Michael Hatch of Crucible Glassworks, Asheville area artist

LH017: Michael Hatch, glassblower – “Have furnace, will travel!”

Asheville area artist Michael Hatch blowing fire
Asheville area artist Michael Hatch blowing fire

With the mastery that comes from 30 years in glass-blowing, Michael Hatch still experiences the process as a rush! In this interview, Michael gives us a look at what makes the medium unique and so exciting to him.

Michael and his wife Hilary Hatch are the owners of Crucible Glassworks, in Weaverville, NC, where Michael creates vessels such as jugs, vases, and tumblers, as well as sculptural pieces.  Hilary handles the business end of things, freeing Michael up to focus on the creative side.

Michael is available to teach glass-blowing to interested community members, and he offers demos at his Weaverville studio on a regular basis.  He has created a portable furnace, giving him the freedom to demo at events.  He is also a board member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild, so as a bonus, he talks about the Guild’s history and admission process.

Asheville area artist glassblower Michael Hatch, Crucible Glassworks
Asheville area artist glassblower Michael Hatch, Crucible Glassworks, demo

To connect with Michael and see some of his work:

Highlights of this episode include:

  • what keeps Michael excited about the process of glass-blowing after 30 years
  • Michael giving us an inside view of what it’s like to work with a medium that is “trying to get away from you”
  • the intensity of working with a team to create a sculptural piece
  • hearing this artist talk about his appreciation for not only his own medium but for the work of other fine artists
  • what it was like for Michael to be on the jury for the Southern Highland Craft Guild for people applying for new acceptance, and what exactly the jurors are looking for

Resources mentioned during the show:

Examples of Michael’s work:

"Sunshine Bowls" by Asheville area artist glassblower Michael Hatch, Crucible Glassworks
“Sunshine Bowls” by Asheville area artist glassblower Michael Hatch, Crucible Glassworks
"Switchback Vases" by Asheville area artist glassblower Michael Hatch, Crucible Glassworks
“Switchback Vases” by Asheville area artist glassblower Michael Hatch, Crucible Glassworks
"Fenceline" by Asheville area artist glassblower Michael Hatch, Crucible Glassworks
“Fenceline” by Asheville area artist glassblower Michael Hatch, Crucible Glassworks
Interior of "Monkey Business" by Asheville area artist glassblower Michael Hatch, Crucible Glassworks
Interior of “Monkey Business” by Asheville area artist glassblower Michael Hatch, Crucible Glassworks
"Skate King" - Hangloose by Asheville area artist glassblower Michael Hatch, Crucible Glassworks
“Skate King” – Hangloose by Asheville area artist glassblower Michael Hatch, Crucible Glassworks

 

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