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!
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.
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!
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!