Dave Watts started metal sculpting in a friend's garage in the early 1980's. A decade later he began to carve wood, and by 2000 he was creating art in the medium of stained glass. Since that time he has honed his craft to meet the needs of the art market. Not only has he taken up fusing glass, and twisting wire, but also he has learned how to create mosaic art.
Dave has worked and created art in several states, including California Florida, Ohio and North Carolina. When asked about where he likes to create his art, he admits that being in Asheville, an art city, brings him inspiration, and community with other artists. He enjoys visiting galleries downtown and in the River Arts District, but admires the work of artists in other parts of the country. After all, he says, creativity knows no bounds.
Whether you are looking in Asheville for that special piece of art to decorate your home, or simply want to take a class in glass or metal work, call Dave at 828-231-1397, and make an appointment to stop by his studios. He is available six days a week, and will show you around the warehouse space in south Asheville or the studio in the River Arts District. There you can meet other artists, and enjoy learning about how sculpture is made.
Whether you are just starting out, or you have been making stained glass art for decades, we have the supplies and equipment you are looking for to create panels, lampshades, jewelry boxes, holiday items and fused glass products. Even broken and discarded glass is recycled into mosaic art.
Can a studio be more than just a place to buy art or take a class? Absolutely! Within these buildings there are many artists creating in different media, such as painting, ceramics, metal sculpture, jewelry and photography. All of this promotes a friendly and visually stimulating community.
There are three metal sculptors in this building, who create large and small pieces of metal art from found and purchased material. We are makers and artists, just like you, and some of us even display our work at a local gallery. If you would like to learn how to join metal to make art, sign up for a metal sculpting class.