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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.

  • 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.


     

  • 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


     

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