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Beachcomber sees art and history in old glass


April 22, 2021

Caleb Vierkant/ Wrangell Sentinel

Andrew Hoyt "reclaims and repurposes" old glass into colorful pieces of art. Each bottle tells a story, he said, and is a piece of history. The Prohibition era, 1920 to 1933, was really when glass bottles turned into works of art, he said, as glass manufacturers started putting craftsmanship and unique designs into their products.

"The idea is to reclaim, repurpose and recycle," Andrew Hoyt said. "That's where R&R Glassworks got its name, 'reclaimed' and 'repurpose.'"

Wrangell residents may be familiar with R&R Glassworks, a relatively new business that has made itself known at community markets and online. Hoyt's art features antique glass bottles filled with water and shards of colored beach glass or clear automotive glass. They show vibrant colors and reflections when put against a light or on a windowsill.

"We reclaim the glass from local landfills," Hoyt said. "I have a couple here on the island and then there's...

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