Our intention at Gather is to connect with community through art, food and farming.
Gather is an embryonic space of possibility where free will, creativity and passion give birth to our vision. We are a naturally evolving project and grow as relationships are made. Currently our hot shop and glass art gallery is open at 521 Atwells Avenue in Providence. Next door at 519 Atwells Avenue Gather Cafe is being thoughtfully and sustainably created with the help of local craftspeople. Gather Farm is located just 3.5 miles away at 378 Greenville Avenue in Johnston.
Ben Giguere (b. 1978) fortuitously took a temporary job in 1997 at a small-town Vermont crystal glass factory called Simon Pearce.This serendipity evolved into a career of eleven years; Ben soon became full-time as he was presented with the opportunity to apprentice and learn the craft of glassblowing with master glass workers from around the world. Experimenting with color in free-form glassblowing in Burlington Vermont as he developed his craft. His training with masters from Sweden, the Czech Republic, Ireland and England continues to influence his work today.
In 2008, Ben moved to Providence, RI, in pursuit to learn other glassmaking techniques. This led him to casting and molding glass into objects for Steven Weinberg, one of the American Studio Glass movement's most well known artists, an opportunity that came to influence Ben's own work through cutting and polishing. In 2011, Ben helped create GATHER GLASS in Providence, a new chapter in his fifteen-year career with this combination showcase for his own glass creations while simultaneously providing space for teaching and designing, all the while still as Studio Manager at Weinberg Glass, Pawtucket, RI, and Head Glass Designer in product development at the Plant Nanny Company in Lebanon, NH.