California

  • Fitted to the Industry

    Ryan "Ruga" Connolly is not your average CEO and Grassroots California is not your normal clothing line. Raised on the outskirts of Detroit, Ryan headed west after high school to earn his degree at the University of Colorado. During his time there he fell in love with the city but still heeded the siren's call of California upon receiving his degree. Once arriving in California Ruga first went to work in the corporate culture of real estate finance.

    As with many coastal Californians Ryan fell in love with the ocean, surfing, and the vibrant culture found at the beach, as well as in many of the beach communities. While enjoying his chosen past time Ruga suffered a severe skull injury - fractures in three spots - that caused him to seek and use alternative treatments for the recovery and chronic pain. With this new perspective on the healing properties of the plant he took a hard look around the real estate industry and saw a lot of his colleagues making a huge profit off of this healing movement and realized he desperately needed to change focus and find a new passion that more closely aligned with the counter culture.

    At this point Ryan decided he wanted to make a difference more than a dollar and, after receiving his end of an $11 million dollar real estate deal, left the finance industry to begin work on a film documenting the burgeoning California cannabis scene and culture. While beginning work on making his film a reality he used friends as a sounding board and think tank to develop funding ideas and raise awareness about the culture in general, that is where the seed that would grow to become Grassroots California was planted.

    In 2009 Ruga launched the progressive clothing company known as Grassroots California and since then has quickly come to be one of the most recognizable brands of hats in the game. Beyond his clothing line Ryan was also instrumental in starting the 710 Cup, a competition for herbal concentrates that ran until 2015. Between these ventures he has worked with counter culture legends like Jerry Garcia, Cheech Marin, Tommy Chong, Method Man, Griz, and many others. His company is also incredibly well known for working directly with many different glass artists and companies to create some of the most cutting-edge headwear on the planet - Embroidered, silk interiors, hologram bills, and more!

    Grassroots California is now an established brand with followers worldwide. Beyond being carried at all Illuzion Glass Gallery locations and illuzionglassgalleries.com they can be found in all fifty states and twenty other countries around the globe. Last year they put another trophy on their wall by successfully opening two permanent locations in Denver, CO, and Chicago, IL, as well as a successful pop up store in Barcelona, Spain. Ryan Connolly and his atypical company are definitely spreading the gospel of our culture across the globe and into the cultural mainstream - we cannot wait to see what this design-a-day company has in store during upcoming years!

  • ZOB - Southern California Science

    ZOB Glass was founded in 2004. Chip, the lead designer and salesperson for ZOB, has been blowing glass for well over fifteen years at this point. Since joining the Southern California-based company 2009 this team of production workers have supplied the eager public with distinctive styles and percolators. Their dedication to clean lines, as well as a distinctive graphical flair when it comes to ZOB branding, makes their pieces immediately recognizable even at a distance.

    Style? Oh, they have it. In spades. Illuzion Glass Galleries’ are proud to offer a wide variety of ZOB styles - bubblers, vapor rigs, tubes, and accessories - all manufactured out of German scientific-quality Schott glass. The innovative “wubbler” design is particularly interesting, it was designed to be a combination of a bubbler with the more traditional tube. Usually more experienced smokers find that a bubbler can be too small, while a typical water pipe would be too large - Chip and his team came up with this gorgeous Goldilocks of a piece, fitting right between the two. Not only is it between the two pieces in size, but Wubbler’s also pack one of ZOB’s unique percs into that package for unparalleled filtration to size ratio.

    The pinnacle of ZOB's percs - The Zobello

    Speaking of those unique percolator designs, did I mention the Zobello? Sure, they do make rather nice UFO, 8-arm tree, inline, and flat disc percs but the Zobello is truly Chip’s masterpiece. This perc is designed for maximum control on the release of gas, meaning that the bubbles are dispersed evenly throughout the ring and thereby more finely filtered. Not only are you getting a well-filtered smoke, or vapor, from the Zobello but it also releases the bubbles from the cylinder’s center - A beautiful visual as everything separates then reunites in a frothing roil. Functional and beautiful, just that simple.

    From their start as a baby scientific company to their current position as one of the standards for American production companies ZOB Glass truly has something for everyone. Chip and his team will no doubt continue to produce new and impressive Instrumentum Percolatus far into the future - Illuzion Glass Galleries will be here and proud to present them to you!

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  • Sovereignty Glass

    High Priestess Ayesha_GotGv2 "We are The Sovereign."

    In the latest installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe grand saga - "Guardians of Galaxy: Vol. 2" - we are introduced to a host of new characters and races, perhaps the most stunning of them being The Sovereigns. These golden-skinned humanoids are not birthed, but designed and grown - each perfect for a specific task, beautiful, intelligent, and proud. Since Sovereignty Glass appeared on the American production scene in 2007 they have continued to innovate since their inception with percs and shapes that were designed with specific uses in mind. Not unlike The Sovereign from the MCU Sovereignty Glass has quickly become a gold standard for the industry.

    Founded by Steve (a.k.a. - Machine Maker, "The Brains") - a native Californian on torch since 2000 - this company has engineered some of the most cutting edge percolator designs from the word go out of Southern California. These days you can find Sovereignty pieces in a variety of sizes with stemline, Stem8, gridded G8, recycler, pillar, and peyote pillar percolators. Beyond just expanding this line with percs Sovereignty also now produces everything from an affordable no-frills option to a sandblasted mid-range on up to heavily worked, heady, peyote pillar perc tubes.

    Sovereignty Glass Banner "So are we!"

    Having always been about quality - first, last, and forever - Steve has remained on the cutting edge of artistry, too, and maintained tight ties to the larger artist community. Some of these ties have resulted in SUPER heady collaboration pieces, truly the pinnacle of the Sovereignty Glass theme of pairing the best function and look. As one of the truly great American production brands Sovereignty is stocked at all three physical locations of Illuzion Glass Galleries - Denver, CO; Boulder, CO; and Omaha, NE - as well as our website via their own page.


     

  • Illuzion Glass Galleries' "Pineapple Rising" First Friday Party 4/7/17 with Mr. Gray and Friends

    ILL Glass x Mr. Gray Custom Satellite Recycler ILL Glass x Mr. Gray bringing the heat in Denver, CO, at the "Pineapple Rising" First Friday Party.

    Mr. Gray and friends definitely brought the heat to Illuzion Glass Galleries' First Friday event on April 7th, 2017. An entire cube of collaborations and new work sat waiting to be unveiled as the party goers began to arrive. With Pelican cases in hand, the fans began to gather around the viewing window as Mr. Gray and friend Justin Knoferl began prep work for an amazing night of collaborations with local artist Ill Glass.

    Mr. Gray X ILL Glass Custom Satellite Illuzion Glass Galleries' First Friday Event - Custom Satellite Recycler - ILL Glass x Mr. Gray

    As the night went on, the back parking lot of Illuzion Glass Galleries began to fill with many familiar faces of the industry. Groovy tunes, Amore Pizza, and beverages floated all around as Mr. Gray began decorating two of Ill Glass's custom Satellite recyclers. Around 9:00 PM the Mr. Gray "Pineapple Rising" display cube was uncovered and fans began to swarm and gawk at all the various pineapple rigs and recyclers manifested over the last few months. The showcase displayed many collaborations including artists N8 Miers, Joe Peters, D-Wreck, Bishop, Ben David, and F-Time. A number of solo pieces were also presented, including a new line of rigs featuring almost every color of the rainbow!

    Adding the final touches to an ILL Glass x Mr. Gray Collab Satellite on 4/7/2017. Adding the final touches to an ILL Glass x Mr. Gray Collab Satellite on 4/7/2017.

    At one point in the night, Mr. Gray and Justin decided to bring another medium into play and a completely functional homemade pineapple water pipe was constructed. All around, the night was one for the books! The finished pieces are still available and on display in store at our Denver location. Thanks for joining us if you managed to make it, we hope to see you all for our next event!

    Mr. Gray at Illuzion Glass Galleries Mr. Gray takes a break and makes fresh pineapple into a functional piece at Illuzion Glass Galleries.

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