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  • 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!

  • Manifest (Glassworks) Destiny

    New York state-based Manifest Glassworks (or MGW) has been making quality American production glass for over a decade now as though it were their destiny to do so. Bonz, the owner and company mastermind, has been working glass for over fifteen years and made a name for himself back in the day by making functional art out of custom stick stacks and early dichroic glass that has truly stood the test of time for both design and style. Priding themselves on being part of the American Craft movement they use all American manufactured materials to make stemless water pipes, traditional water pipes, bubblers, vapor rigs, ash catchers, and more. Their work is not restricted to simple single color or clear glass, either, they also produce tubes with reversal work and fuming, too.

    When it comes to scientific diffusion MGW is probably best known for their distinctive CIRQ and Birdcage percolator designs. The CIRQ, a perc tube inside an oversized showerhead perc , gives you 360° diffusion through the precision cut slits for maximum filtration on Manifest Glass tubes; the Birdcage features four different uptakes feeding 360° of percolation. Between these two percs once you add in a diffused downstem you have all the right elements for perfectly filtered smoke or vapor...Although don't be surprised to see these New York madmen stacking multiple levels of vapor refinement onto a single piece.

    Illuzion Glass Galleries' have been proud to see Manifest Glasswork's crowned and three-eyed lion staring out from our shelves since the beginning, they were one of the first tube companies we stocked to try and get affordable, quality, American-made production to the consumer. Since then we have only seen their style and technique get better all the way around, we truly look forward to seeing what the next hot thing from this company is over our next ten years in business!Manifest Glassworks Illuzionglassgalleries.com Banner


     

  • 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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  • 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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