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Glassblowing Demonstration with Ben Dombey

November 1, 2023 @ 3:00 pm 5:00 pm

Drop into the Windgate Art School to watch UCA artist-in-residence Ben Dombey demonstrate the art of glassblowing.

Ben and his wife Allyson operate Dombey Design, a collaborative New Orleans glassblowing, metalworking, woodwork, costume, 3D-printing, and CNC machining multimedia design team. They specialize in creating fine art glass and metal sculptures, custom glass barware for patrons imbibing beverages throughout New Orleans and beyond, and multimedia costume pieces as founding members and maskers of the Krewe de Lune and the Cosmonaughties dance troupe during the carnival season.

About Ben Dombey

Photo of Ben Dombey holding a rod with molten glass on the end over a fire.

Originally from England, Ben Dombey is a skilled metalworker, in addition to an expert glassblower, and has a reputation for making sturdy, sculptural works of fine art in a notoriously fragile medium. Ben’s work is often multi-modal, with the use of steel and other hard metals to support the fragile glass components.

Dombey received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Tulane University and his Masters of Fine Arts from the Rochester Institute of Technology. Dombey has shown his work and collaborated on large-scale installations in multiple galleries in New York, Louisiana, Ohio, Washington, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Belgium, and the Czech Republic.

In recent years, he has worked as a Demonstrating Artist for Ajeto Glass in Novy Bor, Czech Republic, as well as the Roman Furnace Project of the Provincial Archeological Museum in Zottegem, Belgium. Dombey has taught several semester-long studio classes at the Rochester Institute of Technology as well as Tulane University and has taught many workshops by invitation at the Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass in New York, the world’s largest space dedicated to the display of contemporary art and design in glass.  

The Windgate Art School is generously supported by the Windgate Foundation with additional support from Sherry Worthen in memory of George Worthen.

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Glass Studio (L38)