glassblowing, Asheville NC

Schedule of Live 2019 Demos by Jason Probstein

Asheville Glass blower, Jason Probstein is a trained scientific glass blower who lives here in Asheville, North Carolina.

He uses Corning Pyrex glass tubing and rods 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.

Asheville Glass blower creates Christmas ornaments

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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.

Mountain Made is proud to have had Jason display his craft during the holiday season for the past 6 years. We invite you to come by the gallery and watch Jason at work.

How to Create Uncommon Fall Party Decorations with Glass Pumpkins

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“It’s Pumpkin Pickin’ Time!”

Glass Pumpkins by Terri Sigler

Yes, winter is coming and once more you are planning what fall party decorations to get for your upcoming get togethers.

The problem with the Autumn season is that it jam packs a lot of holidays and family events into a short window of time. Naturally it makes sense to find and repurpose the same table decorations and party decor items for similar events.

But let’s face it…

You are probably tired of the same old, lame Jack O’ Lanterns and plastic autumn leaves, aren’t you?

Well, ditch the plastic pumpkins and trash those fakes leaves for a unique centerpiece most party hosts would love to have…

We invite you to think about using one of these awesome hand-blown glass pumpkins from Asheville artist Terri Sigler, instead.

Each pumpkins starts out a molten ball of colored glass and is then carefully blown and expanded then molded by Terri into the unique shapes and sizes shown below.

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Halloween Jack O Lanterns – Metal Yard Art by Edwin Knies

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Metal Jack O Lanterns are Back…(and Almost Gone Already)!

Yes, we just got these wonderfully spooky Halloween lanterns just two weeks ago but we are already down to just a handful!

They are handcrafted from recycled metal Freon tanks (NOT propane). Once each tank is depressurized and cleaned Edwin draws a one-of-a-kind design for each face.

Then he carefully cuts out the eyes and mouth along with an little access hatch on the back.

Each lantern can be adapted for use with simple electric string lights, candles or just for fun hidden audio players to broadcast creepy Halloween sound effects!

We have the couple of the year, Mr. and Mrs. Frank N. Stein as well as the haunted Pumpkin-Head Brothers.

Since we have so few left, we invite you come by the gallery this weekend or call us today to check out this very limited selection of fun, Halloween lanterns. See for yourself…

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Painted Rock Art by Phyllis Alden

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The art of painting on rocks is thousands of years old. Almost every culture has some form of cave painting, or rock art.

Phyllis Alden is a local Asheville artist, who has taken this wonderful art form and used it to turn plain old river rocks into whimsical and yet realistic cats and dogs.

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She said she first tried her hand at painting rocks many years ago, after watching another artist paint over stones to create raccoons.

Phyllis said she was intrigued by their technique but was not interested in the raccoons so she painted her first cat and dog. And so over the years, she just kept doing them.

Now Mountain Made is proud to share with you, her “Raining Cats and Dogs” collection. See for yourself how Phyllis has taken some humble pebbles and turned them into some of Man and Woman’s best friends.

Watercolor Paintings – by Asheville artist Sharyn Fogel

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Watercolor Paintings - by Asheville artist Sharyn Fogel
“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and I have quite an eye for finding that beauty in some bizarre places,” says watercolor painter Sharyn Fogel.

She goes on to say,

“I was born in the mountains of Western North Carolina.

Eventually I will die here (not anytime soon, I hope.)

In the meantime I intend to paint everything about this area that I love.

That includes mountains, trees, old chairs, white squirrels, barns, houses and anything else that catches my eye.

WNC is my home.

I have no plans to leave…but I do plan to paint anything that’s not moving.”

Watercolor Paintings - by Asheville artist Sharyn Fogel

Sharyn Fogel is an award-winning artist who creates watercolor landscapes that vividly capture the natural beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains and the surrounding Western North Carolina (WNC) countryside.

She has been painting professionally since 1977. Her watercolors will draw you into a wonderful world full of vibrant colors and soothing scenic vistas.

Her artwork is so engaging that some have said that her paintings are like having a “colorful window into the outdoors”.

We invite you to come by the Mountain Made gallery, in downtown Asheville, this Saturday afternoon from 11 to 4, and watch her live art demo.

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