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August 27, 2017


 In his blown work, North Carolina artist Hayden Wilson takes a contemporary twist on traditional Italian glassblowing techniques.

The artist: Wilson, who lives and works in Asheville, grew up in nearby Yancey County, where his father is a glass artist. In 2007, he earned a degree in sculpture from the University of North Carolina in Asheville.

After graduation, he began working for glass sculptor Alex Bernstein, whose father Billy Bernstein taught Wilson’s father glass blowing in the early 1980s. Wilson then began creating his own blown pieces and working as studio manager at the North Carolina Glass Center in Asheville’s River Arts District. The center hosts about 20 glass artists who teach classes and display their work in the center’s gallery.

The goods: Blown glass work ranging from drinking glasses to decorative vessels and lighting. Also one-of-a-kind glass sculptures in cast and fused glass.

What’s popular: Thumb-notch stemless and tipsy glasses ($36 for one, pictured above) and the larger or Murrine work ($475 to $1,200), including colorful bottle (pictured below), vases and bowls.

Fun (or unusual) requests: To remake lights for an antique chandelier in Asheville’s City Hall.

Where to buy:

Glass Bottle



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