|Posted on May 26, 2012 at 11:05 PM|
Hey Hans, thanks for doing an interview for GlassFeed. My readers consist of glass enthusiasts who I’m sure will really enjoy reading about your glass, but first id like to ask you some questions about yourself. Would you mind giving us a little back ground on who you are?
-- Sure, my name is Hans Meijer, age 37, living in holland and owner of SNOB Glass.
When was the first time that you wielded a torch?
-- I started glassblowing at age 17. I found this job when i finished school. This was at a scientific company. I was lucky that they put me behind the torch from the first day on. And I still work there part time next to having my own company as well.
Did you know right away that you would become a professional glass blower or did you have another idea about what you were going to do with your life?
-- Haha no, I wanted to become a motorcycle mechanic. But I did not find work in that field. Finding this job as a glassblower was a lucky thing. Back then I had never heard of the pipe industry in the states. This came years later.
Could you elaborate on how you grew SNOB Glass into an internationally renowned glass brand since you first founded it in 2007?
-- I started SNOB with my good friend Karl Termini. He taught me all the technics and workings with colored glass and i taught him to work with the lathe and scientific work. We also won the prize of best glass at the cannabis cup in Amsterdam which gave us a place between other known brands. After working together for a couple of years Karl moved back to the States and started his own company Termini Tubes. I am still working hard to get the brand SNOB out there, thanks to Grasscity the Brand is getting bigger.
Does your company still make all of the SNOB products in house or are some parts/products outsourced?
-- I am a one man company and every SNOB that is fabricated is made by myself. I Buy the colors in the states and work with Schott Duran Glass.
SNOB is known for outstanding quality and consistency, how do you handle quality control?
-- This is the reason I make every SNOB myself, so I know its good quality.
As the designer of SNOB products, what inspires your designs?
-- Since working with Karl SNOB has always had a similar design. But there are many great artists who inspired me. When I get the chance I love to do collabs with glass artists who visit Amsterdam, like LaceFace. We did a few collabs this winter. We did a black and white Bird piece and a real nice Snake piece. Photo's are to be seen on my facebook page.
There are so many companies out there selling glassware, what is innovative about SNOB Glass that sets it apart from the competition?
-- I think its the quality of the glass itself, I hear from a lot of people who have bought a SNOB and when they see it up close they can see how well made it is. SNOB is the only company in Holland that is making Pipes, so I have a lot of european buyers.
If a customer wants something other then one of your production line designees, do you do custom orders?
-- Sure, this is what I like to do most of the time. I don't want a big production line. I want to come up with new ideas and different pipes. So people hit me up for a custom made SNOB.
As a blogger I do lots of reviews of products for sale on GrassCity and one of my favorite pieces they have is the Glass City/ SNOB collaboration bubbler. It has a beautiful 8 arm diffused tree perc and a very reasonable price at only $145, what is SNOB Glass’ roll in the Glass City collaboration pieces?
-- My Roll In these pieces are the designs. The bubblers and pipes are made by Glasscity.
So we know what my favorite SNOB Glass piece is, what is yours?
-- That is a hard question. I loved the first pipe Karl and I made in the beginning. It was a big piece with beautiful artwork made by Karl. We smashed the piece between the cannabis cup visitors on a party with our drunk heads. This was the first and only time we broke a pipe on purpose. The second pipe I love is the first SNOB Bong. This was the pipe we sold many of and was the design what won the cannabis cup. The Third pipe I love is the Collab with LaceFace, the birdpiece. This is really an artwork.
Finally, where can glass enthusiasts go to buy their very own SNOB? Do you sell direct?
-- I do sell direct, because I love to work with customers with there own ideas, but the website is under construction. People can contact me on facebook,or send a email to email@example.com And of corse, you can buy SNOB glass at GrassCity.
Thanks for taking the time to do this interview. I know that I can speak on behalf of the entire GlassFeed community when I say that we really appreciate it!
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