Ron Hinkle, of Ron Hinkle Glass, will present the "Secrets of Glass Making" through a series demonstrations today through Saturday at his Sago Road studio.
He will answer questions such as: How is the flower created inside of a paperweight? How are glass walking canes made? What is encalmo glass and how is it created?
Hinkle is an accomplished master glass artist who embodies great passion and appreciation for glass and the history of glass making.
The Inter-Mountain file photo by Melissa Toothman
Learn the secrets of making glass items like the ones displayed at the American Glass Museum in Weston.
Born and raised in Buckhannon, Hinkle developed a love of glass at the age of 12. Taking the glass tubing from his chemistry set, he 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.
During the summer before his senior year at Buckhannon-Upshur High School, Hinkle learned the glass factories in nearby Weston were looking for summer help. He began work at Louie Glass. After just one summer, he was completely awestruck by the magic of glass and had an insatiable hunger to learn more about his craft. He returned to Louie Glass after graduation in 1974 and spent the next 20 years learning from the masters while developing his own style and technique.
Within the first few years at Louie Glass, Hinkle worked independently during his breaks, at lunch, after work and on weekends to learn the art of glass blowing.
He was soon assigned to a glass blowing position, where he remained for 14 years. He is now revered for his experience and vast knowledge of the art of blowing glass.
For more information, call 304-472-7963 or go to www.ronhinkleglass.com.