Introducing Ben Goldman Glass,
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The beautiful and intricate functional borosilicate glasswork of Goldman Glass comes to us out of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from the hands of experienced and skilled glassblower Ben Goldman.
Blue Frit Swirl Pendant created in 2006 by Ben Goldman
Goldman has been behind the torch since 2005 and has been innovating artistically and scientifically ever since. Ben, like many glassblowers in the industry, initially got his feet wet in glassblowing with the medium of soft glass. After a brief stent with soft glass, Goldman found he was not enjoying the art like he had imagined. It was soon after that Ben transitioned over to the glass medium of borosilicate.
It was a borosilicate glass piece that initially peaked Ben's interest in glassblowing in the first place; In 2002, a Banjo functional borosilicate glass art piece found its way into Goldman's hands and from that moment on he knew he wanted to delve into the art of glassblowing. Ben still owns that piece of inspiration from Banjo today.
After transitioning from soft glass to borosilicate glass, it was love at first sight for Ben Goldman. He soon after purchased a Carlisle start up kit for 'boro' glassblowers and received some lessons from veteran glassblower Jason Ryner (aka PA Jay).
In 2009, Goldman made his way out to Philly where he met founder and owner of Illadelph Glass Luca Falso. Ben began doing production work for Illadelph Glass at that time. Illadelph Glass was going through a large company overhaul and was introducing many new innovations in late 2009 including the upstem ashcatcher. Goldman originally specialized in producing these new upstem ashcatchers in the highly quality-controlled environment Illadelph has always been known for.
His precision and attention to detail did not go unnoticed and a short time after, Luca moved Ben over from production work to aiding him with the highly detailed and intricate custom work and assembly.
He later would not only assemble but would also create custom sections for various Illadelph Glass pieces, something he is still currently doing for Illadelph Glass.
Ben really enjoys making elaborate bubblers, both in sense of art and function when he is not doing custom work for Illadelph Glass; He does not mind working on the lathe (large spinning tool used in glassblowing as well as other forms of art and manufacturing) from time to time but really prefers they type of work and art that is done from the bench (a more freehand torch setup for glassblowers).
Ben Goldman's first real heady bubbler he produced from 2008
Ben Goldman working from his bench torch
Goldman Glass has recently developed and begun releasing variations of the Inception Percolator including production and custom versions.
Ben Goldman gives the functional explanation behind his Inception Percolator:
"The 'Inception Perc' was my attempt to make a large perc that still functions well. While still very smooth, usually larger percs fall short on functionality since the smoke takes the path of least resistance and only some of the ports get used. By bringing an internal perc to the middle or bottom of a large outside perc, I have found that most, if not all, the outside ports fire in unison. This is because the smoke must make it's way to the top ports on it's way out. Even more importantly, the smaller internal perc creates a high pressure chamber. This extra pressure is needed to create the force required to pull evenly through the entire outside sleeve of perc. It does this by amplifying the force of your inhale before the smoke leaves the outside ports. These are the best functioning percs I have ever made and are precisely what I would want for an every-day user. Thanks for considering some of my work to add to your smoking arsenal!"
This ultimately efficient function makes the Inception Perc great for flower and concentrates alike!
When he is not busy glassblowing, Ben loves to read in his (extremely sparse) free time and also appreciates viewing and collecting fine art of different mediums along with collecting very high end knives of various types.
2006 Goldman Glass Pendant
We asked Ben about some of his favorites and this is what he had to say:
Favorite Author: Stephen King
Favorite Illustrating Artist: Alex Pardee
Favorite Glassblower: Kenan Tiemeyer
Favorite Musical Artist: The Grouch
Favorite Movie: Life of Pi