Hello World of Bongs Community, here we are for the interview with Oil Glass Contraptions from Arizona. Together with 2 Pistol Crystal he creates interesting pieces.
WHAT GOT YOU INTERESTED IN GLASS IN THE FIRST PLACE?
I was always a big fan of functional glass and when I met a few Glass artists (Preston Hanna and Mike Shelbo) for the first time and they were super nice we went to a glass art show at Goosefire Gallery and the pieces blew my mind and it made me realize it’s an actual career and that I knew it was for me. I then searched through craigslist to find all the needed equipment and thanks to Preston for a box of scrap glass to mess with and locked myself in the garage until I figured it out.
WHERE DID YOU LEARN YOUR SKILLS?
I learned thru books like Contemporary Lampworking and YouTube videos at first than after a year and a half I took a Elbo/ Joe Peter’s class at Glasscraft in Denver where I learned alot of my sculpting technique and hopefully one day Elbo will unblock me for making Kleinos back in the day.
DO YOU CREDIT ANY OTHER GLASS BLOWER WITH HELPING YOU ACHIEVE YOUR SUCCESS?
Yes I mentioned them in the previous 2 answers and I have nothing But respect and love for anyone who has showed me anything or taught anything and glass.
TALK TO ME A LITTLE ABOUT YOUR STYLE.
I don’t feel like I have one particular style I can call my own I simply make stuff that I am inspired to make at that time and would hate to limit myself on what I can make by trying to categorize my style.
WHAT MATERIALS DO YOU MOST LIKE TO WORK WITH?
I love to work with different metals like silver, gold, crushed opal, copper or anything that gives it unique depth and layers.
WHAT’S THE MOST EXPENSIVE PIECE YOU’VE EVER MADE?
The most expensive pieces I have made are the Rick-cycler (Rick and Morty) collab pieces that I made with Jordy Minnick who is a boss!!
WHAT WAS YOUR MOST EMBARRASING MOMENT ON THE PATH TO “MAKING IT” AS A GLASS ARTIST?
It’s hard to remember one embarrassing moment or 1 failure because there has been so many on this journey and I never try to focus on failures just learn from them and move forward.
AND WHAT WAS YOUR PROUDEST MOMENT?
I would say back in 2014 when I had a full page in High Times magazine of one of my rigs and being in that magazine was always a dream of mine.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO NEW GLASS ARTISTS?
The advice I would give is don’t get into it thinking you’re gonna make a ton of money but only get into it if you are truly passionate about the art and truly enjoy the process.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE STRAIN/EXTRACT, AND WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE PIECE TO DAB IT IN?
I would have to say OG Kush flower is my favorite and typically out of medium to small flower tubes.
IF YOU COULD MAKE YOUR “DREAM” PIECE, WHAT WOULD IT LOOK LIKE?
When I make my dream piece it’s going to be a multi functioning chandelier installation that’s all I can state.
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 would have to say Gary Vee because I look up to him alot and if my glass is good enough to get his attention than I would know I am doing something right especially since he doesn’t even smoke.
WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD FOR GLASS ARTISTRY IN THE CANNABIS INDUSTRY?
I definitely feel the future will involve platforms like the PuffCO peak because of its universal accessibility and how easy it is to travel or use in any situation. I also really enjoy the fact they like working with artist to create attachments for their platform.
IF YOU WERE SHIPWRECKED ON A DESERT ISLAND AND YOU COULD ONLY HAVE THREE ESSENTIAL PIECES WITH YOU, WHICH WOULD YOU CHOOSE, AND WHY?
If I was shipwrecked I would definitely want a spear gun, fire starter and pan because you need to eat and drink to survive, than salvage what you can from the ship wreck.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE MUSIC TO WORK TO/DAB TO?
I love to work to hip hop or anything that has good energy really or good flows to keep things moving. Love artist that have good messages in their music as well or things you can relate to them with.