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 sidecar steamroller with Brad’s newest style of heady work. He calls the new style Psychedelic. The amount of work in each section, and the number of sections in a piece is intense. Even at this smaller size there are more than 30 sections. A wine red and blues are mixed with an array of colors in between. The glass is fully worked and there are so many variations of color in the depth of the glass. Be aware this a right hand can, so it’s made for right hand use. In my hand it’s perfect to operate the carb with the index finger, and the marbles enhance the hold.
It’s 4 inches long, 2.5 inches wide including marble, and 2 inches high. This is a small piece, but not a pocket size. It’s easy to handle and so heady. Brad signed this with the Sanskrit symbol for OM in fuming on the bottom of the can. Remember, the oxygen blast of a steamroller tends to cause head rushes, so it’s best to be sitting down when you steamroll. Beautiful work from Brad Tenner of BT Glass!