Glass artist Adams hosts annual open house

Published 6:15 pm Wednesday, November 24, 2010

No matter who wins the Iron Bowl on Friday, there will be a celebration of the season at the Open House and Christmas Shoppe at Adams’ Glass Studio this weekend.

Charles and Mary Adams invite everyone for wine and cheese and to meet the artists between the hours of 6 and 9 p.m. Friday. The shoppe will be open from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday and from 1 until 4 p.m. on Sunday.

The couple has been hosting the holiday open house for 32 years and it has become a Pike County holiday tradition for many.

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And, for most, it’s a “can’t miss” event.

Charles Adams is a well-known glass artist and his Christmas angels have become collectors’ items. Each year, he unveils one or more angels and collectors are there anxiously waiting to see what the new season holds.

Once the seasonal angels are sold, the design is retired and will not be made again.

The first Adams’ angels appeared at a show that Adams hosted at The Emporium in Troy in 1978. They were met with such enthusiasm that he decided to create an angel each year.

“I just repaired one of the original angels,” Adams said. “I don’t remember how many of them we offered. Seeing that one brought back a lot of memories of that first show. Pugh Windham, whose woodcarvings are in the Smithsonian and an artist from Montgomery hosted it with me. It was real special.”

And, this year’s show will be special as well.

Adams will unveil three angels, all of them are children.

“When you have grandchildren, you start thinking like that,” Adams said laughing. “I think these angels will be especially popular because we all have children in our lives.”

In addition to the new, Adams will also shake the dust off his memories and bring back designs from the 1960s, including the flattened bottles that were so popular and the kiln-fired fish wind chimes.

“These are interesting gift items for those who have good memories of those times,” he said.

Adams will have seven guest artists at the Open House and Christmas Shoppe. Walter Black of Troy will have his unique pottery that is attracting many art enthusiasts. Trojan Frances Davenport will return with her crochet angels. Rex Thrash of Brundidge will also return with his birdhouses and walking/hiking sticks.

Potter Matt Brabham of Jay, Florida captures lizards and frogs in clay and instills them in his pieces. Former Trojan Nita Crawford’s kiln fired glass continues to be popular among those who frequent the open house.

The Glass Studio features nativity scenes, ornaments, mobiles, lamps, clocks, kaleidoscopes and a variety of other items.