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  1. 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.


  2. Asheville Art Gallery Hosts Live Art Demos – Summer 2015

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    Live Art Demonstrations – Open to the Public

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    “The beginning is the most important part of the work.” ~Plato

    Mountain Made, a downtown Asheville art gallery, is pleased to present our 2015 schedule of  live arts and crafts demonstrations.

    Starting in May, every Saturday from 11-4PM, we will be hosting a live demonstration given by one of our local Asheville artists.

    The demonstrations will be on a variety of arts and crafts such as hand molded ceramics, fiber and textile crafts, metalwork, and many other wonderful and original art forms, as well book signing by or local writers. (more…)

  3. Behind the Scenes with Asheville Author Celia Miles


    Asheville author Celia Miles
    Celia Miles is one of Mountain Made’s most prolific novelists. She has over 8 books on our shelves yet she considers herself to be a “nicheless author” since she has written everything from technical manuals to novels to short stories and anthologies. (more…)

  4. Handcrafted Gift Ideas – 4 Simple Tips for Picking out the Perfect Gift

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    giftTipsIt happens every year around about this time…

    • Are you already wondering what gift you’re going to give that close friend or family member THIS time?
    • Are you sick of searching websites high and low, looking for just the right gift idea?
    • Are you dreading struggling through traffic gift shopping only to be faced with out-of-stock rain-checks and “Mall Madness”?

    Well if any of this sounds familiar then you should to read on and discover how to select the right handcrafted artwork to make that “perfect” gift for those special people in your life. (more…)

  5. Congrats to Mary Carol Koester, BH Discovery Center’s October 2014 “Visiting Artist”

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    It is our pleasure to congratulate Mary Carol Koester for becoming the October visiting artist at at the Beverly-Hanks Discovery Center in Biltmore Park Town Square, located at 1 Town Square Boulevard, Asheville, NC 28803.

    Mary is a member of the Southern Highlands Guild and HandMade in America, not to mention she has several of her custom made books and journals on display here at the Mountain Made Gallery.