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.
This is a classic ‘crack and fume’ Tophat by Bob Snodgrass that is initialled and dated in the boro with “BS 18” on the bottom. The silver and gold fuming is heavy on this so depending on the light you will get more blue or yellow color in the reflection. The stem leans silver blue and the Deadhead leans yellow. Bob’s crack and fume style creates the swirling colors and nebula effect in the stem, there are also carved stars in there as nice touch. This is the kind of stem that really reveals details with a color change, so that will be interesting to discover. As always we choose for face quality on our Tophats, and this is a tight and symmetrical face on this. This pipe has a carb on it. 5 inches long, 3 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 Snodgrass.