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  • 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


     

  • American Functional Art History

    Before there was Mothership, the legendarily elite American production company, there was Jake C and Scott Deppe - Two true American glass masters from before Operation Pipe Dreams was an actual thing. While most contemporary functional art collectors only know him for his founding of Mothership Glass with Jake that is far from his only credential. When you hold a Scott Deppe piece in your hands you will marvel at the precision of his craftsmanship - while many artists are hard at work cornering a niche market with their trademark style or signature design Scott has always been one to display an amazing ability to master any technique he worked at hard enough. Custom linework, crazy stemless bubblers, thirteen different types of wig wags, opal encasement, dry, bubbler, stemless - Deppe has thrown down something in literally every single one of those styles that make artists with ten years on the torch weep a single, appreciative, tear upon viewing.

     

    First Mothership Scott Deppe Custom Fab Egg "Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!" - Scott Deppe

     

    All of that being said, this piece is the culmination of everything he and Jake worked towards when they started Mothership - A completely custom piece of work, designed by the company owners, and executed by Scott. The secondary faberge egg percolator is fed by a fixed, stemless, downstem which itself is diffused by six deeply carved Seeds of Life. The downstem, foot, neck, and bucket are all encalmo black-to-rainbow sections, some wagged out with custom rainbow linework - All handmade by Scott Deppe himself. The foot is sandblasted with the classic Mothership logo and the titanium hinge on the honey bucket is also deeply carved with matching Mothership branding. This piece is a one of a kind, museum quality, collectible piece of the American functional art industry. You don't have many chances to own a piece of history and Illuzion Glass Galleries' is absolutely proud to offer that opportunity to our clients. The piece is available to view at our downtown Denver, CO, location and may also be viewed here on our website.

  • 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.

  • Pendants: 101

    Obligatory Intro
    Welcome to Collector’s Corner, a little blog we here at Illuzion Glass Galleries' are bringing to you to try and help illuminate the wider world of collecting borosilicate glass art!  To kick things off we are going to be talking about pendants, not just because they are an up and coming way to collect work from our favorite artists but also because they are a great introduction to collecting glass in general -or- bringing someone brand new into the scene.  This will not be covering pendant rigs or pipes, we will be focusing exclusively on non-functional work.  (It won’t be boring, promise, and there is a porpoise!)

    (Anything But) Basic Pendantry
    So you want to start collecting glass but that 2000-era Jake C inline bubbler is WAY too far out ofDONE02364-1-WR reach and even starting with a Cowboy onie is a two or three paycheck stretch, huh?  You could start a GoFundMe (#poser) or you could turn around and pick up a Paulie Two Fingers “Steal Your Face” pendant for half the price - and start a glass collection that rapidly becomes the envy of your heavy hitter friends with their room full of pipes that they can’t carry everywhere and show off.  With up-and-coming artists like Miyagi pulling off opal-inlaid disc flips (and collabing with HUGE artists like AKM) the pendant scene is where new folks show off ever tightening skills and well known artists can make their smallest work available to a wider audience.

    The Wider World
    What really turns you on about glass? Fume work? El Hefe.  Reversals? Eric Ross.  Opals? Adam Reetz.  Sculpture? Aquariust.  Electroforming? Shipwreck.  Sandblasting? Amani Summerday.  Carving? Rye.  Wire wrapping? Jason Burruss.  Implosion? Takao Miyake.  Cane work? Harold Cooney.  Dichroic imagery? Berzerker.  Drawn images? Punty.  Every artist and style can be found in the pendant game.  

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    Honestly, when it comes right down to it, utilizing any technique cleanly in a small format really makes the techniques shine.  As you see more work in the same techniques from different artists you can start to clearly see what makes the headiest of pendants so amazing - not just the artist, or artists, involved but the consummate skill showcased making something so intricate.  Once you have a wider array of pendants in your collection you will also be amazed at how often someone will either recognize the artist’s work or simply start a conversation about what the pendant is, how it was made, and generally getting interested in the art as a piece of jewelry or for itself.

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    As your collection evolves and you decide what techniques and/or artists you want to focus on it should also be pointed out that there are plenty of pendants with purposes, too!  Many pendants made today serve not only as jewelry, but also as carb caps or dabbers, with the rare glassblowing tool or titanium pencil tossed in for good measure.  The “carb” part of “carb cap” is short for “carburetion,” which is the process of mixing gas and air.  This is a fairly vital part to low-temperature vaporization - one of the best ways to experience the flavor locked in precious essential oils.  These types of pendants typically have either a groove or a small hole through them (not the bale) which allows air flow when the intended side is placed on a domeless nail...Vaporization and accessorization, harmonized.  As for the dabber functionality basically any longer point on a pendant COULD be used, technically, but artists like Sherbert and Jon E. Walker create uniquely jonewalker_blogeditdesigned pendants with obvious “designated use” areas.  The rarest uses for pendants, the ones that are seen more frequently on the artists, are as glassblowing tools for either in the process or finishing the piece.  Firebug Jay, in particular, is known for his fully functional graphite reamers that are the size of a quarter and Sherbert, once again, partnered with Happy Daddy to manufacture titanium pencils that will sign glass just as well as they serve essential oils.

    All Done
    Hopefully you have enjoyed our first Collector’s Corner, we will continue to publish these blogs - although not on any particular schedule - and cover topics primarily focused on educating or reaching out to collectors, new and old.  This could include topics like display and lighting; more pieces on categories of collectible glass; valuation and insurance; and potentially spotlights on specific collections and gallery displays.  Thanks for joining us!Green-nug-pendant-sized-WR


     

  • Illuzion Glass Galleries' Annual 420 Party Featuring AKM, Cowboy, Darby, and ...Punty?

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    When you get four artists like AKM, Cowboy, Darby, and ...Punty? together something epic is bound to happen!  That's exactly what took place on 4/20/2017 at Illuzion Glass Galleries' downtown Denver, Colorado, location.  The day began early for the artists as there was much prep work and planning for the night to come.  Fans and collectors gathered around the viewing window as the industry's best began their mega collab to celebrate every enthusiast's favorite day!

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    They worked all day while massive crowds flooded into the gallery to watch live glass blowing, and to take advantage of Illuzion Glass Galleries' annual "Buy One, Get One for $4.20" sale.  Many new pieces of solo work and collaborative pieces were displayed behind the viewing window, along with artist apparel and the event's official poster.

    Official Illuzion Glass Galleries Annual 420 Event Poster The Illuzion Glass Galleries' 2017 4/20 Poster

    Freddy's Cuisine food truck catered to the hungry party goers out back throughout the night while the artists captivated the crowd inside the gallery.  Other additions to the festivities included:  body painting by David Caballero inside the studio, fire dancers, a lounge, beverages, and all around good vibes.  Guest appearances by Buck, JD Maplesden, Shackman, BMFT, Burtoni, Eric from AGE, Kuhns, and Dabbing Granny were also a treat!

    The finished results were definitely worth the wait when everything finally wrapped up around 2 AM.  Three collaborative pendants and the annual 420 piece were created in front of the live crowd.  The first pendant was an AKM x Darby Illuminati over Watermelon skull and the other two were rainbow linework tubing Cowboy x AKM skulls wigged to perfection.

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    The party piece itself was outrageous! The piece consisted of a large AKM skull split perfectly in half between Darby's dichro Watermelon tubing and Cowboy's rainbow lined tubing.  Other features of the mega collab were Cowboy tile stacks, large encased opals, cacti, and cow skulls.  The mouthpiece was later faceted and a signature AKM murrine slide was added to the piece.  Each artist's unique style was represented to the fullest.

    Many memories and friendships were made manifesting another epic party at Illuzion Glass Galleries.  Many thanks to all of the artists, collectors, and guests that attended the event!  The pieces that were made during the party are available to be seen in person at our Denver Glass Gallery.  Stay tuned for our next First Friday Event!

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