21 Glass Bongs That Will Change Your Views On Fine Art

21. Demeter’s Icon by IO Glass.  “Demeter’s Icon” rig and pendant amulet was created by Joe Jeffrey of IO Glass, with cadmium yellow, magnetic dabber, and magnetic display stand.  He attended Eckerd College in the Tampa Bay/St. Petersburg, Florida area, and helped develop the college glass program through Zen Glass Studio.  He worked for Zen Glass for many years before moving out west to Oregon, and is currently based in Washington.

Source: IO Glass.

Source: IO Glass. All photos © their respective owners with permission granted for this blog post unless otherwise noted.

20. Heady Dragon by Mike Luna.  Adorned with a beautiful color combination and a perfectly placed opal, glass artist Mike Luna created this fiery, functional dragon.

Source: Mike Luna.

Source: Mike Luna.

19. Brainiac Alien by Rjglass. Glass artist Ryan Schwartzle Rjglass is based out of South Dakota and began his love affair with glass seven years ago and counting.

Source: Rjglass.

Source: Rjglass.

18. Robot Chicken by Smart Glass. Glass artist Jeff Smart specializes in crafting functional artwork which comes to life through animation and personality with vibrant colored glass.

Source: Smart Glass.

Source: Smart Glass.

17. Gasmask Buddha by Creep Glass. Distinctive and thought-provoking, Gasmask Buddha was created by Jacob Lee aka Creep Glass, an extraordinary glass artist based out of Washington.

Source: Creep Glass.

Source: Creep Glass.

16. The Wizard by Carsten Carlile.  While working several jobs to put himself through college, Carsten Carlile began his first job in the glass industry with a broom in his hand, helping clean up a local shop in Eugene, Oregon.  He felt an immediate draw to glass, and in 1995 began working on the torch.  Knowing he had found his calling, he left college to pursue glass blowing full time.  The reward was worth the risk, and he now works from his shop in Bend, Oregon.

Source: Carsten Carlile.

Source: Carsten Carlile.

Source: Carsten Carlile.

Source: Carsten Carlile.

15. Weapons of Glass Construction by Darby Holm. Darby Holm is passionate about advancing the glass industry by continuously pushing his work to new heights and utilizing innovative ways to explore this incredible medium.  The below functional piece elegantly fades to purple and is part of his fresh Weapons of Glass Construction series.

“Glass found me in the mid 90′s like a moth to a light I could not look away.” – Darby Holm

Source: Darby Holm.

Source: Darby Holm.

14. Space Monkey by Coyle Condenser. A favorite solo piece by Daniel Shawn Coyle, Space Monkey has received national recognition and has been displayed at MADEgallery in Chicago during the Glass Art Society Conference, and CoCA’s pipe show in Seattle.  Coyle has also studied Scientific Glassblowing at Salem Community College, known as one of the best formal education programs for glass in the country.

Source: Coyle Condenser.

Source: Coyle Condenser.

Source: Coyle Condenser.

Source: Coyle Condenser.

13. Chicken Jumped Over The Moon by Matt Robertson & JOP.  Canadian glass artist Matt Robertson of MeGlassworks, and Josh Opdenaker of JOP! Glass who was born and raised in Philadelphia, worked together to develop this epic functional collaboration.

Source: MeGlassworks / JOP! Glass.

Source: MeGlassworks / JOP! Glass.

12. Opal Goddess Collab by Big Z & Korey Glass.  This detailed collaboration between Big Z Glass and Korey Glass boasts a very detailed and complicated composition, including two goddesses, opal, and numerous breathtaking features.

Source: Big Z Glass / Korey Glass.

Source: Big Z Glass / Korey Glass.

11. Breaking Bad Tribute by Ryan Green & Devin Somerville. Badass to say the least, artists Ryan Green of Ghost Glass and Devin Somerville created functional glass art versions of Walt and Jesse from the Breaking Bad television series.

Source: Ghost Glass / Devin Somerville.

Source: Ghost Glass / Devin Somerville.

Ghost Glass and Devin Somerville Breaking Bad glass art collab

Source: Ghost Glass / Devin Somerville

10. Albino Peacock by Burtoni.  Previously from the Aloha State, Colorado based artist Ben Burton is recognized for elaborate sculptural works made primarily with borosilicate glass.  Lampworking for over a decade, his expert skills shine through in this remarkable solo piece.

Source: Ben Burton.

Source: Ben Burton.

9. Elemental Design by Hoobs Glass.  Glass artist Adam Whobrey, known as Hoobs Glass, created this elegant, and earthly design, which was displayed at Thnk Tank LA, and photographed by ARey.

Source: Hoobs Glass / ARey.

Source: Hoobs Glass / ARey.

8. Burlesque Dancers by Dellene Peralta. Receiving multiple nominations for this year’s American Glass Expo, Oregon based artist Dellene Peralta is catapulting to the top of the glass industry.

Source: Dellene Peralta.

Source: Dellene Peralta.

7. Abstract Curves by David Colton.  Massachusetts based artist David Colton creates glass pieces easily identified by unique curvature, abstract design, and graffiti-like style.

Source: David Colton.

Source: David Colton.

6. Syringoscope & Candyscope by JOP, Elbo, & Snic.  Three talented artists, JOP! Glass, Elbo Glass, and Snic Barnes, developed this distinctive and alluring collaboration series.

Source: Snic Barnes / JOP! Glass / Elbo Glass.

Source: Snic Barnes / JOP! Glass / Elbo Glass.

Source: Snic Barnes / JOP! Glass / Elbo Glass.

Source: Snic Barnes / JOP! Glass / Elbo Glass.

5. UV Tron Tube by Ryan Fitt.  Based in Santa Rosa, California, this immaculate glass art tube was created by renowned artist Ryan Fitt, and glows under ultraviolet light.  Even in regular light, this incredible piece still appears to be from another planet!

Source: Ryan Fitt.

Source: Ryan Fitt.

Source: Ryan Fitt.

Source: Ryan Fitt.

4. Brother Fish Arm by T-FUNK. T-Funk Glass artist Taylor Post created this sculptural glass rig with bold colors and intricate details.  Photographed by Wind Home Photography.

Source: TFUNK / Wind Home Photography.

Source: TFUNK / Wind Home Photography.

Source: TFUNK / Wind Home Photography.

Source: TFUNK / Wind Home Photography.

3. Eushaman by Calm Glass and Eush Glass.  Sculptural and functional come to life in this awe-inspiring collaboration between eminent artists Calm Glass and Eusheen Goines.

Source: Eusheen / CalM Glass.

Source: Eusheen / CalM Glass.

2. Mechanical Alien Rig by Freeek Glass.  Freeek Glass consistently makes incredible and elaborate glass rigs, like this one photographed by Toke City.

Source: Freeek Glass / Toke City.

Source: Freeek Glass / Toke City.

1. Ushuru by Brandon Martin.  This sensational piece by Brandon Martin is functional art with mixed media, including glass and cast bronze.  Featured at Habatat Galleries Contemporary Pipemaking show during Art Basel 2014 in Miami, Florida, this astonishing piece is available through the gallery.

Source: Brandon Martin.

Source: Brandon Martin.

Source: Brandon Martin.

Source: Brandon Martin.

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