Fifth-grade pre-Advanced Placement science students from Coleman Intermediate School recently got the opportunity to see first-hand the art of glassblowing during a trip to the James Hayes Art Glass Company.
The students were taken into the hot shop where they got an up-close-and-personal glimpse of the process — which includes temperatures of more than 2,000 degrees — the glass must undergo in order to become a work of art.
After watching Hayes transform the molten glass into many different designs, including a bird and a heart, the students also visited the showroom. Inside the showroom, they viewed the many different products on display, which included bowls, jewelry and a chandelier. They also had the opportunity to purchase some of Hayes’ artwork.
Hayes was born in Pine Bluff. After receiving an art degree from Hendrix College in Conway Arkansas in 1988, he searched for a new medium to express his artistic talent. Three months later he discovered glassblowing at the Arkansas Arts Center Museum School. He has studied glassblowing in Murano, Italy, Columbus, Ohio, and the Pilchuck Glass School near Seattle Washington. He has had numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States.
The James Hayes Art Glass Company is located at 2900 Ridgway Road.