GingerELA

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Violet blossoms waving in sunshine, dappled warmth falling onto skin; I sip my coffee, black. Morning's slanted shadows, I pretend silence and it is easy, dreaming stirring sleepily waking, staring at petals, patterns, leaves, tendrils twining mingling into sky above. Oaktown streets buzzing by under the siren winding of train tracks. Straight lines, straight on but stand close and send down your eye: there is no such thing as a straight path.

 

Hamm

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Hamm has been blowing glass for 14 years. He currently lives and works in Eugene, Oregon.

 

Jag

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Nathan Purcell, aka JAG has been blowing glass since 1998. His unique style and aesthetics were developed while living and working in his hometown, Philadelphia. JAG was a co-owner of the high end glass pipe gallery Easy Street Brooklyn and co-published both Smoked Volume 1 and Smoked Volume 2.

 

Jop

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Joshua Opdenaker aka Jop! Stone carver 1997-2001. Pipemaker 2001- the day I die. Philly born/raised. Southern Cali represent. Style fluctuations from classical to gritty. Always fresh. Always pushing myself.

 

Kind

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His pattern work explores themes of natural geometries, waveforms, and theoretical physics. He composes digital patterns that are suspended within sharp lines and dramatic contours. The combination of his isometric patterns along with the elegant classical shapes create a landscape that echoes of a distant future.

 

LaceFace

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Lacey (LaceFace) St. George was born in Grants Pass, Oregon in 1983. Being a child of the northwest, Lacey was exposed to the blossoming art form of glass and pipemaking from an earily age. Determined from the begining to create things of beauty and be her own boss, Lacey fell in love with glass the moment she began working on the the torch.

 

Matt Eskuche

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The trashglass series of work I've been exploring for the past few years allows me to practice traditional flameworking techniques while exploring concepts related to my interests in consumption and the life cycles of single-use products by mimicking objects of mass production by hand, using time-honoured craft traditions. I hope to show futility, the futility of my object, and the futility of the discarded bottles and cans ubiquitous to our modern, developed world.

 

ME

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ME began working with glass in 1999 in Seattle Washington. Me’s unique balance of form and function truly ride the line between contemporary art and contemporary craft. He currently resides just outside of Asheville North Carolina at Penland School of Crafts. In the spring of 2012 he received a 3-year residency at the school. He is the first flameworker ever to receive this honor.

 

Micro

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Micro normally tries to spend his time throwing lavish cocktail parties and racing cars all over the world, but when the time finally comes to put in work he uses borosilicate glass and a torch to make it happen. His current work is a feather in the hat of the throwback gaming community, using a landscape of handmade murrine to transport us through his warp zones. Featured in the collections of some of the world's top players, movers, and shakers, he is not to be missed.