|Posted on May 15, 2012 at 10:10 PM|
As far as art glass goes, Its not often you find something good for just $60... But, now you can get a piece of functional art glass made right here in the US by the glass artist Zara. When choosing a spoon pipe by Zara you have a huge variety of color options as well as a decision to make about whether you want your pipe with beautiful stampings that leave a 3D affect on the glass, or to have one that had a design intricately stenciled and sand blasted off to reveal the colors within the pipe. Each of the pieces features a carb hole on the left side for clearing the piece as well as three glass marbles on the right that give it a stylish look and more importantly give you a good grip when holding the pipe
One of my favorites is the black stenciled pipe. Featuring black with pinstripes on the outside and white glass on the inside this pipe has been sandblasted in a way that creates a pleasant design in both the positive and negative space from the bowl to the mouth of the pipe. Finally the three white glass marbles on the side of the pipe tie the design together.
This next dark green and orange stenciled pipe has a lot of character. The outside is not just a solid green but also fades to a brownish color in some areas where the orange color shown in the pinstripes appears to blend with the green. Alone those colors would make for a beautiful pipe, but Zara goes above and beyond by then stenciling things like suns and moons with faces and skulls in sombreros into the pipe that match the white marbles on the side to give the piece a fun Mexican vibe.
Another favorite of mine is this light green pipe, star spangled with stenciling. What I like is that the solid and hollow white stars that decorate this piece cover the entire thing resulting in a fun decorative piece of glass. Behind the stars is a very pretty light green and orange that is divided by white pin stripes to match the stars and marbles.
The stamped pipes by Zara are cool because of the bold look of their 3D designes, and this red stamped pipe is particularly bold! The shape of this pipe is warped artfully with rings around the lip and with small stars all over the tip. Not only are these patterns pressed into the glass but time was taken to add indentations around the three marbles on the side and the way around the carb hole to give you a seriously worked piece of glass.
Other stamped Zara pipes such as this black one have actual images individually stamped into the glass. This piece has a pattern of stamped leafs and shells radiating outward from the tip of the pipe. This pipe also features stamping around the mouth and black marbles.
What I like about this green stamped pipe is the apparent texture of the green and orange glass with specks of white combined with stamped groves that make the pipe appear (at least I think so) to be carved out of stone. Around the flared out part of the pipe just before the mouth this piece has a ring of jagged indentations in the glass. It also has similar indentations creeping outward from the tip of the pipe that conjure thoughts of stone carvings and ancient petroglyphs.
Stenciled and stamped spoon pipes by Zara come in so many variations, I have only featured a few of my favorites here. These are thick high quality pipes made in the US, but if all you want is a thick US pipe you can probably find one for $30-$40 at your local head shop. The reason to buy a pipe by Zara is because they more then just pipes, they are pieces of hand made functional glass art and for that I think that $60 is a damn good price.
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