There is a documentary called ‘Degenerate Art: The Art and Culture of Glass Pipes’ that actually covers the history and relevance of Bob 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.
This is an amazing Tophat with a cool detail – Bob has a friend who owns a gold mine in Colorado who mined the gold out of the ground, refined it for Bob, and Bob used to heavily fume this fantastic Tophat with Colorado gold. When we say ‘heavily fumed’ we mean it, this thing is pink from the heavy layer of that unique CO gold on it. Bob is proud of the face work on this and we are too, it’s really tight. He signed this one ‘Snodgrass’ in boro starting on the bottom of the can/chin, so this is a signature Snodgrass Tophat. The fuming change to a soft blue by the tip of th mouthpiece adds a nice color variety that really sets this one off. There are skull faces fumed and sculpted in to the neck on this, and there are always some fumed faces and details in there that won’t show up unless you color change the pipe with use, it’s always interesting to find those. This is a unique and amazing Tophat for some lucky collector!
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 – @BobSnodgrass1946 – and the @Snodgrass_Official account on Instagram and ask them about the piece. A unique and amazing Snodgrass piece!