Tyler Massoth, or Mooseandfire Glass, got his start in glass art from his father. In 1999, at 6 years of age, Tyler started helping his dad make blown Christmas ornaments. This went on for years and he learned a lot from this informal training. Around 13 or 14 Tyler developed an interest in color changing glass and started trying to learn pipemaking. He did his own self education on fuming with precious metals, and started making crude attempts. Over the next 10 years Tyler refined and developed his own fuming and shaping style as he had no mentors to teach him. This made his development a slow process, but that is also the reason his fuming and shaping has a rather unique look – his styles were developed on his own. Tyler now has a signature heady look to his work that is striking at a glance.
This is an amazing Squatlock Bubbler with a fantastic periscope carb. Four fumed horns and four fumicello marbles set the piece off. The symmetrical dot box fuming on the base is highlighted by bubble trap work separating each box. The long, graceful fumed horns and bowl are fumed with amazing color that leans pink in the shade, and more orange in sunlight. They are not CFL, it’s just real skill at dialing in the color play of the fuming in the light. The can and carb stem lean blue with silver fuming and it looks great against the stronger gold colors. The intensity of the fuming grabs the eye on this. So many cool details on an insane bubbler.
The snorkel or periscope carb is a real advantage on a bubbler. You clear your pull from below the water level so it makes for excellent function. At 6 inches tall, 3 inches wide, and 3 inches deep, this is not a large piece. It leans to the small side in fact, including the 10mm stem. This piece is signed “Moose” and dated in Ti pen. Fantastic work from Tyler Massoth!