Video Transcript

Bradley Tenner:
First started getting introduced to glass from a head shop. I went and bought my first glass pipe back in 1988. After going on Grateful Dead tour for a couple years, I ran into Bob Snodgrass. I would go over to his house and buy glass for myself and watch him make pipes, and go on Grateful Dead tour to sell them.

After the Grateful Dead had slowed down and they stopped, I had started to learn to glass blow. 1997, I started to learn from Bob’s son, Bob Snodgrass III, and learned with him for a few years. Stayed in the neighborhood that Bob lived in, and then I started to go to Bob’s shop to work in 2000, and have been there ever since. I started to blow glass late 1997, and here I am now.

My favorite trend of glass is still Bob’s pipes because I love the fume. I love the color they produce. I mean, I love some of the technical work that’s out there these days from these people that are doing other things that are different from the styles that I learned, and I appreciate that, but I will always pretty much try to keep Bob’s traditions in my glass. That’s where I’m at.

We can see a lot of your tradition in lots of your work. Tell us about this piece.

Bradley Tenner:
This pipe, and it’s particular, it’s got smiley faces that I drew. It’s just a silver fumed Sherlock. It’s got, I don’t know how many faces, but it was kind of like an idea of a skull face, but with a smiley face instead. It’s a nice little thick piece. I tend to make my glass with standard wall, which isn’t a heavy wall glass, and build up on it, then start thick and bend down. So, yeah.