The fascinating art of marrying bold colors with hot molten glass
Situated along the pristine shores of beautiful Lake Chatuge in Hayesville, Goldhagen Art Glass Studio and gallery offer a unique and exciting experience. The studio is the creative home of David Goldhagen, who creates large sculptural and functional forms from molten glass, either mouth blown or hand sculpted. Bold colors shine from under a crystal clear surface. Each piece begins as a gathering of molten clear glass on the end of a five-foot blowpipe. Colors are then layered and manipulated onto the surface, creating intricate patterns and movement within each piece. The design is then encased in a solid layer of crystal.
At the studio, visitors can watch the process from a viewing balcony. Looking down on the furnace and glass-blowing area, you can see unique contemporary sculptures emerge using ancient techniques and fascinating art of glassblowing. Inspired by flowers, dancers, human figures, and sunsets, Goldhagen takes a painterly approach to art glass, marrying bold colors with brilliant clear crystal in a clean modern style. The artist creates large to small-scale sculptural art glass, as well as functional pieces, including tables, candlesticks, perfume bottles, menorahs, and ornaments. The gallery also features a unique selection of jewelry, pottery, photography and woodwork.
Goldhagen has been working in hot sculpted glass since 1979. He is a member of the Southern Highlands Craft Guild, Carolina Designer Craftsmen, and the Glass Art Society. His work is in the permanent collections of numerous corporations, museums, and foundations, including Coca-Cola, Merrill Lynch, the Cerebral Palsy Foundation, and Walt Disney. His on-site gallery features a collection of his latest works, in a wide array of size, shape, color and price. The gallery also offers shipping for those traveling through.
Please call prior to your visit for hours and the blowing schedule.