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.
A beautiful Tophat by Bob Snodgrass that really shows off Bob’s ‘crack and fume’ technique. This is how the ‘fissures’ of fuming run through the piece like marbling. The thickness of the neck is from that technique, and it also has sculpting and fuming in it – some of the fuming only shows up during the color change with use. The mouthpiece is pink with heavy gold fuming, the neck then transitions to a deep blue of silver fuming and then to the traditional yellow fuming of the Tophat. It shimmers with color in the sun. Tight face work here makes for an exceptional Tophat, and this is a signed piece in the boro with “Snodgrass” starting on the bottom of the can and continuing up the neck. A signed piece by Bob Snodgrass is always cool. 5.5 inches long, 2.5 inches high, and 1.5 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 Tophat.