Virgil Jones Ashville, NC • Blown Glass Balls

In the late 1980’s Virgil was challenged by a friend to make a glass bead. Not one to turn down a challenge, Virgil took a piece of stained glass and small propane torch and went for it. Within four months he left his career job and started selling glass beads.

The jewelry beads quickly grew in size and complexity. Blessed with a short attention span and lots of ambition, Virgil delved into the hot glass world in all its forms.


In the winter of 1995, Virgil moved to the thriving hot glass community in the mountains of western North Carolina. The “Bigger is Better” bug hit and a large, production blowing studio was built.

Then, in 2003 life became simpler and the studio became a one person (Virgil) specialty shop!

Virgil’s art glass is a contemporary combination of unique old style skills with modern hand-blown furnace work.



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