An old wine bottle may seem like nothing but trash, but to Doug Nash of Chesterfield, it’s a treasure.
Whether Doug is dumpster diving at a restaurant that doesn’t recycle or searching eBay to find a particular wine bottle that has sentimental value to a customer, he has an elegant way of transforming an ordinary piece of glass into a oneof-a-kind piece of art.
The process used to make these unique pieces is called glass slumping. The combination of heat, various forms, and gravity inside the kiln causes the pieces to take the desired shape of the product. “We load the kiln, close the door, and don’t open it until twelve hours have passed,” Doug says.
As for the specific temperatures used to heat the kiln, he says, “I don’t want to give away too many secrets.” In 2004, Doug and Sandy Nash bought The Smashed Chefs, a business started by Tamara Kasser and Holly Reece in 2002.
When they took over, he decided he wanted it to be an online business. Now, the business features all of its products on its web site, which is how most of them are sold. The rest of the pieces are sold when Nash travels to venues across Missouri.
The product line has expanded from 20 to around 125 new and original products. Pieces by The Smashed Chefs include artisan crafted bottleneck necklaces, bowls and vases for home décor, serving dishes, and personalized gifts such as monogrammed champagne bottle plaques.
Visit www.thesmashedchefs.com for more information.