All About Mountain Glass Arts
Why Buy From Mountain Glass
Founded in 2002, Mountain Glass Arts, Inc. is the nation’s premier borosilicate glass supply company and was founded by glass artists with the goal of supplying the highest level of customer satisfaction in the industry. Mountain Glass Arts, Inc. is located in Asheville, North Carolina and currently ships worldwide.
Why buy from us? We pledge to you the best service in the industry and here is exactly how we provide it.
* Guaranteed same day shipping on every order in by 2:30pm (EST) on normal business days or your shipping charges will be refunded. Guarantee applies to domestic orders shipping UPS that contain no out of stock items.
* In cooperation with American Forests we will have a tree planted for every order of over $100.
* Because we are seriously committed to excellent customer experiences, we focus on overstocking the products we sell rather than "understocking" a larger selection of products. Thus, all back orders are sent without shipping or handling charges. This does not apply to tube & rod, kilns or freight shipments.
* The Tags With The Tips! Not only do we label every stick or group of color ordered for easy identification but we now have a tip for working each color printed on the label. We were the first company to label all our color for you and are the only company that includes the working tip. You may always request no tags if they annoy you.
* We are here to help, the person taking your order will have knowledge of all our products or they will get you over to someone who does.
* Mountain Glass has the industry’s leading and most accurate shipping calculator. Your order will be analyzed to determine what size box/boxes it will ship in. Our shipping calculator will determine if it will be less expensive to cut any 4ft or 5ft long tube/rod that may be included in your order and display the cutting fee if applicable. You will be given a variety of shipping options to choose from during the checkout process.
* We have no minimum order.
* We take Care and Pride in every order placed with us. We operate with methods in place to assure maximum accuracy and minimum breakage in our shipments. 99.5 % of our orders arrive intact without damage or error.
* We offer excellent discounts for high volume glass users.
* We are kind.
We look forward to serving you and hope you will give us the opportunity to do so, please call if you have any questions.
Meet the Team!
Chris - Founder
Hi my name is Chris and I am one of two owners here at MGA. I grew up in Ohio and learned the amazing art of lampworking from a friend in Eugene in 2000.
After spending about two years out there a death in the family called me back to Ohio. It became immediately clear that being isolated from other artists and suppliers was going to be a challenge to blowing glass in Ohio.
It was then that I discovered my calling. I was having trouble getting supply shipments quickly, correct the first time, without damage and with good service; so I started to think about doing this myself. I think it was the day I was chasing foam peanuts around my neighbor’s yard (my shop was out back) and trying to pull them out of my glass tube that I had enough.
I decided I would start a supply company that would do things differently. My entire life I had an interest in the arts and business so this would be a perfect fit. I had some solid business experience and a good friend with a business degree, Steve, if only I could keep him out of the National Parks!
We worked tirelessly for years without taking a penny to get off the ground. We have grown quite a bit thanks to YOU since we began in the fall of 2002, always with a primary customer service mission. We have always tried to have an environmental focus as well, long before we were profitable or the word “green” was popular in our society. I currently LOVE serving the glass community and living in beautiful Asheville, NC. I enjoy the amazing food, music, community and great outdoors by trying to hike and bike as much as possible.
Steve - Founder
After graduating college and gaining business experience in the computer industry, I decided a life living in Yosemite National Park as a naturalist was more suiting to me.
A few years went by of guiding backpacking trips, fly fishing and even setting the Guinness Book of World Records for finding the world’s largest pine cone. Then, my good friend Chris persuaded me to leave the Sierra Nevada Mountains to start Mountain Glass. I, my wife and now my son quickly fell in love with glass blowing and the community surrounding it. It seemed a natural fit for me to use my business experience to help provide an amazing community with the high end customer service and products they deserve.
I could not live in a greater place; work with a finer group of people or serve better customers
Joe - Sales Manager
Originally from the mountains of Pennsylvania, I found myself attracted to the wonderful culture and natural beauty of Western North Carolina.
I first fell in love with glass at the age of fifteen while watching my brother learn the art of lampworking. It was through him that I realized years later, I had found my calling. It has been a blessing to be involved in such a progressive industry with countless kindred people and being part of the awesome Mountain Glass family.
When I’m not immersing myself in the glass world I can be found riding my motorcycle through the Blue Ridge Mountains, enjoying live music, the outdoors, volunteering with Big Brother Big Sister and Brother Wolf Animal Rescue, skiing, sipping bourbon or drinking one of the countless different local micro brews.
Stuart - CFO
I started at Mountain Glass Arts Inc. back in 2009. I am the accountant for the company and do everything that has do to with the money side. I’ve been in accounting for over 25 years and to this day still love working with numbers. My nickname at the office is “Hound Dog”.
Coming to Asheville in 2004 was the best thing me and my wife (Daphne) have ever done. Leaving the sun and beach of Orange County was easy, although some people thought we were crazy. We love our (Funkytown) Asheville, NC.
The best part of Mountain Glass Arts is the people and the uniqueness of the business. While not at work I love NASCAR. i’ve been a Bristol season ticket holder for 5 years and love racing. My goal in life is to go to all the NASCAR tracks. So far i’ve been to Bristol, Darlington, Charlotte and a few local tracks.
Stephen – AKA – Miller – Warehouse Manager
I have been at Mountain Glass Arts for 8 years. It is the best job I have ever had! Working for a progressive company helping talented artists, alongside great people in a beautiful location; nothing could be better for me.
Prior to coming here I worked doing anything I could that involved photography, from printing in a lab, to running my own professional photography business, and most recently as a photographer for the Asheville Citizen Times newspaper, but the corporate print journalism world was not for me.
My wife Karen, a lampworker for 15 years, and I moved to Asheville from Boulder, Colorado 10 years ago to be closer to family, and have really come to love the region. We get out to hike and camp in the mountains and canoe on the water whenever we can. We love our 3 dogs like they are our children.
I still love to photograph the beautiful nature and landscapes we are so blessed to live among, as well as the many excellent live music shows I attend. I mess around on the mandolin a little, and rock the soft glass beads when the studio isn’t too hot to breathe!
Dustin – AKA – Coach – Assistant Sales Manager
My obsession with glass art began about 20 yearsago in the parking lot of a Charlotte, NC, Phish concert. It amazes me how far the creative envelope has been pushed, and how sophisticated the art has become. I have had the honor of being trained by some great lamp workers which has come in handy at my position as a sales rep here at Mountain Glass Arts.
Brad - Sales
Just another Asheville musician here. I grew up in Raleigh and used to come camping and hanging out in Asheville. I knew one day I would "settle down" here in these awesome mountains. After traveling around and living in Atlanta, GA and Berkeley, CA from 2003 - 2009, I decided to make the trek back to my home state, and live here in amazing Ashlantis.
I've been a musician for most of my life and basically juggle my life between working here at MGA and playing gigs in two bands from the area. I also dabble in painting, love to go hiking for hours when I can, camping, snowboarding and I now have a new love and appreciation for glass blowing. It absolutely amazes me what people are creating out of glass these days. I'm a newbie at it for sure and have gained a huge respect for the art.
I feel blessed and fortunate to have landed such a great job at such a wonderful company where everyone understands the value of working as a team. I'm very happy to be a part of the Mountain Glass arts family!
David - Receiving & Processing
I'm on an eternal trip, always realizing that the destination is the present moment. Born in Tampa, Florida and raised in Houston, TX, a cathartic quarter life crisis transformed me from madness, to a death and rebirth in Iceland, and multiple subsequent perspective shattering adventures through Europe.
Burlington, VT was my Bruma home for 5 years until taking a leap into the mirrored absolute beauty of Asheville. I'm grateful that the stars aligned and presented the opportunity to work for an extremely cool company here at Mountain Glass Arts. I'm surrounded by a talented, hardworking, and insanely fun team and get to truly appreciate the mesmerizing medium of glass.
When I'm not bleeding in the import section you'll find me dabbling with glassblowing, training my fierce killer chihuahua puppy Gir, exploring the nature of existence, contemplating lucid possibilities, or costumed in ego as a recovering Houston Rockets fanatic...it may be time to grow a beard!!! All is as it should be...
Tom - Receiving
I grew up in Northeastern Pennsylvania and moved to Asheville right out of high school with my friend Joe, (he works here too) and girlfriend (and now wife) Ashley. At one of my first jobs in town, I met two of my best friends and band mates. I play in a band called New Olde Fashioneds. In this band I play bass, electric guitar, and drums. But the real star of the show is my beard, who is a real live Hollywood stunt-double. Now I’m at MGA and loving it.
Will - Web Development & International Shipping
I was born and raised in Burlington, North Carolina. I graduated from Lehigh University in 2001 and lived in and around Philadelphia for a little while. I moved back home to NC in 2002 and then to Asheville in 2005. I am happily married since 2010 and a proud homeowner since 2012.
Prior to Mountain Glass I taught guitar lessons and worked for a few different online retailers. I am an active musician and play as much as possible; I love finding those wordless conversations that only a band can have on stage. My wife Sara and I love to travel, cook and explore Asheville with our 3 year old son, Jackson. I am thrilled to be working with such a hardworking and fun-loving team here at Mountain Glass Arts.
Mike – Receiving & Warehouse
In 2006, I found the reason I was looking for to move to Asheville in landing the drum stool for the world/downtempo/electronic act, Telepath. I was fortunate enough to travel the planet playing music for so many beautiful, smiling faces- from Jamaica to Red Rocks and beyond. Now this crazy life has brought me to MGA and I couldn't be happier working with an amazing team of hard-working people I call friends and learning so much from the incredible artists we are fortunate enough to serve.
Jon – Retail Counter & Warehouse
North Carolina born and raised, I moved to Asheville in 2008 to live close to my family after graduating from East Carolina University with a degree in Drawing & Painting. Over the years, I’ve had the pleasure of making paintings for various art galleries, shows, commissions, murals, performance art, illustrations, and for plain old fun in general. Traveling to paint murals is the best, though. I was introduced to the world of lampworking through my sister who has worked in several studios around the Asheville area. Learning and helping supply the constantly progressing world of glass makes my job here at Mountain Glass engaging and interesting every single day. Nowadays, you can find me painting alongside live-music at various venues around Asheville, playing guitar on my front porch, or just being a general goofball around town. Random phrases from conversation? Yup, that’s my new band name…
Michelle – Retail Counter & Warehouse
I grew up between the beautiful Pacific Northwest and Eastern Tennessee. I have a solid sense of adventure and probably an inherited streak of gypsy, so it wasn’t long before I decided to move off to Alaska. I ended up staying in Alaska for about ten years, attending the University of Alaska Anchorage for Journalism and Art. Eventually landing a job at an art production studio I was fortunate enough to be taken under the wing of some of Alaska’s best carvers who taught me how to carve soapstone, whale and walrus bone sculpture. Alaska was an amazing gorgeous experience that I will forever be grateful for… but the winter’s eventually got to me and I longed for the four seasons I grew up with. I sold everything that I owned, bought a Winnebago and traveled up and down the West coast for awhile looking for the next great “place”. I wanted an eclectic free spirited area with good food, music, art and easy access to nature to get lost in the woods and rivers I love playing in. Asheville was a good fit so I took off across the country. Always having an interest in glass, I started dabbling in stained glass and became interested in glass blowing which led me to Mountain Glass Arts. Hands down, this is the best company, customers, and most hard working, fun crew I have ever been with! I am happy to be here learning and now part of the MGA family.
Kevin - Warehouse
Hi, I'm Kevin, AKA Kevlar, AKA Warehouse Waldo. I bounced into Asheville a few years back. Before that I had been sweating my butt off in the Antebellum capital of Georgia gaining prestigious degrees in Poetry and Eastern Philosophy...so of course, as soon as I graduated I decided to move up to Asheville and start making the boat loads of money that every poet philosopher makes! Ever since, I've been planting my roots deeper and deeper into this magical mountain town. For a few years I worked at an independent bookstore, loving the company of books yet struggling to make ends meet. Then, one day the wheels of destiny turned and I found myself face to face with a Deluxe Opportunity. Mountain Glass Arts. The dream job I never even knew I wanted. I feel honored and excited to not only be part of such an amazing company but such an exciting and growing industry as a whole. In my free time I can be found frolicking in the mist among gnomes, working as a freelance photographer, and generally having a good time with good people, good beer, and good food.
Zach - Warehouse
Hi I'm Zach! Born and raised in Charlotte NC, at 7:10. I enjoy long walks on the beach, candlelit sushi dinners and listening to you! When I'm not working here at wonderful Mountain Glass Arts you'll probably find me at one of Asheville's amazing local breweries. If you don't find me there I'm probably at home relaxing and enjoying my daily dose of vaping and video games. If you don't find me there... then maybe I just don't want to be found, ever think about that? I love MGA and all the things that this town has to offer! Hope to see you around! Shrek is love, Shrek is life.
Michael - Warehouse
Like the Sasquatch of the pacific northwest or the skunk ape of the deep south, another hominid has faded into the obscurity of legend: The fabled mixalis thomsonius or as it is more commonly known Michael Thomson or simply MT.
Pictured here, we find one of the rare photographs of a Michael Thomson in summer plumage, playing it’s unusual song. The nature of that melody has left experts divided and baffled. Many speculate that it is a step in some sort of bizarre mating ritual, the dulcet tones used to attract a mate. Others theorize that it is a natural defense mechanism to keep predators at bay. Both have been debunked as the song of an MT does neither of those things, hence the baffling of experts.
Once frequently glimpsed in the good-ol’ timey-mountain-space-rock scene of Western North Carolina, the MT has all but become extinct, thanks in part to the gentrification of its natural habitat: the dive bar. Gone are the days of the Get Down, the smoke filled dungeon that was Fred’s Speakeasy, and the cave-like darkness of Stella’s. The dank squalor which once gave refuge to this noble creature has been replaced with sleek modern lines and neon accent lighting.
Repulsed by its former habitat, the Michael Thomson wanders aimlessly through strip malls and suburban neighborhoods in search of a three prong outlet and space for its extensive pedal board. To date most MTs have been hit by cars, killed by poachers for their soft valuable pelts or met their end after becoming entangled in plastic six pack rings. Fortunately the philanthropists at Mountain Glass Arts wildlife refuge have taken in one, if not the last remaining Michael Thomson.
Michael Thomsons also like Ping Pong.
Charlie - Sales & Warehouse
Charlie was born on November 27, 1940, in San Francisco, California. He was a child actor in Hong Kong who later returned to the U.S. and taught martial arts. He starred in the TV series The Green Hornet (1966-67) and became a major box office draw in The Chinese Connection and Fists of Fury. He is also a skilled lampworker, and a great resource for many aspects of glass arts. We’re glad to have him with us!
Shannon - Purchasing
I was born in Roanoke, raised in Mobile, AL, and now live Asheville. After completing a BA in Public Administration from Auburn University I moved to Winston Salem, NC, with the dream of increasing government efficiency. After several years toiling in the public/non-profit sector I found my Truth – Glass. All kinds. Borosilicate, moretti, lampworked, blown, float, cast, scientific, functional, ornamental, utilitarian, slumped and fused. For the next fifteen years I traveled the country taming the medium and pursuing coursework in art and design.
In 2005, Katrina pushed me from New Orleans to Boone, NC, where I maintained a studio for the next decade. In late 2016, I earned my Master of Business Administration from Appalachian State University and came on board at Mountain Glass to help with supply chain management needs. As an artist and a customer, I held deep admiration for MGA's commitment to their customers and the environment, and I consider it an honor and a privilege to now be a part of this team.
I also know the proper way to cut an onion.
Kona & Moose - Mascots & Greeters
The Mountain Glass Arts shop dogs - Kona and Moose. They are professionally trained greeters and big lovable babies! They enjoy chewing up cardboard together, sleeping in hilarious positions and getting attention. If you come visit they will be certain to come say hi!