|Tim deJong and Jimmy Harwell, Tree Lamp, 2006|
Luckily you can have a glass blowing experience of your own right here in Texas. Located between San Marcos and Wimberley on Ranch Road 12 is a big yellow and green building that reads "Hand Blown Art Glass Lighting". You can't miss it; It's the only building for miles. Owner and artisan Tim deJong, was born in Sesketchewan, Canada. He Graduated from Alfred University in upstate New York where he studied ceramics, glass, and sculpture. Tim deJong came to Texas on vacation in 1991. He fell in love with the hill country and decided that Wimberley, Texas is where he wanted to spend the rest of his life. He bought some property and the out of towner created Wimberley Glass Works in 1992. Wimberley Glass Works started out in a small shop with just a few lawn chairs for spectators to watch him blow glass. These days Wimberley Glass Works has moved into a very large shop with seating for 45 people.
It is safe to say that Tim deJong and his three other glassblowers have found their niche, light fixtures. Lighting is definitely what Wimberley Glass Works specializes in. Inside lamps, outside porch lights, night lights, chandeliers, and even custom lighting. You explain what kind of light you want or need and they have it. If not they will gladly make it for you while you watch from the bleacher seats in the studio.
Watching the glassblowers at work is a completely FREE and an unforgettable experience. They way they work the glass in a team effort for every piece is just incredible. The glass blowing artists at Wimberley Glass Works are some of the nicest people I have ever met. After each demonstration they will undoubtedly answer whatever questions you have for them. If you never seen someone blow glass before I encourage you to go check it out. Their work is astonishing and just an experience all together. Anytime you have a chance to watch someone make art you should absolutely see it happen. The glass blowing demonstrations are held on Tuesday through Saturday 10:30 to 4:30.