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No Black Friday at Mountain Made?

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“Don’t Worry…”

Small Business Saturday

Come by on Small Business Saturday

“We Have Small Business Saturday!”

November 25, 2017

“Come See Our Affordable Luxuries for Yourself”

We all know it seems easy to order your holiday gifts online nowadays. Sure a couple of clicks and you are done, right?

But when you shop at a local shop (like Mountain Made gallery) not only do you help support your community and provide jobs for your neighbors but you also get an amazing handcrafted gift as well.

This is why Mountain Made is a proud participate in the Small Business Saturday event.

Held on the day after Black Friday, Small Business Saturday is dedicated to supporting local, small businesses that create jobs and boost the economy.

Did you know that 67 percent of all the new jobs in the US are created by small and/or local companies?

So you can see that just by shopping small this holiday season, you can have a BIG impact on our economy.

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Why you should shop small and local on Small Business Saturday

Below are just a few of the reasons why you should do more of your holiday shopping locally this year:

Small business owners really do care about the products they offer

That especially true in places like Mountain Made where we showcases the works of over 150 local Western North Carolina artists and craftspeople.

Small business owners are experts in their respective fields

For example, Mountain Made owner/manager Melinda Knies has been operating this art gallery since its opening in 2001.

During this time,  Melinda has been proud to support the entrepreneurial development of the arts and crafts professionals in our Southern Appalachian Mountains. She has been recognized by organizations like Mountain Bizworks for her efforts in the industry.

Small business owners support causes near and dear to their hearts

Mrs. Knies believes that artisan-based enterprises create long-term social benefits and solid economic prosperity, particularly in our Western North Carolina community.

Se we only work with best regional artisans, writers, and musicians from the Asheville and Western North Carolina area.

Small businesses are committed to improving their community

Here at Mountain Made we strongly believes that local people should be able to create a better life for themselves and their families through the application of their artistic talents and skills.

And with these thoughts in mind, Melinda has personally worked with hundreds of WNC artisans to help them better market and promote their artwork.

Small business owners get to know their customers really well

After so many years in business, we have a pretty good idea of what our customers want and like:
Artisan jewelry made from gems, beads & precious metals
Fine ceramic art and hand-thrown pottery,
Handcrafted quilted wall hangings
Gourd art & Handwoven baskets,
Hand-turned wood bowls & accent pieces,
original paintings, prints & photographs
Metal garden art,
Hand-blown glassware, ornaments and stained glass art,
Plus books and music CDs by our local authors and musicians


Small Business Saturday

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Jason Probstein: Asheville Glass Blower at Work

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Asheville Glass blower

Asheville Glass blower, Jason Probstein is a lampworker and 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 ornaments and goblets.

Scientific Glassblowing Asheville NC

Live Demos by Jason Probstein

Glassblowing Asheville - Jason blowing glass at Mountain Made gallery

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 5 years. We invite you to come by the gallery and watch Jason at work.

Handmade Glass Ornaments & Wine Goblets by Glassblower Jason Probstien

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Jason Probstein

Glassblower Jason Probstein will be showcasing his awesome Scientific Glassblowing techniques during a series of live holiday demonstrations hosted by Mountain Made from now until Dec 23, 2017.

Mountain Made has been hosting holiday glass blowing demos by Jason for several years now. In fact many families have made special trips into town to view him at work and collect “this year’s new ornament”.

So naturally we are proud to welcome Jason back again for this year…every Thursday, Friday & Saturday from 11:00 AM to  3:00 PM.


Jason is a lampworker (master scientific glassblower) living right here in Asheville, North Carolina. Jason received a degree in scientific glassblowing from Salem Community College and has studied Venetian glass techniques at the Penland School of Crafts.

He has performed residency glassblowing demonstrations at Walt Disney World, The Biltmore House and Gardens and downtown here at the Mountain Made Gallery.

Jason works glass tubing and rod with a torch to first heat and then shape his pieces. He uses Corning Pyrex, a strong and very durable glass art piece.

Fuming his wine glasses and champagne flutes with silver and gold makes them change color as the glass goes from full to empty. His most popular glass art pieces are his lightweight, yet durable hand blown holiday tree ornaments. Each ornament is unique in shape and color pattern.

While in Israel, Jason went to the National Museum and was inspired by ancient traditional glass works. There he saw glass pieces in many different shapes and sizes that inspired him. Once back in his studio here in North Carolina, he incorporated these beautiful ancient design elements into his own functional art.


Handcrafted Holiday Gift Preview

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It’s that time of the year when people’s attention starts being focused on the upcoming holidays.

Are you scurrying about looking for just the right gift for those special people in your life?

You are not alone.

We invite you drop by Mountain Made and browse our great selecton of handcrafted artwork and unique decor items.

We have new stuff coming in the gallery every day. Come by early (and often) so you don’t miss out!





ALSO don’t forget the annual Winter Wonderland celebration starts Nov. 17 here at Grove Arcade.

The opening night festivities are from 5-8 PM and will include:

A Deck the Halls Lighting Celebration;
A performance by the Asheville Symphony Chorus 6 p.m.;
Story Time and Photos with Santa Claus;
A Holiday Tree Ornament Making Station for the kids;
And our own special Mountain Made event – a live glass-blowing demonstration by popular local artist Jason Probstein

We will have some great refreshments like Holiday Cider and Cookies!

This event is FREE to the public, but visitors are encouraged to bring dog and/or cat food that evening to support the Santa Paws program – benefiting the Asheville Humane Society.

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