There is a documentary called ‘Degenerate Art: The Art and Culture of Glass Pipes’ that actually covers the history and relevance of Bob Snodgrass and his art, how it was first sold at Grateful Dead shows in the parking lot and helped grow borosilicate glass art. A genuine Snodgrass is as much a piece of history as it is a piece of glass art.
A beautiful collaboration Tophat by Bob Snodgrass with some insane fume prep by Bob Snodgrass IV used for the stem. We’re huge fans of Bob IV’s fuming and this is an example of why with tight spirals that fully wind the stem. As to the nature of the collab, this is probably a Bob ‘forced’ collab – we’ll explain. There’s a lot of glassblowing going on at the Snodgrass compound in Eugene, so there is always prep laying around. Bob comes from the early days of glassblowing when times were lean, and Bob invented fuming borosilicate glass with precious metals so he knows how much actual silver and gold is used to create beautiful fuming. He doesn’t like waste of the precious metals at all, he’s like the Miner from ‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer’ about the Silver and Gold – so if Bob sees a piece of prep that he thinks is going to be wasted, it disappears from the bench and shows up in a Bob piece. The stem on this is just such a case, and it sets this Tophat off as it mates well with the exceptional face symmetry and hues of color to the fuming on the Deadhead. Also this is the original style of Tophat with no carb. Bob believes it was his tendency to make them without carbs back in the day that kept him out of jail during the raids in Eugene. We know for sure Bob’s shipment was opened by the authorities, but the lack of carbs meant he didn’t violate the law as written. Just a bit of glass art history if you’re interested. 5 inches long, 3 inches high, and 1.25 inches wide made this a pretty standard sized Tophat. Amazing glass art from Bob Snodgrass!
The details are many on a piece like this by Bob, and if you are lucky enough to get this piece we encourage you to get in touch with Bob and the @SnodgrassGlass_Official account on Instagram and ask them about your Snodgrass.