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.
Here we have a fumed Tophat by Bob Snodgrass that is initialled and dated in the boro with “S 18” on the bottom. Beautiful silver fuming is thick on the stem and paints it blue, this will change color dramatically with use. I can see the eyes in boro of a hidden deadhead in the stem, but I suspect the face will only show up during the color change with use – so that will be interesting to discover. As always we choose for face quality on our Tophats, and this is an exceptional face on the Deadhead with great details and symmetry. Blue in the chin from silver fuming, and transitioning to yellow with heavier gold as you rise up the face. This pipe has no carb on it, which is the original style of Tophat that used to be bounced off the pavement at Grateful Dead shows. 5.25 inches long, 2.75 inches high, and 1.5 inches wide makes 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 if you have questions.