Salt:

Here's one way to put it: people in this industry, people are like, always trying to kill it. And I like bringing it to life. You know what I'm saying? That's what it's about for me.

Fan 1:

Yeah, he's a very inspiring artist. He brings a lot to the table and a lot of new techniques.

Fan 2:

I’m from Cincinnati, Ohio.  I just met Salt. He's a great, great artist. He has beautiful glass work. Beautiful, beautiful.  Every time I see any of his work, I just tell him he's a big inspiration to me. I do a little bit of media stuff myself and he's a big inspiration.

Salt:

…trying to figure out what I was going do as a job or a career. I don't even know if I was thinking about it that deeply. I was trying to not be the type of person that does nothing.

  I was going to school and, and making that work and enjoying it as much as I could, but I was still in this figuring it out phase.

  But glass is not something that the community college I was going to offered, and so, when I got the chance to try it, I jumped, you know? I was like, "Man, what do I got to do?" And I kind of hung out at this little shop that a friend of mine was working at and just kept bringing in little bags of weed up and being like, "Let me just hang out and watch, you know?" And then, once I got going, I pretty much was addicted to it right off the bat.

  Back then, the money wasn't like it is now, you know? There, you could make a living, but it was nothing like this. There was not even half the number of head shops that there are in the country now and the laws weren't what they are now. And I actually got a lot of...not from my immediate family; they were actually really supportive but, my extended family was kind of like, "What are you doing with your life," you know? And then, as things progressed I've sort of proven myself or whatever.

  Usually the first piece of advice I give the up-and-coming glassblower is, “Pay your motherfuckin' taxes cause if you want to move forward, you got to participate in the system. So, I know that's not the answer you want to hear, but-

  I think I've been really lucky to be, you know, on the wave the last couple of waves of attention, you know? And, as the scene has grown, I've been lucky to be a part of that, you know? And I think I chose a name pretty well. Salt is like a memorable name. It's only four letters; it's something that people deal with all the time. And my style when I came out with this, I was the only one doing anything like it, so, really quickly I got kind of set apart.

Interviewer:   

So, do you make good money? And what's your most expensive piece right now?

Salt:

(laughs).

Salt:

Oh, man. You know (laughs) that's a tough one. I make such a wide variety of things. I definitely make good money. I can't complain about the money. I can feed my kids, you know? I can pay for the clothes. I can pay for the food. I don't have to stress about money. And it took a while to get to that point, you know.  My wife and I were able to purchase a house, and I make my mortgage payment, you know?

When I say life, I mean, like, in all its iterations. You'll see elements of plants and animals and sea life and insects in my work. It's all incorporated, you know? And the work is meant to evolve and change. So, the Salt style pulls from anything alive.

Saltglass.com. It's kind of a placeholder. I put stuff on there, but it's less current than Instagram. But, I just don't want anybody else to swoop through and take my website, so, I'm going to keep shit on there, but, Instagram's the best way, for sure.