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Broken Glass Design To Host Inaugural ‘Glass Gathering’

Glass artist Aaron Johnson, of Broken Glass Design, is shown working at his craft in his studio. Broken Glass Design will present its inaugural “Glass Gathering” glass art showcase at Chautauqua Miniatures — 5031 W. Lake Road in Mayville — from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

MAYVILLE — An artists showcase unique to the area will be hosted in Mayville this weekend.

On Saturday, Broken Glass Design will host its inaugural “Glass Gathering,” in which hot glass artists, as well as a number of other artists and vendors from the area, will display and discuss their work from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Chautauqua Miniatures and 2 Chixx Gift Shoppe — 5031 W. Lake Road in Mayville.

The event is coordinated by glass designer Aaron Johnson, founder of Broken Glass Design, who has assembled a talented group of glassworkers from various areas of Pennsylvania to demonstrate their art and its creative process.

“This whole thing kind of started out as a way for my mom (Heather Johnson of Chautauqua Miniatures) to showcase the artists she buys from,” Johnson said. “So I got a bunch of glass artists together and we’ll have some live music and we’ll try to show the general public something a little different than hasn’t really been done around here.

“You see this kind of thing out on the West Coast a lot, but it’s not really prevalent in our corner of the country. This event is designed for people who want to meet with glass artists and find out more about the trade and see if they have any interest in taking it up for themselves. I’ll be bringing a lot of promotional material to allow people to get in touch with some companies that can help them get started.”

In addition to Broken Glass Design, representatives of other glass-art companies will also be making art on-site, including Bumble Bat Glass and SKcid Glass Works. The artists will be melting glass and forming it into solid pieces in a variety of shapes for both artistic and practical purposes.

A variety of other local artists and vendors will also be on-hand, and live music will be performed by Aaron Hetz, Adam McKillip and Cold Lazarus. Johnson said he intends to develop the “Glass Gathering” into an annual affair and is already in the planning stages for its 2018 incarnation.

For more information about the “Glass Gathering” or Broken Glass Design, find the business on Facebook.