Herb Babcock

Herb Babcock

Ann Arbor, MI, USA


Professor Emeritus Herb Babcock has been working in the medium of glass since 1969. He had been Chair of the Glass Department at the College for Creative Studies from 1974 to 2013. Herb was born in Bloomdale Ohio in 1946. Working predominately in metal fabrication, he received a BFA in sculpture from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1969 and his MFA in sculpture from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 1973. Represented in many National and International collections his sculptures are exhibited locally at the Habatat Galleries, Royal Oak, Michigan. He first tried glass blowing in 1969 and committed in 1974 to exploring a blown image vessel series. In 1983 he started including metal and glass in sculpture. The "Tablet", "Pillared" and "Vortex" series have dominated his work for the last 18 years. The “Pillared” series is about precarious balance and how when life climatic high or low point one may pause to realize what it means to be alive. The "Vortex" series references the breath of the cultural icon. The ultimate vortex, a black hole in space, to the most common, water going down the sink. A transition of energy, it is a journey into the unknown. The “Tablet” series pays homage to the original clay recording devise that marked the thoughts, aspirations and daily routines of the first organized cultures.


  • kilnforming
  • coldwork/engraving
  • architectural/public
  • accept commissions
  • casting
  • fusing/slumping
  • glassblower
  • steel/bronze fabrication and casting


Business Name:
Babcock Design Studio
1890 Upland Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48105