Ron Mynatt began his career as a glassblower at Silver Dollar City in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Later, he served as the blown glass instructor at the Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock, before moving on to Terra Studios in Durham, Arkansas. Today, he creates hand-blown glass art at his Callahan Mountain Studios in Springdale, located in northwest Arkansas. His work varies widely including large and small vases, bowls, paper weights, ornaments, and perfume bottles, to name a few, as well as custom glass creations. Mynatt is known for his emphasis on form and pattern, as well as his intricate use of color and attention to the interaction of transparency and reflectivity.
“My glass gives me the chance to produce something that people like to bring into their own homes and show off to family and friends. I think it is so cool that people pay me for something that I enjoy doing in the first place.”
Mynatt makes glass from sand, soda ash, limestone and a few chemicals, melting them at 2350°F. Colored glass in powdered form from Europe is added to create just the right tones and shades for each piece and pattern.
A member of the Arkansas Craft Guild, Mynatt’s work was included in the touring exhibit for the Year of American Craft in 1993, and he designed and produced the 2004 and 2005 Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® regional awards.