An art form that used to be more or less practiced covertly, glass blowing, specifically making pipes and bongs for toking, is now becoming more mainstream. Well, almost.
According to the Sept. 4, Wall Street Journal, thanks to the legalization of marijuana for medicinal purposes in 20 states, and for recreational purposes in two, Washington and Colorado, “makers of what is known as ‘heady glass’ are showcasing their work in art books and public competitions.”
Working under names like RAM and Buck and JAG, these “pipers,” as they are called, claim their works are not like the glass pipes and bongs from the Grateful Dead days of yesteryear. These pipe artists have raised the level of their glass blowing craft to a new high (no pun intended) by creating sophisticated and intricate glass blown pipes that are not only grand, they are beautiful too.
One such creation, “a 3-foot pipe shaped like a M249 machine gun,” reports the WSJ. Its creator, mainstream glass artist Robert Mickelsen aka RAM, claims that even though he didn't try it, the pipe is fully functional. The pipe sold for $9,000, an amount that would buy a lot of good bud to smoke in a $9 pipe.
Seattle Center on Contemporary Art’s curator David Francis is in charge of a glass art exhibit which will have on display pipes and bongs which you would normally find only in a "head" shop. The exhibit is titled "Ceci N'est Pas Une Pipe," which translates “this is not a pipe.”
To play it safe and to avoid complaints, “the pipes will be displayed in a room away from front windows.”
Despite the legality of pot in Washington State, Federal law prohibits the sale of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. And regardless of how artsy a pipe may be, it is still considered paraphernalia.
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