Ebelhare Art Glass: Welcome

Welcome ...

Ebelhare Art Glass is located in the historic and scenic Victorian town of Canon City, Colorado. With breathtaking views and numerous tourist destinations nearby, a trip to our lovely little town is well worth your while, and if you are a paperweight enthusiast, stopping by Ebelhare Art Glass should be a real treat for you.

The shop is not fancy and some tell me it is cluttered, but you will be able to view whatever current work I have on hand. It’s always a good idea to contact me beforehand to set up an appointment, as I do not keep regular business hours.

I hope you enjoy what you see in the website.

Be sure to look through the list of current works available and feel free to contact me at any time.

About me ...

I graduated from Florida State University in 1977 with a Bachelors Degree in technical theatre and scene design. I was supposed to be a painter. After a few years in the theatre I began to see that it was going to be a long road to get to where I wanted to be, and began to look for something that I felt would be a bit of a shorter road. I ended up in the stained glass business. I was quite successful in a short period of time and excelled in the field for several years, becoming one of the founding members of The Houston Glass Art Society. We were instrumental in the promotion of glass as an art form in the growing cow town of Houston, Texas at the time. A good time was had by all and some really nice art came to the attention of the residents of Houston as a result of our youthful efforts.

In 1979 some of my glass art associates invited me to accompany them to a glass symposium in Colorado. We were going to see hot glass worked for the first time in our lives, and I thought that the prospect of taking a road trip to a place that I had never seen to observe an art form that I had never experienced sounded pretty good, so I decided to go along for the ride.

I loved Colorado and was intrigued by glassblowing. I talked one of the teaching assistants into letting me give it a try and with a little help got a piece off the pipe on the first try. I was hooked. I wanted to be a glassblower. I wanted to move to Colorado. It took 20 years for me to get to Colorado and I have been working in a hot shop since 1981. If nothing else I am persistent.

I had some trouble for a number of years trying to figure out what I actually should do in the glassblowing business. Not everything I tried was a complete success to say the least. I was introduced to the Paperweight Collectors Association of Texas in 1991, and they welcomed me with open arms. The upside to this was that I actually seemed to have a talent for making paperweights. Things have worked out well for me since then. I make paperweights, which I love to do, and I live in Colorado, where I want to be. Sometimes things just seem to work out.

Drew Ebelhare