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  • Mobius Glass - or - How to be an Overnight Success

    Mobius Carb Cap Stylish and simple.

    Making it, as a glass artist, follows a similar path as many industries to make an overnight success. It's simple, really: spend ten years on the torch and you may have what it takes to be declared an "overnight" success. In a lot of ways that is what happened with Mobius Glass. The company founder, John (known as cIRclE to many in the glass community) began blowing glass in November, 1999, after initially pursuing a degree in music performance. Initially working out a small shop in the San Fernando Valley as an apprentice he fell in love with glass while also learning about real life.

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    cIRclE launched Mobius Glassworks in April of 2010, almost eleven years after picking up a torch, and almost immediately found that "overnight" success. With the dual core values of "innovation" and "perfection" John and his small hand-picked team of glass experts have now continued to impress and amaze for over seventeen years at this point. To absolutely no ones surprise John continues to enjoy his work creating unique functional art and still has a deft hand with the torch!

    Mobius Glass Stereo Matrix Perc The Stereo Matrix Perc by Mobius

    Perhaps best known for their intricate perc work, the Matrix is perhaps their most widely utilized creation. Using either a tube or puck of glass their technicians ensure that there are up to one hundred and sixty small holes for maximum diffusion around the entirety of the percolator. This perc is featured, to great effect, in many of their designs and allows the vapor-filled bubbles to rise and stack with minimal drag - Plus the vapor, or smoke, is incredibly filtered and smooth when it reaches the end user.

    Helmed by someone with almost twenty years in the business, now, Mobius continues to evolve their incredibly stylistic scientific style. Known for respecting other blowers ideas this team is committed to always pushing the boundary in a new direction - not to simply reinvent or restyle someone else's design. It has been an absolute pleasure seeing and experiencing what this company has made over the last seventeen years, we wait in mute anticipation to see what new things lay in store over the next seventeen years.


    Mobius Brand Banner Innovation. Consistency. Perfection.

  • Toro Glass

    When it comes to long-lasting brand power in the elite American production scene Toro Glass definitely sets an example. JP Toro's exemplary work in glass has a sterling reputation among collectors, too, dry pieces he created during the early portion of the 2000's are jealousy guarded - this reputation meant that by 2008 his new tube company, Toro, had already nailed down some amazing collabs with Banjo.  Founded by JP, just two years previously in 2006, this company jumped quickly to the top of the market by executing beautifully clean scientific work while maintaining deep ties to the artist community.

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    Since their founding some would say it has been onward and upwards for this company - We argue it has been downsize and inward, because the pieces keep getting smaller and the percs keep getting crazier! Currently their line ranges from Macro to Micro, clear to fully worked, and includes a wide selection of signature percs. Toro Glass truly stands their ground as one of the premium scientific production companies coming off of the East Coast. With all of the darkness that occurred in the company's hometown - Dryden, NY - JP founding his studio there was a much needed light for the Finger Lakes region at the time and they continue to burn bright today.

  • 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.


     

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