WCU visiting artist to give glass demonstrations Oct. 29 at Green Energy Park

Renowned glass artist Fritz Dreisbach will hold glass-blowing demonstrations from 10 a.m.-noon and 3-6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29, at the Jackson County Green Energy Park in Dillsboro.

The event is free and open to the public.

Dreisbach, who works seasonally at studios in Arizona and Washington state, was a longtime fixture on the Seattle glass scene. As an independent artist, he now is working on a series of carved glass. Dreisbach, who built the first glass furnace on the Western Carolina University campus in 1974, is visiting Jackson County in conjunction with the opening of “North Carolina Glass 2012: In Celebration of 50 Years of Studio Glass in America” at WCU’s Fine Art Museum. The exhibit will open with a reception from 2-5 p.m. Oct. 28 and run through Feb. 1.

Joan Byrd, a WCU professor of ceramics, is Dreisbach’s longtime friend. Byrd said Dreisbach is well known for his teaching, traveling all over the country and world to share his knowledge. “He pulls together everything that others show him and teaches it to everybody everywhere else,” she said. “He sort of spreads glass technique worldwide as a teacher.” As a visiting artist in the WCU School of Art and Design, Dreisbach’s visit is funded by Randall and Susan Parrott Ward.

For more information, contact Byrd at jbyrd@wcu.edu or 828-227-3595.

Glass artist Fritz Dreisbach, visiting artist in the Western Carolina University School of Art and Design, will hold morning and afternoon glass demonstrations Monday, Oct. 29, at the Green Energy Park in Dillsboro.