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 early students. Brad went on to work on and go on tours with the Dead, and learn to blow glass with Bob Snodgrass.
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.
We were lucky to get to browse Brad’s entire selection he had prepped for the DFO show. We cherry picked the best if you want to save yourself a trip! The first piece we liked was this silver fume hammer with a skull cluster on the face of the can. Brad said it was his favorite heady piece in all the cases. It’s beautiful fuming that shimmers with blue hues across the piece. The skull cluster on the can sets the piece off. Deadheads and skulls are a staple of the Snodgrass school for obvious reasons. The fuming themes change throughout the piece and makes it interesting at a glance. Really comfortable in the hand, and the carb is a pleasure to work. This is a signed piece with “BT” in fuming on the bottom of the can.
This is 6 inches long, 2.25 inches wide, and a clean 3 inches tall. The color change with use will be interesting on this as fuming colors become more intense with use. Beautiful work from Brad Tenner of BT Glass!