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John:                My name is John from The Cupboard and cupboardglasspipes.com.  We are at the Big Show in Denver.  What is your name and where are you from?

BANDHU:         I'm Bandhu Dunham and I'm from Prescott, Arizona.  I've been blowing glass about 40 years and I've been making functional work, like the pipes, for 5 years now. 

John:                Tell us a little bit about the first bicycle functional glass art pipe that you made and will be featured on CupboardGlasPipes.com.

BANDHU:         The Chthonic Cargo Cult Xorplex Module, which is in the form of a bicycle.  That piece was inspired by--  Well, inspired by a lot of different things.  I call all my pipes Xorplex Modules just because that's weird and to me, they have a real other worldly feeling.  Whether that's extraterrestrial or cosmic spiritual dimensions or something.  This piece is inspired by ritualistic art pieces that I saw from Africa where they were built up with many layers of beads and findings and other found objects and just ritual paraphernalia. 

                        I built up many layers in this piece starting with the glass work and then adding all kinds of different materials.  A lot of the beads are from Africa.  Some of them are hand cast, using the lost-wax process.  Some of the pearls are from Japan.  There's bones in there that are from the Southwest.  Shells from all over the place, some of which I've collected in Australia.  There's just all kinds of things going on there, multiple layers of stuff. 

John:                Tell us about some of the books that you've written.

BANDHU:         I've written a couple of books.  The How-To books that I've written, Contemporary Lamp Working, it started off in 1995 when I first came out with the first edition.  That was right when Lamp Working was starting to become popular.  It since gone into 3 editions, it's been reprinted a bunch of times.  It has a complete set of information for artists going to learn how to blow glass. 

BANDHU:         So a lot of the beads on here are from Africa, even the tread marks on the tires.  They're taken from an African market brass weight that's used for weighing goods in the market.  I press that on the side of the tires to get the tread.  So,  even the tread comes from Africa.  There are these brass beads, nice freshwater pearls, biwa pearls.  I love these iridescent organic shapes.  The tone beads are from Africa.  Some of these ceramic beads also are from Africa.  Yeah, just a lot of different layers of objects and meaning in this piece. 

BANDHU:         You can find my pieces at The Cupboard and at CupboardGlassPipes.com.