DO YOU CREDIT ANY OTHER GLASS BLOWER WITH HELPING YOU ACHIEVE YOUR SUCCESS?
TALK TO ME A LITTLE ABOUT YOUR STYLE.
My inspiration comes from artist that I look up to, from the past and from the present. Whether it’s something that Banksy did last week, or something that banjo did almost two decades ago. Beauty is timeless, so is art.
WHAT MATERIALS DO YOU MOST LIKE TO WORK WITH?
I mainly use straight silver in 90% of my work. I like the fume and the color change aspect of glass probably more than I like color work.
WHAT’S THE MOST EXPENSIVE/BEAUTIFUL PIECE YOU’VE EVER MADE?
In 2006, I was living in Gainesville Georgia and I had a kid that I had met on Tokecity, fly up to Atlanta and spend a week with me going over what he wanted, and he brought a bunch of broken pieces that he wanted upcycled into something new and beautiful. We took half a dozen roor pill bottle ash catchers and double-layered and recycled them along with some of the new cutting-edge in-line technology and made a $4k piece….. it was so surreal. I’ve never attempted anything near that big since.
WHAT WAS YOUR MOST EMBARRASSING MOMENT ON THE PATH TO “MAKING IT” AS A GLASS ARTIST?
I had been working all night on a set of marbles for someone and had waited until the last minute to get them done. I was blowing glass in the screened in pool room, and I nodded off on the torch and my hand came down and bumped the top of the torch and knocked the marble off of the cold seal. It rolled down into my lap, and burnt a sizable hole in my nut….. try going to the ER and showing them your burn up testicles. It was brutal, and way more than embarrassing.
AND WHAT WAS YOUR PROUDEST MOMENT?
3 years ago I dropped #nofumefumetech after a long 5 year break. It was something that I had been working on in 2006 but hadn’t had a chance to work on anymore because of my divorce and hiatus from glass blowing……. people were blown away, I knew that I had made the right choice and coming back to glass.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO NEW GLASS ARTISTS?
To be inspired by everything in their lives. And to give credit to people that spent days weeks months and years working on something just so that they could have something new in their arsenal.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE STRAIN/EXTRACT, AND WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE PIECE TO DAB IT IN?
There are way too many strains for me to pick a favorite. I love them all… And I have a little Fat Bottomed squat rig that I love to dab out of, the air volume is small so that I can get monster rips without killing myself.
IF YOU COULD MAKE YOUR “DREAM” PIECE, WHAT WOULD IT LOOK LIKE?
I’ve been drawing on it for a couple of years now, alien abduction scene, all of the different sections of the rig will be under clear bubbles like the Jetson’s cars/spaceships.
WHO WOULD YOU LIKE, MOST OF ALL IN THIS WORLD, TO HIT YOU UP FOR A PIECE, AND WHAT PIECE WOULD YOU MAKE FOR HIM/HER?
I got a custom order through a head shop in LA from Matthew McConaughey 11 years ago… I would love for him to want another piece from me now that I’m much better, and now that I have the time and patience to build something spectacular.
WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD FOR GLASS ARTISTRY IN THE CANNABIS INDUSTRY?
Smoking wise…hmmmmm, probably a motorized recycler that blows the smoke to you. Or maybe just a rig that you only have to pull on for a second or two to get it all cycling, then it just keeps running and blowing the smoke to you. (That’s in the works as well)