Katherine and William Bernstein started their glass studio in 1968. As the first independent glass studio in the Celo area, their work and influence helped establish the reputation of Celo as a craft Mecca. They chose an old cow barn in which to create their studio. Now, more than half a century later, their work is collected across the globe.
Bernstein Glass produces a wide variety of blown and cut glass, both functional and sculptural. Influenced by Scandinavian and early American glass, William makes bright vessels painted with hot canes. Katherine casts sculptures in colorless glass and explores the ability of glass to transform her forms. Together, they produce a popular line of tableware and goblets.
Visitors to Bernstein Glass can see the distinct styles that Katherine and William produce in their studio. From the studio, guests can get an excellent view of the Black Mountains, including Mount Mitchell, the tallest peak east of the Mississippi River. A wide selection of work is displayed and for sale, and the processes of glass working are on display for visitors to observe.
Open by appointment.