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Eleanor glassmaker enjoys business climate, friendly people in Mountain State

It was a long journey that brought John DesMeules to West Virginia, but he’s never looked back.

The glassmaker’s work was chosen as the 2009 winning trophy design for the Nationwide Tour Players Cup, held last June at the Pete Dye Golf Club in Bridgeport.

“I’m just tickled to death. I think it’s great,” said DesMeules, owner of Glass Dimensions in Eleanor. DesMeules was born in New Hampshire and grew up in Florida. He met his wife, Susan, a native of Poca, at a Florida glass company where he worked as a sandblaster and she was a designer. The couple moved to West Virginia and settled in Putnam County.

“I think West Virginia is the only place to be,” he said, adding that he likes the fact that the state experiences four distinct seasons – something he did not have living in a warmer climate.

The business climate is a positive one as well, he added. “The people I deal with – from the state to the art and craft shows – are great to associate with.”

DesMeules was working for Hamon Glass in Scott Depot when he was offered the opportunity to learn glass blowing. Eventually, after receiving a grant from the Division of Culture and History, he set out on his own.

For the Player’s Cup design contest, he consulted with freelance graphic designer Travis Criner of Nitro to prepare a preliminary sketch of the trophy. The method he uses combines sandblasting and blown glass.

“You’re creating a canvas to work on; it’s always fun,” he said. “I believe I have a God-given talent, and I’m going to keep doing this as long as I’m able.”