Brad Tenner, or “BT” of BT Glass, met Bob Snodgrass in the parking lot of the Sacramento Cal Expo Grateful Dead shows in 8/4 – 8/6 of 1989. They discussed glass pipes and what was going on at the time. Bob showed Brad some things he was working on. They met up again in the parking lot of a Dead show in 1991. This is the meeting that led to Brad being one of Bob Snodgrass’s and Bob Snodgrass III’s early students. Brad went on to work on and go on tours with the Dead, and learn to blow glass with Bob Snodgrass and his family.
Brad comes from the Snodgrass school so fuming is king. It’s OG fume work by Brad that played a role in building this industry. In fact Brad was asked by Slinger to be in his “True OG’s” show recently. That show was put together to celebrate the artists who have helped shaped the industry from boro’s earliest days in the 90’s. Brad now lives in Eugene OR and is at the Snodgrass compound blowing glass daily.
This is an amazing fumed hammer by BT Glass. Several approaches to fuming are in this hammer making it interesting from any angle. There are two swirling fume implosion windows on wither side of the can that are fantastic. Intense fuming that has strong reds, greens, violets, yellows, and blues throughout the piece. All these bright colors from the gold, silver, and other metals shine in the sun and refract colors around it. A piece like this sets a collection apart, this is exceptional glass art. At 6.5 inches long this is a larger hammer that fills the hand. The shaping and ergonomics are fantastic. Operating the large carb is a breeze, which gives great control on the pull.
It’s 6.5 inches long, 2.5 inches high, and 2 inches wide including the carb. This Sanskrit symbol for “OM” is in fuming on the bottom of the can. The color change with use will be interesting on this as fuming colors will become more intense with use. Beautiful work from Brad Tenner of BT Glass!