Meet Glassblower and Business Owner Ben Belgrad
Invigorating the Vail Valley art scene with drinking vessels
Whoever said cups can’t be art? Certainly not Ben Belgrad, a glassblower and business owner who is invigorating the Vail Valley art scene with Drinking Vessels, a new-age marketplace devoted to uniquely talented glassblowers and their handmade artisan drinkware. With a funky, cluttered artistic hub called Bat Country Studio in Minturn (located between Vail and Beaver Creek), Belgrad’s studio is a home to the underground glassblowing art world, most of whom are dedicated to the arduous work of borosilicate (scientific-grade) glassmaking. Different than soft or furnace glass (used in commercial glassware), this method requires a higher temperature to melt, thus allowing for more detailed work.
The resulting creations are funky, imaginative and fantastically weird, ranging in themes from fruit to feathers to Missoni-inspired cups (although there are also more traditional pieces for those who want something more muted). Prices range from $50 for a glass to $10,000 for collectors’ items. Visit drinkingvessels.com to book an appointment or find out about upcoming pop-up shows.