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.
Beautiful colors are on this Sidecar Steamroller by Brad Tenner. Silver fuming at the bowl and carb add a cool blue. Cells of ruby gold are honeycombed on the base and toe of the can. There are tones of green, red, blue, violet, purple, yellow and others throughout this. The dot fuming in the bowl descends down into it. The silver/white webbing on the carb looks great against the blue. Both are nice touches. The color change with use will be interesting to see. Note that the can is on the right side of the stem on this, so it’s for primarily right handed use.
A medium piece at 6.5 inches long, 2.6 inches high, and 2.6 inches wide. Easy to work in one hand. This is a signed piece with “BT” in fuming. Remember, the oxygen blast of a steamroller tends to cause headrushes. It’s best to be sitting down when you steamroll. Beautiful work from Brad Tenner of BT Glass!