GLASS FEATURE

Rob Morrison

Rob Morrison @rmorrisonglass

The kids today have Rick & Morty, Family Guy and Ren & Stimpy.

When Rob Morrison was growing up it was The Muppets and Sesame Street. As a glass artist, Morrison, 47, has transformed more than two dozen different Muppets into functional glass pieces. His favorites are Grover, Cookie Monster, Oscar the Grouch and Beaker, the long-necked lab assistant to Dr. Bunsen Honeydew.

“I always say, that they’ve already done all the marketing for me. They’re instantly recognizable and the more personal something is to you, the more universally accepted it is,” Morrison says.

“It’s kind of a contradiction, because the people that buy most of my glass are in theier twenties and thirties — they’re not Muppets people,” he adds. “Those people recognize Cookie Monster because there’s a Cookie Monster strain of weed, but still, those characters tap into that little bit of childhood innocence and happiness that everyone has.”

Morrison has been at the torch since the mid-nineties when he first came across a marble maker at the Oregon Country Fair. Back in those days, learning how to blow glass wasn’t as easy as watching a Youtube video. There were some books on the subject, but very few pipe makers were sharing their knowledge. Morrison picked up what techniques he could from the sidelines, and also upped his artistic game with drawing and sculpting classes at the local community college.

The Muppets became an inspiration around 2008, when out of nowhere, Morrison created a bowl slide in the shape of Grover, the cute furry, blue monster from Sesame Street. Cookie Monster and Oscar joined the parade, and Morrison quickly gained fame as the Muppet Guy.

As fun as Muppets were to make, Morrison felt that the only way to make a lasting impression on the glass world was to bring his own characters to life. He chose cows as his subject. You might even call them Mad Cows as they all have a ‘tude.

“Anger is an easy emotion to express. If you look at the animal characters in our trade, they all seem to be mad,” Morrison says. “People like seeing things with attitude and I give mine a lot of personality.”

Sandblasting gives Morrison’s pieces that plasticy toy appearance. Morrison doesn’t even care if people realize they’re made of glass and used for smoking weed.

“I want them to look like they’re just sculptures and aren’t functional until you turn them around and realize it’s a pipe,” he says.

“I see sculpting as more challenging than line work because with every piece, you’ve got to have a high level of creativity and inspiration,” Morrison adds.

Fans of Morrison’s work can check it out in person at smoke shops and glass galleries all over the country. You might even catch him competing at a live flame off, such as the CHAMPS Glass Games. To add one of Morrison’s headies to your collection will set you back a few grand, but if your wallet isn’t quite as fat, you can also find carb caps, bowl slides and even beads in his signature style.

“I’m happiest when I’m producing work. I love the freedom of my being a glass blower and there’s real fulfillment from creating a sculpture out of rods and tubes,” Morrison says.

“It’s weird because you open the kiln and you’re so excited and love what you’ve made, but within minutes you start analyzing all the flaws that most people will never notice. For somebody who’s known for clean, precise work, it’s ironical to hear Morrison say that all those little imperfections are what make each individual piece his own style.

RECENTLY FEATURED IN GLASS FEATURE

Zii GLAS

    Some people are into feet, some are into eyes. Kim Thomas is into teeth.    “They’re like little tiny jewels that grow out of

Read More »

Julia Strait

Instagram.com/jujuglass111 Julia Strait has 18 orchids in her front room. Admittedly, it’s one of the only plants that she can keep alive, which is a

Read More »

Derrick Strouss

The world is generally attuned to the perception that bigger is better. A larger car, a wider television screen, a longer — well, you get

Read More »

RYDER GLASS

Before sparking up his torch, Ryan Moring was making a living doing graphic design and making custom T-shirts. But he lacked passion for his work.

Read More »

Beccy Feather

beccyfeather.com Beccy Feather is a British born artist who attended Wolverhampton University in the UK where she graduated first in her glass making program. She

Read More »

Matty Brunker

  Twisted Inspiration Glass    @twistedinspirationglass    When it comes to inspiration, you couldn’t ask for better than the Great Barrier Reef. Recognized as one

Read More »

Josh Williams

@Musicmanglass Popular he has become, so a pipe out him Josh Williams made. Spoiler Alert! The he we’re referring to is a character in the

Read More »

Julie Riggs

@Julieriggsglass Julie Riggs is an Aries, a perfect zodiac symbol for a glass blower, as it is a fire sign, and those born under this

Read More »

For more information on this special

NEW CLIENTS 
tO HQ

SAVE
$200 OFF A FULL PAGE COLOR AD

when you sign up for a 3 month agreement

Offer between June 15, 2020 thru JUNE 30, 2020.

A customer service rep will contact you with your email.


By submitting this form, you are consenting to receive marketing emails from: HQ Magazine, 9901 Acoma Rd SE, Albuquerque, NM, 87123. You can revoke your consent to receive emails at any time by using the SafeUnsubscribe® link, found at the bottom of every email. Emails are serviced by Constant Contact