Arts in Context

Get an intimate glimpse into one Austin artist's magical, complicated craft

Get an intimate look at one Austin artist's magical, complicated craft

Editor's note: CultureMap is proud to present the latest installment in our partnership with KLRU's documentary series Arts in Context. This unique series celebrates stories about the arts in Austin and the people who make this such a vibrant and creative city.

Fueled by her zeal for the ancient art of glassblowing, artisan Leigh Taylor Wyatt creates distinct glass works while simultaneously encouraging members of the community to take part in her time honored craft. Wyatt began blowing glass 23 years ago and has since cultivated an intuitive relationship with the material. She spends several hours a day honing her craft while creating colorful, dazzling works of art at Austin's East Side Glass Studio. The glass has become a constant in Wyatt's life, and she shares the lessons she has learned from it by teaching glassblowing classes to members of the community. The nature of the material continues to challenge and inspire her.

KLRU-TV, Austin PBS is dedicated to telling stories that entertain, inspire, and change our lives. KLRU highlights what makes Austin unique — whether music, arts, or public issues — by creating and distributing award-winning original content. KLRU produces several series including Austin City Limits, Arts in Context, Central Texas Gardener, Civic Summit, and Overheard With Evan Smith. As a nonprofit educational organization, KLRU also prepares children to succeed in school and creates lifelong learning opportunities for all.

East Side Glass Studio
Austin artisan Leigh Taylor Wyatt creates distinct glass works at East Side Glass Studio. Photo courtesy of KLRU-TV
Leigh Taylor Wyatt glassblowing
Wyatt began blowing glass 23 years ago and has since cultivated an intuitive relationship with the material. Photo courtesy of KLRU-TV
East Side Glass Studio
"Glass is magical," says Wyatt. Photo courtesy of KLRU-TV
East Side Glass Studio
Leigh Taylor Wyatt glassblowing
East Side Glass Studio