Louisville Magazine

DEC 2018

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24 LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 12.18 THE BIT WE LOVE A BIT TO DO Every holiday season, Louisville glass blower Casey Hyland makes more than 1,500 hand- blown spherical ornaments in his studio, Hyland Glass, in the heart of Butchertown on East Washington Street. Hyland, 46, opened the 3,000-square- foot "hot shop" and gallery space three years ago with his wife, Melanie Miller, who also helps make ornaments. Hyland has eight different ornament designs, which range in price from $30 to $50. This year, he added the "Venetian," a clear orb with helixes of fused-together glass rods. Throughout December, the studio also offers ornament- making workshops. "(Customers) get to experience the 2,000-degree forges and the four-foot-long blowpipes," Hyland says. "They get to be a glassblower for a minute." Hyland has had that title for more than 25 years. "Glass is this primordial ooze you can make anything out of," he says. "I think it's really vital for people to remember that things can be made by hand." — Katie Molck Every once in a while, I stop in the Kroger Wine & Spirits on Brownsboro Road in Clifton (great prices!), and the staff there have a poll on a sheet of paper at the counter. One I remember is: Prince or Michael Jackson? (MJ got the most tallies on that one.) When I popped in recently after somewhat of a hiatus, the store didn't have a poll. I questioned the guy at the register, Shaggy, who said they've counted and have done more than 200 polls, the first one being: Is a hot dog a sandwich? (Majority vote: No, definitely not.) He said they're now "brain dead" when it comes to coming up with questions. But they're open to suggestions. Ours: Will 2019 see another Triple Crown? — MCN

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