Glass-blowing shop celebrates 20 years


By Clint Parker

Weaverville – Michael and Hilary Hatch celebrated their 20th year in business Saturday (October 6) with an all-day event at their glass works studio on Clarks Chapel Road. The event included a glass pumpkin patch and demonstrations, along with refreshments.

The Hatche’s business, Crucible Glassworks, was originally incorporated in downtown Asheville in October of 1998. The business was located there for 10 years. Michael and Hilary, who are originally from Virginia, lived in Weaverville and thought it would be great to have a studio closer to home.

“We have been in our newest studio in Weaverville for four years at 60 Clarks Chapel Road near downtown Weaverville,” said Hilary in a press release. “We’ve always lived in Weaverville…we moved here about 22 years ago.”

“We had a ten-year lease back when you could still afford to rent in downtown Asheville. It was great but we never really liked having to drive into Asheville,” said Hilary. Their new location is something they built and moved into about four years ago. “We’re loving it.”

“Our celebration kick[ed] off with our annual Fall Fire UP Event, which features a large glass pumpkin patch, seasonal snacks, and live glass-blowing demonstrations throughout the day, Hilary said in a press release. “For extra fun, we will have guest artist Charlie Ellis of Eagle Crest Forge with his mobile forge doing metal-working and forging demonstrations as well.”

Crucible Glassworks specializes in one-of-a-kind works along with sculptures. “Everything in here he’s [Michael] has made…a lot of glass blowers find one thing they can do, maybe vases or lighting or something like that, but Mike has always…just loved to do different things,” said Hilary.

The Crucible is a hot glass shop studio/gallery, and has a large private studio that is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am – 5 pm. They offer glass-blowing demonstrations, which usually take place Wednesdays through Saturdays. They also offer lessons and a large selection of glass art for sale by the Hatches who are members of the Southern Highland Craft Guild.

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