Kentucky has always taken pride in its bourbon industry, and the dramatically increased interest, or Boom, in high quality labels has spilled over into much of the regional culture. Ashleigh Anthony’s work is a good example: hand-crafted from discarded barrels once used to age fine spirits, they are of a quality that matches the finer bourbons from which they draw their inspiration.
Anthony’s operation is a family business uniting her and her father called Art From Ashes. The barrels are made out of high-grade white oak, and they waste no materials, using staves, the individual pieces that comprise each barrel, as well as whole barrels in the creation of these unique items that are both functional and aesthetically appealing. The aging process for whiskey and wine alters the wood, giving it a variety of colors and visual “flavors.”
Anthony’s creations are available at Revelry Boutique Gallery in Louisville’s NuLu District. Anthony also teaches wood burning classes at Woodcraft on South Hurstbourne Parkway in Louisville, Kentucky.
Revelry Boutique Gallery (Louisville)
Louisville Visual Art
Her love for Louisville:
“At Art from Ashes we love taking rough bourbon barrels, which are so quintessentially KY, and turning them into art and decor that people want to display in their homes. As a Louisville native, bourbon is a part of my culture and to watch the industry grow along with our city, I love to think that we are keeping some small town charm in our artwork. ”