We were lucky to get this fantastic Tophat hammer bubbler by Bob Snodgrass! 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.
Bob does not make many water pipes at all, so this is a rare piece for a 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 and the @SnodgrassGlass_Official account on Instagram and ask them about the piece. The face quality on the Deadhead is top notch here, and with such a large face that really makes this a special Bob piece by itself. The downstem was made by Bob IV, and the tip of the mouthpiece is a UV reactive heady swirl By Ginny. There are retticellos of UV reactive Illuminati in the neck, and 2 areas of CFL glass Bob incorporated in to the neck. There are skulls sculpted into the neck, fumed skulls in the neck, and there are a few hidden skull and face millis that will take you a bit to find – some of them are historic and are over a decade old. Bob decides when to include the millis, or some small piece of prep made 20 years ago on the fly, and it often has as much to do with when it was made or who he made it with as the look of it. The details of a Bob piece are where the good stuff is.
This is an amazing work of art by the father of borosilicate glass art, a premiere piece in any collection. 11 inches long, the face is 5 inches high, and about 2.5 inches wide – so this is a large Bob piece. This will come in Pelican 1400. A unique and amazing Snodgrass piece! I will get some UV shots up soon!