Glass Art: From Lamps to CHAMPS

The functional art glass industry faced massive obstacles during its evolution from an underground phenomenon into an economic powerhouse.

New jobs emerge in the cannabis industry every day, whether that’s in the private sector or in public service at state agencies. But one of the oldest jobs in the business looks poised to continue its renaissance in 2017, soaring on the back of legalization.

But there is simply no cutting to the front of the line as a glassblower.

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Glass with a Story: Mark Lammi and Cruiser Pipes

Through 15 years of glass blowing and countless thousands of pieces made, Mark Lammi has been in the custom pipe game for a while. Beginning his career selling the wares of other glassblowers, he stumbled across an opportunity to start an apprenticeship in Eugene, Oregon, bringing him in close contact with some of the biggest names in the business.

“Being surrounded by talented artists and the best weed growers in the world, I literally lived that lifestyle to the fullest,” Lammi told HIGH TIMES. “I ate, slept and breathed glass pipes every moment, and in a lot of ways I still carry that passion to this day.”

That passion has turned into tons of projects over the years, but a more recent one combines glassblowing with another passion: classic cars.

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Michigan Glass Project Aims to Save Detroit Public School Art

Some of the country’s top glass artists will converge on Detroit next week for the Michigan Glass Project with the goal of keeping elementary school art education alive.

The Michigan Glass Project’s annual live art festival will once again see glassblowers donating their time to benefit Art Road Nonprofit, an organization working to return art to Detroit Public Schools.

Last year, organizers donated $80,000 to the program. According to ARN, for every $40,000 donated, 300 students are able to have an art class in their regular curriculum — meaning last year, MGP brought art classes to 600 Detroit public school students.

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Scott Moan’s Opaque Jawbreaker Creations are Jaw-Dropping

Glass artist, Scott Moan, drifts away from patterned pieces to create beautiful, opaque jawbreaker creations.

As the trendy apparatus for globs and bong loads reach new levels of lore and mystique, many glass artists’ styles are converging into a single, marketable aesthetic.

This is not the case for our featured artist Scott Moan. Whether it’s the headiest mini-tube or the next wave of scientific production pieces, you’ll be hard pressed to find someone else doing anything quite like what Moan is doing.

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SMOKIN J’S: Committed to Culture

With all the excitement surrounding the legalization of cannabis, it isn’t often that we stop and examine the post-legalization effects on local businesses. I know what you’re thinking…and no, I’m not talking about your ex-weed dealer, for whom business has been slow.

In a time when legal cannabis retailers can sell the same merchandise found in head shops, these businesses must take a unique approach to remain competitive. In speaking with Jay Fratt, owner and founder of Smokin Js, DOPE Magazine wanted to know the secret to his company’s continued success. How has he managed to not only stay in business, but thrive in a competitive industry?

Jay has been in the business for quite some time—specifically, Smokin Js is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, and the company has come a long way since its inception in 1997. Originally, Smokin Js was called Northwest Hemp Bizarre, and only sold apparel and other hemp-themed fabrics. However, he realized that his business model needed to change when customers came in looking for pipes, glassware or papers, only to leave his store empty-handed. While Jay’s true passion is the culture, independent thought and freedom associated with cannabis, he knew he had to listen to his customers. Smokin Js was born.

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BETTER AXE SOMEBODY: Mixed Multimedia Rig Dazzles

This outstanding, functional glass art was made by artist Jason Walker in 2016, one of a four-piece series. Jason’s inspiration for this glass came through his desire—and maybe a need—to create a piece that was more form than function; something that could sit on display and be viewed as art first, and a rig second. The use of multimedia, with wood and leather incorporated on the glass, creates a natural, pleasing aesthetic. This piece is also CFL reactive, which mean that it changes color under different light spectrums. The log is about 18 inches long, and the axe is around the same, so it will artfully stand out in any home.

Jason first started blowing glass in 2013. He was an avid snowboarder, but after losing a leg, he was looking for a creative outlet. He tried blowing glass and fell in love instantly. He owned a cannabis club at the time, which he sold to focus on his glass work. He has been happily on the torch ever since, saying, “I want to explore art. I’m more concerned with making art then selling glass.”

This glass is currently available by contacting Jason directly through his Instagram: @jasonwalkerglassart

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THE ABILITY TO SUSTAIN: A New ‘Kind’ of Farm to Table

Jeremy, or “That Guy,” as he’s known, started his carpentry business more than twenty years ago. He created beautiful cabinets, furniture and other pieces sourced from verified, sustainable resource manufacturers around the world. In 2012, Jeremey went from entrepreneur to ganja-preneur as a personal side project to replace his nonfunctional “dugout,” quickly expanded into the successful Kindtray brand. Following the practices of his carpentry business, Kindtray manufactures uniquely crafted wooden trays, sourced from sustainable distributors and designed specifically for any type of cannabis consumer, with functionality always in mind.

Sustainable Practices 

Decades of working with wood has given Jeremy a unique perspective on how materials have evolved over the years, and how he can best utilize the materials at his disposal, while continuing to create sustainable products. All of the wood used to create Jeremy’s Kindtrays are Forest Certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), responsible for the management of forest-based products that meet strict environmental standards. This ensures a green and sustainable product that leaves little to no waste and creates the lowest energy emissions possible. From competing with other local businesses in both the carpentry and cannabis industry to competing with Chinese imports and international trade tariffs, Jeremy is not only holding his own—he’s setting the bar for business ethics in sustainable communities around the world.

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Sculpting Killer Craniums

Annealed Innovations makes a mark with glass skulls.

In the always exciting glass scene of the Pacific Northwest — home to some of the finest glass artists anywhere in the world — it can be a struggle to stand out. But even in a shop full of killers, Nic Asturino of Annealed Innovations is making his mark.

Asturino decided to jump on the the torch after seeing his friends do production pieces in the early ’00s. When he first got to work, he dialed in his craftsmanship on spoons and sherlocks.

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Stoned Science: How to Take the Smoothest Hit

The laws of physics govern the universe, and everything in it—including weed.

Though the properties of physics often evade the thoughts of many cannabis users,  the people who design and create the paraphernalia that we all use must keep physical laws and properties in mind.

Let us discuss the ways that physics penetrate our everyday lives as stoners.

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Gregory Paul Scheyer

Frosty Trees On My Mind

Gregory Paul Scheyer

This beautiful northwestern inspired piece was created by talented glass artist and Oregon native Gregory Paul Scheyer in 2016. Inspired by the landscape and beauty that is Oregon, Gregory made this piece with winter on his mind. Scheyer spent a lot of time with his folks as a child camping and participating in outdoor activities; he has continued that outdoor lifestyle as an adult and puts this energy into his glass art. Showing us a little of who he is as a person when we view his work, it’s a treat to experience.

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