Wauhatchie Glassworks is the culmination and ongoing result of incessant dreaming, thinking, and working. It is the studio of Prentice Hicks.

First and foremost, WAWhatchee, pronounced as we non-indigenous people pronounce it, is the name of a Cherokee chief who fought in the war of 1812 and lived 4 miles from where the studio is today. Chief Wauhatchie had the rail siding through this area named for him and then in 1863 the location became quite fertile and toxic with the blood and lead of thousands of Americans from the South and North.

Of course in 1838 a very large portion of Chief Wauhatchie's brethren took the boat from near this place to the new home in Oklahoma. Most of the survivors' and perpetrators' descendants recall this as the Trail Of Tears.

We're busy paving over that history now, but occasionally we make things in this locale that have real cultural significance, beauty, and history.

The hope, dream, and reality at Wauhatchie Glassworks is that we make things that touch people, not only today when they first grasp and use these objects, but also long into the future, with those who are fortunate enough to inherit the art and craft that make cultural sense today.

I walk this area a lot to find only my footprints and the occasional artifact of bygone days and find it curious to see the traces of pre-history alongside the detritus of current events. Thus I feel an added impetus to make what I will be proud of for years to come.

As I make the work seen here, I follow several simple caveats:prenticehicksflutes
  • form follows function
  • art imitates nature
  • the trash can is the best tool to ensure quality.

Sometimes the order mentioned is not the order followed.