Amber Carman is a blown glass artist living and producing art in Wild & Wonderful West Virginia. Originally from central Arkansas, she has lived in Kentucky, New Jersey & Tennessee. In 2003, she left a sales career to accept an apprenticeship to learn off hand glass blowing techniques from Master Craftsman Joe Deanda at the Rainbow Glass Factory inside Dollywood Amusement Park at Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.
In a bold move to West Virginia in 2009, she worked for and trained under Ron Hinkle, Master Craftsman, and has spent several years perfecting her own technique. She took a course at a West Virginia trade school and is a certified welder, using these skills to make her own tools and built her own furnace. While in school, she won the state division for metal art sculpture and went on to represent her school at the SkillsUSA competition in Kansas City in June, 2011. There, she took 3rd place and won the bronze. Amber is constantly striving to improve her skills and to learn new things. She is hard working and fiercely independent.
This is not about function-- sunlight catching a color through the glass and tossing it onto a wall. It’s about handmade whimsies that are fun and colorful and help us reflect on simple, sweeter times, maybe a reminder of a childhood visit to a wondrous candy store or a soda pop in a glass bottle. It is about the light passing through the glass in a way that brings a room to life with action and color! Every piece will always be unique because no matter how many times practiced, human fluctuations imprint onto the glass. Glossy shiny satin smooth colorful difficult fiery fragile dangerous challenging beautiful GLASS!