Born 1952, Olympia Washington. BFA, California College of the Arts and Crafts, MFA, Rhode Island School of Design. Recipient of a NEA grant. Work is in numerous museum and private collections throughout the world. Designer at the Venini Factory, Murano-Venice, Italy and J&L Lobermeyr,Vienna, Austria. Longtime affiliation with Pilchuck Glass School as its Interim Executive Director, Artistic Director, Faculty, and currently a member of the Board of Trustees. Owner of Benjamin Moore, Inc., a Seattle glass studio, which provides hot shop resources and a team of highly skilled glass blowers to a variety of artists including Dan Dailey, Dale Chihuly, Lino Tagliapietra, Richard Royal, Dante Marioni and Preston Singletary since 1985.
In 1974 after completing his undergraduate studies at the California College of Arts and Crafts, Benjamin Moore made his first visit to the Pilchuck Glass School and caught the glass bug. After receiving his M.F.A. at the Rhode Island School of Design, Moore continued his studies on the island of Murano at the famed Venini glass factory.
At the Venini Factory, he worked under and befriended the Venetian master, Checco Ongaro. Their friendship became one that would redirect the course of the American studio glass movement. It became increasingly obvious to Moore that there was greater potential in the creative and learning process when working with a team of artists and collaborating on ideas as they have done on Murano for centuries. This team approach of glassblowing became Moore’s style of working and laid the groundwork for his glassblowing studio, Benjamin Moore, Inc.
In 1978, Moore did the unthinkable by bringing a Venetian master -- Ongaro -- to teach at Pilchuck. Ongaro was the first Venetian to teach Americans the art of glassblowing in the Venetian style. While Moore returned to Murano, as a designer at Venini, he was unable to convince Ongaro to return to Pilchuck. It was suggested, however, that Ongaro’s brother-in-law -- Lino Tagliapietra, one of the most renowned and skilled glassblowers of Venice -- would enjoy the experience of coming to teach in America. Since Lino’s first visit in 1979, he has returned regularly and his instructional generosity has been profound. His sharing of Venetian glassmaking traditions has forever changed the American approach to the medium.
In 1985, Moore opened Benjamin Moore, Inc. and the list of artists affiliated with the studio is essentially a “Who’s Who” of American glass artists. To list a few, Dale Chihuly, Dan Dailey, Dante Marioni, Richard Royal, Preston Singletary and Dick Weiss regularly work with the studio’s team to create their own bodies of work.
Moore’s work conveys a simplicity that is distinct in both color and form. His work is exhibited internationally and can be found in collections of the Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; the National Museum in Stockholm, Sweden; the Corning Museum of Glass; and the American Craft Museum. Most recently, Moore has been collaborating with Rhode Island sculptor, Louis Mueller, on site-specific lighting commissions, in both private and public spaces.