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George Ayars

George and his wife, Robin – also an accomplished glass artist – own an alpaca farm on Potts Creek. Most of George’s work uses his own original designs, often taking inspiration from the tremendous natural beauty of the Alleghany Highlands.  George says “Life on the farm continues to deepen my appreciation of nature, a life in harmony with land and livestock, the timeless rhythms of nature and its changing seasons.”

George began working in stained glass in 1974 and has been teaching it for over 35 years;  including traditional foil and lead came construction, fusing, lampshades, beadwork and glass mosaics. He has also taught classes on many practical applications of glass work, including design, marketing, repair and installation. As a guest instructor he has travelled across the US, and written for various glass art publications. He enjoyed his own full-time studio in Burlington, NC for 6 years, before returning to his home state of Michigan to manage a major art glass supplier and oversee its educational programs. Since retiring to the Alleghany Highlands, he teaches a variety of art glass classes at the Clifton Forge School of the Arts.