102 West Main Street Burnsville NC 28714
10:30AM to 5:00PM Tuesday – Saturday
GLASS AND LIGHT
NOVEMBER 3 – DECEMBER 29
reception November 9, 5 to 7 pm
Wilson has been working in glass from the South Toe area of Burnsville for the past 37 years and has established himself as an experimental, innovative glass blower. He has been both a student and instructor at the Penland School of Crafts in glass and neon studies. More recently, he worked with six other glassblowers, including his son, Hayden, in blowing hundreds of glass orbs for the Burnsville Gateway Tower.
“Glass and Light” showcases several of his small sculptures, including several fluorescent glassworks. The glowing effect is achieved by combining glass with rare earth oxides before melting for coloration. And the various types of oxides produce different colors, from oranges to greens, to brilliant blues. The glass fluoresces under ultra-violet (UV) light. This is one of those exhibits that one has to witness in person in order to fully grasp the “glow” of these small sculptures in a dark area in the gallery.
And just when you think you have seen it all, Wilson, a multi-faceted glass blower, will have on display his almost alien-like bowls cradled atop blown glass legs. Some are for drinking, others for holding, each bowl perfectly positioned and more unique than the one before.
This is glass at its most creative.