WIMBERLEY, Texas (KXAN) — Drive from San Marcos to Wimberley and you’ll notice the bluebonnets and the hills but in a nondescript building on Ranch Road 12 another form of beauty is taking place.
You can’t escape the Texas heat at the Wimberley GlassWorks workshop. “This is the closest we can get to shaping glass with our hands without going to without going to the hospital,” says Tim DeJong, head glass blower at Wimerley GlassWorks. Born in Canada and the son of a minister, DeJong spent his youth moving from city to city but he finally settled in Central Texas 20 years ago.
DeJong’s schooling and young love of art flourished into a business. He and his team craft glass sculptures ranging from $19 to $500,000.
While most of DeJong’s time is focused on his business, he still preaches, except DeJong’s parishioners are made up of glass enthusiasts
A newlywed couple skipped the heat at the beach for a front row seat in a hot and sweaty room which they say is romantic.
Vanessa Horodecky – DeJong does marketing for the gallery. Just like the newlyweds she marveled at molten 10 years ago, but what she saw was more than artwork. “His hands were so close to this piece of glass and rotating and being sculpted and I thought this was really amazing.”
Vanessa and Tim made eye contact and the rest is history. He proposed to Vanessa on Easter and the two exchanged vows in California five years ago. “It’s an art that takes a long time to work with and really learn it and bond with it and to be able to create something that’s really beautiful,” explained Vanessa. “And I would say relationships are about that too.”