For instance, West Virginia has a rich history of glassmaking. Companies like Wilkerson Glass make up the more than 500 factories that have manufactured glass throughout the state’s history. Wilkerson Glass, a father-son business in Moundsville, produces an array of items ranging from reproductions of small animals and knick-knacks to client-driven, one-of-a-kind designs.
At the age of 12, Fred Wilkerson Jr. created his first piece of glass. “The best part about being an artist is the opportunity I have to ply my trade here in West Virginia,” Wilkerson said. His works include a competition-winning trophy designed for the recent PGA Tour Player’s Cup and hand-shaped Easter eggs for the White House. Along with his father, Fred Sr., he has done reproduction work for companies like the Danbury Mint.
Currently, their products, along with other West Virginia crafts from talented artisans around the state, are available at shopping facilities like Tamarack in Beckley.