Dying art? Not with Ron Hinkle's glasswork!
Born and raised in Buckhannon, West Virginia, Ron Hinkle developed a love of glass at the tender age of 12. Taking the glass tubing from his chemistry set, Ron learned to bend and stretch the glass over the burners of his gas stove. He became fascinated by the movement, the flow and the possibilities of glass.
With a dream in his left hand and faith in his right, Ron set out to building his own glass studio. With almost no money to invest, it took him four years to personally build the tank, furnace and studio. Ron and his father harvested logs from their property and traded part of the logs to have the lumber sawed for construction. Ron purchased second-hand tools and machinery and sometimes pulled tools from the trash bins at Louie Glass to repair and return them to service in his own studio. Ron is fulfilling a lifelong dream to create and sell his own works of glass art. Thanks to Ron and other artists like him across the country, glassblowing is no longer a dying art, but alive and well in the 21st century.
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Person Interviewed: Ron Hinkle
Hours: M-F 9am to 5pm, Sat. 9am to 2pm, Closed Sunday
Location: Upsher County, West Virginia
Address: Rt.9 Box 467, Buckhannon, WV
Reservations: Suggested for groups.
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