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 fumed Small Gasplock by gasp. It’s his newest design, and it’s a Sherlock at a lower price and smaller size. A classic Sherlock pipe in his style of shaping and fume. There’s a nice feel to this piece and the lines are really clean and symmetrical. The fuming and colored cane comes spiraling down to the mouthpiece in the stem. The colors flower out symmetrically in the maria of the mouthpiece. This is a nice touch. Beautiful colors in a variety of fuming approaches make this an interesting piece from any angle you choose. There are two marbles on the can. One is beautifully fumed and the other is clear and they both naturally fall under your fingers for a comfortable hold. The heavy gold fume adds a rich pink highlight throughout the Gasplock.
A generous Amber Purple carb makes control of your pull easy. Great ergonomics. 3.5 inches long, 2.25 inches wide with marble and carb included, and 3 inches high make this easy to handle. Beautiful work from Gasp out of Portland, OR!