Our Lead Designer Ashley Main

Wimberley Glassworks would like you to meet our newest member of our staff, our Architectural Lighting Designer, Ashley Main. Ashley comes to us all the way from Calgary, Alberta, Canada. She graduated from Parsons The New School for Design in New York City.

Ashley's parents let her take a lot of art classes, including water color, oil painting and sculpture. While attending the University of Calgary she originally intended to go on and take a Master’s in Architecture. During her studies in sculpture, one of her professors, Ron Kostyniuk noticed her propensity for sculpting lamps, and encouraged her toward the study of lighting design, pointing her to Parsons.

“It was a dream for me to do this type of work, but I didn't know people could actually do this as a  job,” she says. “I couldn't imagine how the team and all the resources would come together.”

In her work with us, the artistic component is primary. Most of what she does are art installations and they involve precise lighting to bring out the proper effects. Her Master's is in architectural lighting, which she found she wanted to incorporate more of her passion for traditional visual arts into her work while focusing on the dynamics and technical details of the work. Both aspects of her background serve her well now in her projects, since they involve her interacting with teams of individuals from various disciplines.

“Being familiar with all the electrical processes and structures that make up the lighting really helps,” she says. “Factors always come up that require adaptations, based on the other elements of the structure that could interfere with or alter the implementation and final effect of the art installation.”

One of the biggest challenges she faces is the “Ish-factor” that comes up when working with blown glass. There is a lot of variability in hand-blown glass that you need flexibility in the design of the lighting to accommodate it, and vice versa. The use of 3-D modeling software helps, but communication is the real key.

Ashley often goes back and forth between team members, sorting out issues and concerns, explaining the factors involved with making the glass pieces. For example, a lot of new clients are not aware that making a glass prototype to specifications may take several days, due to the need for the glass to cool, be washed and polished, and then shipped. In addition, the weight of the hot glass as it is blown through the pipe is a limiting factor, so each piece has to be kept to human scale, and variability among pieces will exist. This is because the material itself interacts with the temperature of the furnace, and the movements of the glass blowers to shape the piece. This is not assembly line work, but the grace and beauty of the process are a part of the overall effect.

Ashley has been with us for eight months now, and she is settling in to the area and her role, which is satisfying her artistic spirit. She can be reached at amain@wgw.com she is happy to consult with you on your art installation or lighting design needs.

Wimberley 4th of July Parade

For the first time ever WGW had the chance to participate in the Wimberley 4th of July Parade! Tim DeJong even brought the new Wimberley Glassworks panel van to join in the festivities.  

WGW at the Wimberley 4th of July Parade

[Vanessa Horodecky blowing massive bubbles for the passing crowd]

Between monster soap bubbles and bags and bags of candy, the WGW crew was a huge hit with the 4th of July kidlets! Who knew that 20 pounds of blow pops would be nowhere near enough?

 

WGW on the 4th of July

[Glassblower Manda Barnes and the brand new WGW panel van at the 4th of July Parade.]

We were so glad to have the chance to celebrate our nation's birthday with the people of the Wimberley Valley!

Alfred University Press Release 6-17-17

AU alum Tim De Jong '82 celebrates 25 years as owner, Wimberly Glassworks

(6/17/17)

 

Tim DeJong

Wimberley Glassworks, founded and owned by Alfred University alumnus Tim de Jong ‘82, is celebrating 25 years in the making. The gallery and studio, based in San Marcos, Texas, hosts daily glass blowing demonstrations for travelers and art glass enthusiasts from around the world. The Glassworks' custom designs are featured in luxury and commercial properties across the nation.

 In celebrating its 25th anniversary on June 3rd, the Glassworks hosted glassblowing demonstration of its latest River Timber Collection, plus a concert by Marcia Ball for a crowd of 800 people.

De Jong was born in Saskatchewan, Canada and studied ceramics, sculpture and glass at Alfred University. In 1991, he visited Texas on a vacation and fell in love with the Texas Hill Country. He subsequently purchased property and opened Wimberley Glassworks just south of the village of Wimberley.

He is the sole owner and employs three other full time glassblowers.

Alfred University Press Release

River Timber Vases Unveiled!

River Timber Vases

[River Timber vases including (clockwise from the top) an Emerald Ocean Tall vase, Amber Vase, Kaleidoscope Vase, and Clear with Sapphire Stripe vase.]

The idea for this exquisite collection of  glass vases was born in the devastating aftermath of the 2015 Wimberley/San Marcos. Each vase is shaped in a wood mold created from flood felled trees, fulfilling Wimberley Glassworks founder Tim DeJong’s desire to transform symbols of tragedy into works of supreme and lasting beauty.

Amber River Timber Vase

 

Introducing the new River Timber vases, combining the beautiful refractive qualities of glass with the flowing, organic shapes of wood and timber. Each vase is a unique creation. The mold used to craft it is slowly consumed by the heat of molten glass as this work of art is shaped. 

Sapphire River Timber Vase

 

Come explore the beautiful collection of River Timber Art Vases today!

25th Fest Recap!

[SMTX video and interviews from the Wimberley Glassworks 25th Fest.]

The furnaces are cooling and the music is slowly fading, but the memory of the 25th Fest is still burning bright! With a classic Texas Hill Country thunderstorm brewing overhead, Marcia Ball and the Marcia Ball Band blew the walls off of every festival tent! 

Marcia Ball performing at 25th Fest

[Marcia Ball brings her soulful Gulf Coast R&B sound to the Texas Hill Country! Photos by Mike Farquhar.]

Thank you to the estimated 800 attendees of our 25th anniversary celebration for helping make it such an unforgettable night! A special shout out to Middleton Brewery, Patio Dolcetto and Wimberley HEB for providing beer and wine tastings enjoyed by literally hundreds of our guests.

 

 Members of the Marcia Ball Band

[Members of the Marcia Ball Band performing for the crowd.]

 

Tim and Vanessa Dancing

[WGW Founder Tim DeJong and his wife Vanessa dancing the night away! ]

 

Tim DeJong demonstrating the creation of a river timber vase

[Tim demonstrating how a River Timber vase is made.]

 

Couple dancing at the WGW 25th Fest

[When Marcia Ball is playing, the dance floor is always full!]

 

Dancing at the 25th Fest