Hazel's Blown Glass Craftsmen

Shawn Watt is a master glass blower at Hazel's located at Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri.

Shawn Watt blows glass at Silver Dollar City.

Master Craftsman Shawn Watt

Shawn Watt creates elegant yet functional works of art as Master Craftsman at Hazel's Blown & Cut Glass.

A Craftsman In The Making

Shawn Watt was born in Anchorage, Alaska, and grew up in St. Joseph, Michigan. While in high school, Shawn took a glass blowing class at a local studio and discovered a natural talent for the craft which eventually earned him a job working there. After graduating, he continued honing his skills by taking classes from craftsmen across the country and visiting glass studios all over the world.

The Silver Dollar City Years

Shawn fell in love with Silver Dollar City during his first visit in 2009. Within minutes after stepping into Hazel's Blown & Cut Glass, he heard they were hiring. He got the job and he and his wife packed up and moved from North Carolina to Branson a week later. "It's exciting to not only be a part of the 5,000-year history of glass makers, but even more fulfilling to be a part of the rich heritage of craftsmen at Silver Dollar City. I am thrilled to collaborate with all the other crafters here." Shawn describes his vision as "blending form and function to create a unique design that will work great in any home."

Interesting Extras

One of Shawn's passions outside of art is experimenting with new and inventive pizza recipes for his wife and children.

Tim Weldon, a craftsman at Silver Dollar City

Tim Weldon
Senior Craftsman

Tim Weldon became hooked on glass blowing nearly two decades ago. He loves the versatility of glass in turning ideas into art, such as his glass elephants.

Sam Aldridge, a craftsman at Silver Dollar City

Sam Aldridge
Senior Craftsman

Sam Aldridge took a class in glass blowing and decided immediately that he had found his new career. He has always enjoyed working with his hands and loves being a craftsman, which he says combines the best of both form and function.

He enjoys the the test of blowing glass at 2200 degrees, and managing heat, movement and fragility. But afterward, he says "you feel on top of the world."

Alex Dulle, a craftsman at Silver Dollar City

Alex Dulle
Associate Craftsman

Alex Dulle says glass blowing includes all the elements she loves — sequence, rhythm and technique. She enjoys finishing a piece and hearing the crowd of guests say "Oooooh!"

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