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Brand’s work, as well as the work of his assistant, James Woodson, pictured bottom left, and a handful of other artists, can be found at the Virtu Gallery shop. Brand is also a juried artisan at Tamarack. “Working with him has been great,” says Woodson, who is a glass artist in his own right. The Nitro na- tive grew up watching glass-makers at craft shows in the region and at- tended the Penland School of Crafts in Spruce Pine, N.C. He worked for Blenko, but welcomed the switch from Blenko’s “assembly line” style of 52 ❖ SOUTH ❖ APRIL-MAY '19 glass-making to assisting Brand and honing his own skill. Woodson’s Per- petual Glassworks pieces — many of them intricately designed pendants created by “flame working” with a tiny blow torch — are also sold at Virtu. Look for him on Instagram or find him at the Museum of Ameri- can Glass in Weston on April 20, at its marble show. Max Clair, a glass instructor for The Greenbrier, rounds out the Virtu Studio and Gallery team. For more information about the studio’s nar- rated demonstrations (offered April through December) and one-on-one classes, visit virtuatthegreenbrier. com.