“In my work, I am influenced both by the coast I was raised near and the historical shapes and designs of my chosen art. The coast inspires me with its strength and beauty. Every summer, I would see a changed scene in front of our family cottage: the previous winter having split ledges and completely removed large rocks from the shore. At the same time, it created smooth rocks almost soft to the touch from the tide. In designing work, I am drawn to simple shapes with minimal adornment. I would attribute my design sense to Benjamin Moore and his extensive knowledge of Italian glass design and history. I would attribute my love of fine craftsmanship to Dante Marioni.”
- Ben Coombs
Ben Coombs received his BFA in sculpture and glass blowing from Hartwick College.
He worked for five years in Seattle with world-renowned glass blowers such as Dante Marioni and Benjamin Moore. He has also worked at the Pilchuck Glass School near Seattle and the Haystack Mountain School of Craft in Maine. Coombs now operates the Portland Glassblowing Studio on Munjoy Hill which he opened in 2001.