KZA Glass started working with glass in Chicago during his high school years in the early 2000’s. He was interested in several approaches to art as a medium, but kept returning to glass. The relationship people had with their boro glass piece really got his interest. Like many glass artists outside of the Pacific NW, KZA is self taught. There aren’t glassblowing schools available in many parts of the US, or easy access to classes by working artists. He started working with color in boro and learning techniques he read about on GlassPipes, the old Org website for boro artists. Studying there with trial and error on the bench helped him develop his own style on his own terms.
Eventually he moved away from working with the array of boro colors, and in to clear boro with fuming as his main focus. He found various boro colors tended to run in trends, but fuming always seemed to look good and was always desirable outside of trends. Fuming provides almost limitless variety too. He continues to work on his intense color fuming style today in the Midwest.
Here is a fumed chillum by KZA Glass with so much color! A cylinder chillum that looks fantastic. An intensely violet fume swirl paints the stem. A deep blue silver fume on the mouthpiece looks fantastic! The bowl has a more pronounced honeycomb of silver white with the blue, so the light source changes the tone quite a bit. Nice deep bowl for a chillum. The fumicello pillar marble is a nice touch. Amazing heady work by KZA Glass!
At 3.8 inches long this is on the larger side of medium. 1.5 inches wide with marble, and 1.1 inches wide without marble. A bit of heft to this chillum due to extra sleeves. Intense color from KZA Glass!