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MountainMade allows West Virginia’s Artists to Reach Outside of Rugged Landscape

posted: 43 month ago by Becky Henderson  |  No Comments ;

West Virginia is a hidden treasure located within 2.5 hours of several major metropolitan areas.  Geographically, the Appalachian Mountains cut the state off from the East Coast.  Until the development of the interstate highway system, the roads crossing its rugged terrain discouraged visitors.  While the isolation of the mountains has helped to preserve our state’s largely unspoiled natural beauty, heritage and culture, it has also made it difficult for our talented artists and craftspeople to gain access to the best markets in which to sell their work.

Former Park Ranger and accomplished photographer, Gary Hartley, has taken many photos that captuer the stark beauty and depict the natural isolation that the state's rugged landscape creates.

Former Park Ranger and accomplished photographer, Gary Hartley, has taken many photos that captuer the stark beauty and depict the natural isolation that the state's rugged landscape creates.

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History of Glass Making in West Virginia

posted: 43 month ago by Becky Henderson  |  2 Comments ;

Interest in West Virginia glass has been rekindled by artisans updating this craft with new designs, colors and individual flair.

During our state’s history, over 500 factories have manufactured glass in the Mountain State because it offers great quantities of silica sand, stone and other chemical compounds necessary to produce glass and vast reserves of natural gas for fuel. The network of rivers and railroads used to transport raw materials and finished product has made West Virginia an ideal location for all aspects of the industry.

Pictured here from left to right, MountainMade artists Chip Turner of Appalachian Glass is well known for his whimisical Friendship Balls, Lynn Gundry is an accomplished stained glass artist, Blenko Glass Watter Bottles like the Ocean Blue one picture here are very popular, Catherine Miller of Pilgrim Glass demonstrates her fine techniques in glass etching with the Pilgrim Green Vase with Leaves, and Ron Hinkle's Rainbow City Pitcher stands out in any setting.

Pictured here from left to right, MountainMade artists Chip Turner of Appalachian Glass is well known for his whimisical Friendship Balls, Lynn Gundry is an accomplished stained glass artist, Blenko Glass Watter Bottles like the Ocean Blue one picture here are very popular, Catherine Miller of Pilgrim Glass demonstrates her fine techniques in glass etching with the Pilgrim Green Vase with Leaves, and Ron Hinkle's Rainbow City Pitcher stands out in any setting.

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West Virginia’s Very Own Marble King

posted: 44 month ago by Heidi Haldeen  |  No Comments ;
Marble King

Becky Henderson (far right) of MountainMade launches a Marble King marble down one of the toys at the gallery.

West Virginia is known for its rich tradition in fine art glass and marbles. Did you know that Marble King, Inc., was founded in 1949 by Berry Pink and Seller Peltier in St. Mary’s, W.Va.?

The factory didn’t move to Paden City, W.Va., until 1958 when Manager Roger Howdyshell relocated the factory after the original one was destroyed by fire. Howdyshell, who purchased Marble King in 1983, was the first to create cat’s eye marbles and veneering marbles.

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Lights, Camera, Action At MountainMade

posted: 44 month ago by Becky Henderson  |  No Comments ;

On Camera At MountainMade

Working at MountainMade provides a constant source of challenges. On any given day, there are new details in running a retail business.

This winter presented additional problems brought by the record snowfall in Tucker County. However, taping the video pieces was a completely different challenge for one who prefers to take care of business without much attention.

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July Exhibiting Artist: Charlotte Gerlach

posted: 44 month ago by Heidi Haldeen  |  1 Comment ;

Charlotte Gerlach and works

Charlotte Gerlach is a marvel and a West Virginia treasure. Self-taught, Charlotte’s ability to capture the fine details is little short of amazing. She works in oil paints. Her exhibit will be a collection of original works, prints and giclee’.

A nationally recognized artist, Charlotte has earned numerous awards and had her work commissioned. She is widely published.

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