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 a Large Skull Sidecar Steamroller by BT. Beautiful fuming that’s heavy on the silver here so it tends towards blue on the stem. It shimmers with various hues of color across the piece in the sun. There are three skull faces on this. One large face on the can, another long face down the long side of the stem, and one shorter face on the short side of the stem. It’s an interesting piece from any angle. Comfortable and ergonomic for use in either hand, and an amazing heady piece of glass art.
It’s 5.6 inches long, 3.5 inches high, and 2.5 inches wide. Really comfortable in the hand and the steamroller stem is a pleasure to work. This is a signed piece with “BT” 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. Also, remember the oxygen blast of a steamroller tends to cause headrushes, so it’s best to be sitting down when you steamroll. Beautiful work from Brad Tenner of BT Glass!