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Live Glass blowing Demos: Asheville Holiday Tradition?

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Handcrafted Glass Ornaments, Goblets & Fine Glass Art

Live Glass blowing Demos in Asheville by Nationally Known Scientific Glassblower Jason Probstein.

Jason once again will be showcasing his awesome techniques during a series of live holiday demonstrations hosted at the Mountain Made Art Gallery from now until Dec 21, 2015. For demo schedule > Live Glassblowing Demos

What is Scientific Glassblowing?

According to The Society American Scientific Glassblowers:

“Glass and scientific advances have gone hand-in-hand throughout history. Some notable examples include Galileo’s thermometer, Edison’s light bulb, and the vacuum tubes of early radio, TV and computers.”

As a scientific glassblower Jason uses Corning Pyrex tubing, a strong and very durable form of glass to create his work.

But unlike other glassblowers, he has taken this seemly mundane, industrialized craft and turned it into a wonderful handcrafted art!

During his demos, he heats up the Pyrex glass tubes and rods with a gas-torch, until they reach a molten state, then he gracefully forms his piece by blowing into it and shaping it with “dancing” hand movements.

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Handcrafted Glass Holiday Ornaments

Mountain Made has been hosting the live glassblowing demos for the holidays with Jason for FIVE years now! In fact many families have made special trips into town to view him at work and collect “this year’s ornament”.

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How choose the perfect handcrafted gifts?

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The best way to select handcrafted gifts?

handcrafted gifts - great ideas for the holidays

Over the years we have observed thousands of visitors in our gallery alternatively browse, prowl, hunt and gather…

Sometimes for hours…asking our staff as well as polling their friends and family for opinions. Often even asking strangers “What do you think?”

…Anything to help find just the right gift for their loved one or those special friends.

On the other hand, we had some gallery visitors immediately spot exactly what they want, “Here, wrap this up quick…before they come back!” Or we overhear something like this, “What a wonderful gift for Aunt Sue! I just know, she’ll love it!”

Can You Pick the Right Handcrafted Gifts?

What is the difference between those who end scrambling every year at holiday time to find the right gift versus those who seem to pick the perfect handcrafted gifts with little or no effort?

We think that the perfect gift pickers have come to understand that ALL gifts (not just handcrafted ones) are not just simple exchanges of physical objects but are “gifts of communication” between two or more people.

All the works that our Asheville artists, musicians and writers create can be seen as “gifts of communication”…

Produced from their life experiences, creative spirit and dreams…

According to writer Tom O’Leary, “When you give a gift to someone, what you are actually doing is speaking to them.”

So when you discover piece of art that “speaks to you”, this is the type of gift item you should get in order to pass on that message to the person or persons who will be receiving it.

In turn, a perceptive gift receiver will naturally understand your message and feel what you’re trying to communicate to them.

Of course this may seem a bit obvious, but somehow during the hustle and bustle of our holiday shopping, we often forget that our gifts are a powerful way to connect with those we love and care for.

All too often, we tend to forget what gift-giving is actually all about and what your carefully chosen gift item should convey…

…A sincere message from the heart.

As you can see, discovering how to choose that perfect handcrafted gift is not for the rushed or weary…so we invite you to come by early this holiday season to browse our gallery for your holiday gift ideas here at the Mountain Made art gallery.

A New Women’s Anthology by 50 Asheville Authors

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Asheville Authors - 50 Women writers

A Great Gift Idea for Women Who are Readers*

Two of Mountain Made’s most popular authors, Celia H. Miles and Nancy Dillingham, are co-editors and contributors of a new anthology by 50 women writers entitled It’s All Relative: Tales from the Tree – celebrating the lives of women and their connections with their families.


New Art Book by Asheville Oil Painter Raymond Byram

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Asheville Oil Painter Ray Byram

Mountain Made is proud to host a book signing by famed local artist Ray Byram. Ray’s newest work is a coffee table art book of some of his most popular oil paintings.

“A phrase that best describes Raymond Byram and his work is: “technical virtuosity”. The late Dr. Ben Miller, Chairman of Indiana University at Pennsylvania’s Fine Arts Department that taught Ray his final advanced oil painting course before graduation, stated at that time that Ray Byram had reached a level of “technical virtuosity”.”

This wonderful book has 60 full color images of some of Ray’s most well-known art pieces…


Things to do in Asheville – Art Walk this Friday

Asheville Art Walk, Friday Nov 6, 2015

Asheville art walk

The last of the fall Downtown Asheville Art Walks will be held on Friday, November 6th from 5PM to 8PM.  Mountain Made will join in the celebration by hosting a gallery reception with light refreshments along with displays of our newest artworks.

We invite you come by the gallery, and check out the just some of the new artworks (and holiday gifts ideas) we have on display…[click any image to view the slideshow] (more…)

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