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Portland man makes hand-blown glass

Post Time:Dec 04,2014Classify:Industry NewsView:388

PORTLAND, Maine —If you are looking to add a touch of Maine to your Christmas tree, a man in Portland is making hand-blown glass.


"From the first time I saw it I was like, 'I want to do that,'" said Coombs.


Coombs first discovered hand-blown glass making more than two decades ago.


In 2002, he opened his studio in the back of the old Nissen Bakery on Munjoy Hill.


"People always say it must be great to go in and do what you love to do everyday," said Coombs.


Coombs is one of about a dozen glass blowers in Maine.


Coombs said he loves the tools, the heat from the furnace and history of glass blowing.


He said how he does glass now is how the Venetians did it centuries ago. However, back then Coombs said the craft was more guarded.


"1500s, 1600s, they actually put all the glass blowers on the island at Murano, and if you left the island they would hunt you down and kill you for taking the secrets away, and how they did it is very similar to what we do now," said Coombs.


During the holidays Coombs works side-by-side with fellow glass blower David Jacobson.


They mold ornaments and stretch long strands of molten glass that ultimately gets cut into holiday candy canes.


"When the studio glass movement started in the '60s or '70s people really did work alone, and that's how it was taught, to do it solo, but it's really evolved into being a team sports almost," said Coombs.


Coombs' designs are distinctively his own. He is a midcoast Maine native and his passion for the area is reflected in his array of buoys, lobster claws and other nautical items.


"Oh yea, it's all very ocean and Maine related. It's either inspired by Maine the coast or water," said Coombs.

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Source: http://www.wmtw.com/money/portland-man-makes-handbAuthor: shangyi

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