Martha Proctor of Liquid Sand Studio first met Bob Snodgrass(the father of pipemaking) on the Grateful Dead tours of the early 90’s. This got her first interest in boro started, as she was inspired by the ‘coolness’ of Bob and his fame in the Deadhead scene. Collecting his work was a status symbol among her friends. She later started selling boro on tours with the Dead and Phish in the 90’s. She was an art major in college, and developed a desire to make glass herself. Martha learned making beads in soft glass around 2003 with Nancy Tobey. Shortly after she learned boro beadmaking from Bandhu Dunham, continuing to broaden her skillset in glass.
For eight years she worked in selling beads in soft glass, boro, and making pendants of both. Martha wanted to start in to pipemaking, just like Bob – her inspiration. But she found she was unable to find someone to teach her borosilicate pipemaking as a mentor in her area of the US. So, in 2012 she started teaching herself pipemaking with online research and home study. By 2014 she had developed her own distinctive style of functional glass shaping and forming. She brought along the florals from her beads and pendants days as she loved the theme of flowers. Since then she’s been developing her skills and reputation with Liquid Sand Studio.
This is a Shifty Peach sidecar hammer by Martha Proctor of Liquid Sand Studio. Shifty Peach leans violet in daylight and shifts to a light peach under fluorescent light. Martha also worked CFL Magic Purple Satin into this piece in the dotwork on the stem and bowl, and in the bowl itself. It lights up purple/violet under UV light and really adds a cool look. Two different kinds of CFL shift in this makes for interesting colors in different types of light. Fantastic dry piece by Liquid Sand!
This is an upright push bubbler with heavy fuming from Martha. The bowl is beautiful Telemagenta for a nice bit of purple color. The can shimmers with heavy gold fume as you get closer to the bowl. Interesting shaping on the neck adds to the look. Lots of color flourishes look nice here. 7.75 inches tall, 3.5 inches deep and 2.5 incvhes wide. The stem is a closed-end 3 hole diffy for nice function. Nice substantial feel to this, the first thing you’ll notice when you pick it up is a bit of heft with over a half pound of boro. A beautiful bubbler from Martha Proctor!