It's that time of year again - when glass artist George Averbeck opens up his studio to the public for his BYOB event! During this event, participants sign up for a 15 minute session during which George will help them to create a handblown glass ball like his holiday ornaments.
Participants get to choose their own colors and blow their own air into their ornament! It is a wonderful keepsake for yourself or gift. Children are welcome and families often sign up together.
The cost is $30 per person and includes the cost of the session and the glass ball that will be ready for pick up the next day at the gallery. George is holding BYOB sessions on two weekends this year: October 27th & 28th and November 3rd & 4th. You can find out which sessions are available and sign up by coming to Arizona Handmade Gallery at 13 N. San Francisco St. or calling the gallery at
We hope to see you there!
We are proud to announce that two of our most celebrated artists at Arizona Handmade/Fire on the Mountain Galleries will be recognized in an exhibit at the Museum of Northern Arizona in early 2018!
The Museum says of the upcoming show...
More than 30 years of friendship and artistic collaboration between glass artist George Averbeck and painter Serena Supplee has resulted in a shared aesthetic of rich color and a similar lexicon of forms, defining elements of each artists’ instantly recognizable style. Confluence of Color features vibrant sculptural glass and oil works by these renowned Southwest artists, celebrating the natural forms and saturated desert hues of the Colorado Plateau.
The exhibition will run from February 17th through May 28th, with a talk by the artists and the museum curator, Alan Petersen, on February 17th at 2pm. You can visit the Museum of Northern Arizona website for more information.
George is at it again with BYOB (Blow Your Own Ball)! During this event you get to blow your own glass ornament with the help of artist George Averbeck. It is a favorite annual event in Flagstaff where visitors get a chance to experience an art form first hand with the guidance of a master and take home a beautiful hand blown ornament.
Currently sessions are still available on Saturday, November 11, 2017. Cost is $30 for the glass blowing session and the ornament that you create.
Call the gallery at 928-779-3790 or stop by between the business hours of 10am-5pm to sign up!
On Saturday, July 29th, artist Jianjun Yang will be joining us for another demonstration as he continues work on the teapot he began crafting the last time he was in the gallery! Stop by anytime between 11am-4pm to see him at work and ask him questions about the traditional Chinese processes he uses to make his ceramic artwork.
Jianjun will be offering some special deals on his pottery on July 29th when he is in the gallery! He is soon finishing his stay as a visiting scholar at NAU and will be returning to China, so we will only have his work through August 13th. Don’t miss this chance to see a traditional Chinese potter at work, or to add one of his high quality pieces to your collection!
Visiting scholar from China, Jianjun Yang, will be giving a demonstration and sharing his knowledge about traditional Chinese ceramic art at Arizona Handmade/Fire on the Mountain Galleries! He will focus on teapots that he has created during his stay at Northern Arizona University.
Jianjun will be joining us at the gallery on Saturday, July 15 from 11:00AM-2:00PM. Demonstration is free and open to everyone.
Unstable Table with Pink Tornado by Elaine Dillingham. Watercolor & acrylic on paper.
"The pink tornado of unexpected love disrupts a boring still life." – Elaine Dillingham
There is always more than you expect to Elaine’s pieces. When you take the time read her titles, to hear her explanations, and to look deeper at her work, you’re never disappointed. Elaine’s playful wit and thoughtful perspective skip out of her pieces to brush a smile across the viewer’s face, often without them even realizing it until their the edges of their lips are already raised.
Elaine explores still-life subjects and the human form well beyond the surface. In fact, one could say that the surface has been blown away. While keeping true to the form and essence of her subjects, her backgrounds, colors, and shapes bring out emotion, character, and even stories which could not be found without her artist’s eye. She doesn't tie herself to a certain medium, instead using a variety including acrylic, watercolor, prismacolor pencils, and graphite.
Elaine lives in Flagstaff, AZ, and is the featured artist for the month of February at Arizona Handmade Gallery. She has several pieces new to the gallery on display as well as lots of Paintings to Wear - small, individual paintings in the form of a pin that can be worn and shared. Stop by the gallery to enjoy Elaine's work for yourself!
ArtWalk and More
See what events are coming up for AZ Handmade and Fire on the Mountain Galleries, including features for each month and special events like Blow Your Own Ornament workshops and silk scarf painting demos!