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Traveling the two Virginias: Tamarack, Glass Blowing Class

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Beckley, WV (WVVA)--Behind the glass in Tamarack, you'll find a glass sculpting expert who isn't afraid to break a sweat for the sake of art and entertainment.

"If I'm making a big piece, and I flare out a bowl and they're 'oh and ahhing' so they love that," said John DesMeules.

Desmeules owns his own company, and works in conjunction with Tamarack.  "It really is a wonderful place to work. Tamarack has helped me out a lot."

With more than two decades of expertise, he is now sharing his talents with others through a Glass Blowing Class.  "I let people come down and make their own piece. They think it's one of the most exciting things, because it's so unique."

Those interested need to bring along both a sense of creativity and adventure, because after you pick out some coordinating colors and pick up your blow pipe, it's time to face the furnace which keeps the molten glass at about 2,000 degrees.

Much like its namesake, glass blowing is pretty much exactly what you would expect, and with plenty of encouragement from an expert guiding you through each simple step, students are able to create their own work of art.

DesMeules adds, "I love doing it for them, it's really fun."

Once the artwork is complete, it is available for sale to the public.

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