<i>This Is A Pipe</i> Co-Publisher Discusses Glass Art with Abdullah Saeed


New art movements are often received with skepticism. The burden of proof lies with the pioneers, usually the people who both believe fundamentally in its merit and have the skill and talent to make it undeniably good. But what if the works themselves, by legal definition, are contraband? The chance for evolution and acceptance is compromised to say the least.

This Is A Pipe, published by Nicholas Fahey and Brad Melshenker with profiles written by Barry Bard, tells the story of borosilicate glass pipe artistry, a movement profiled through the work of 50 exceptional glassblowers.

This new American glass art diverged from the blown glass sculpture of Dale Chihuly, who took glass to another level in the mid-1960s. Borosilicate glass-blown cannabis pipes found their inception with Bob Snodgrass in the ephemeral markets of the Grateful Dead tour lots, and thereby rode shotgun through the mayhem of the War on Drugs at its height in the '80s and '90s, and there’s no official count of how many times a resinated pipe served as probable cause for a full vehicle search. But the day of reckoning for glass came in 2003 with Operation Pipe Dreams, a massive federal raid of hundreds of businesses making and selling glass.