Brian McCauley, aka gasp, discovered glass flameworking in 1998. Inspired by the autonomy and creativity of the pipe making scene he spent the next 5 years engrossed in glass. Part of the 2nd wave of pipemakers, his style pushed the boundaries of shaping and patterning, incorporating the influence of San Francisco’s urban culture and street art. Later that year, gasp relocated to Portland, OR, where he began to explore more classic forms.
gasp uses a variety of techniques to elicit an emotional response from the viewer. From subtle layering of gold and silver fume, to heavily saturated colored glass and vibrant transparents, the color and pattern create a body of work that maximizes light play within the glass.
This is a beautiful fumed sidecar hammer by gasp. The tip of the stem is an amazing fumicello horn. The mid section of the stem is pink with the heavy gold fuming. The stem down to the maria has swirls of blue, green, and violet that flower out symmetrically in the mouthpiece. It’s just over 6 inches long but this is a light piece that’s easy to handle. Beautiful colors in a variety of fuming approaches make this an interesting piece from any angle you choose. There are two marbles on this. One is a relatively large implosion marble on the can. A smaller fumed marble is on the stem. Such a beautiful flower piece! The heavy gold fume adds a rich pink highlight throughout this sidecar that the other colors play off of.
Generous carb makes control of your pull easy. Great ergonomics. 6.25 inches long, 3.25 inches wide with marbles included, and 2.25 inches high. It’s surprisingly light in the hand and rests easy in the palm with that implosion marble. Beautiful work from gasp out of Portland, OR!