Ben Coombs has been a professional artist since graduating from college in 1995, and currently owns and operates Casco Bay Glassworks. He states “Glass is my passion as well as my fulltime job. It has given me an incredible group of friends and colleagues that span the globe. My time in Seattle and at Pilchuck gave me access to many mentors that helped me both professionally and personally. Social media has allowed me to stay in contact with the greater glass community–for camaraderie and inspiration.” Coombs earned his BFA in glass and sculpture from Hartwick College.
Coombs is enthusiastic about the potential impact of CAP on his apprentice’s career as well as the glass field. He sees great artistic and craftsmanship potential in Cara and believes she is on her way to playing a role in the greater craft movement in Maine. Coombs is dedicated to helping the fledgling glass community in Maine grow and flourish.
“CAP provides a platform to expand the public’s understanding and experience with glass.” Ben Coombs
Cara Taggersell received her BFA in glass from the Tyler School of Art (Temple University) in 2012. She declared her major as a sophomore after taking her first glass course, veering from her intended path as a photographer. Taggersell aspires to own and operate her own glass studio and be a self-sustaining craft artist.
“My interest in glassmaking and becoming an established craftswoman is not a temporary or minor pursuit; it is a great ambition of mine and a primary objective. I also plan to be involved artistically and culturally in the community by participating in exhibitions and becoming acquainted with galleries.” – Cara Taggersell