What Happens When You Bring 52 Of The Best Glass Artists Together?

For the third year in a row, Pipemasters Collab blew the minds of devoted functional glass art aficionados. Fifty-two of the most prominent glass artists flocked to 7 Point Studios for this one-of-a-kind annual event that stretches over two weeks in the rainy Emerald City.

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A piece ready for collaboration spinning on the lathe. Photo courtesy of Allie Beckett.

Unlike other popular glass competitions like Degenerate Flame-Off or CHAMPS Glass Games, Pipemasters aims to highlight the artistry in collaboration rather than rivalry.  

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Whitney Harmon (@whitneyharmonglass) and Turtle (@turtletimeglass) working on collab pieces. Photo courtesy of Allie Beckett.

Distinguished glass artists from all over the world flock to Seattle’s Boro School each year during the last two weeks of October to create, network, and of course, get a little rowdy.

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Dmitry Mikheyev and Coral Reefer (@coralreefer420) at the Pipemasters Halloween Bash. Photo courtesy of Allie Beckett.

The creations that come out of this two-week glassblowing marathon are rare, highly sought-after functional pipes. More often than not, these pieces are created by artists who have never collaborated — making for incredible one-of-a-kind creations.

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Display case of functional glass art made at the 2016 Pipemasters Collab. Photo courtesy of Allie Beckett.

The impressive 2016 artist line-up included 25 of the headiest artists in the biz…

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Ben David | Blue | BMFT | Bob Badtram | Bob Snodgrass| Brando | Brock Marvel | Calmbo | Cam Tower | Cold Drink | Dellene Peralta | Diet | Domer |DWreck | Eli | Emily Marie | Erin Bourguignon | Ethan Windy | Eusheen | Gateson | Gonzoe | GlassHole | HicDogg | Jberry | JD Maplesden | Jolex | J-RED | Kaj Beck | Lisa’s Pieces | Living Glass | Lurch | Malaquias | Matt B. | Mike Raman | MNP | Mr. Gray | Nate Dizzle | Phil Siegel | Pipeatier | Rob Morrison | Ryan Jenkins | Rye | Salt | Scolari | Shipwreck | Stan Alba | Steve Bates | Stormin’ Norman | Travis Weber | Tristan Hodges | Turtle Time Glass | Whitney Harmon

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Josh Scolari (@scolaristudios) working on the lathe device. Photo courtesy of Allie Beckett.

Pipemasters is one of the only glass events designed for the true connoisseur. VIP passes provide exclusive access and front row seats to view the artists at work — allowing attendees to become entrenched in the creative vision.

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VIP Pass Holders watching Turtle (@turtletimeglass) develop a piece. Photo courtesy of Allie Beckett.

Pipemasters is a healthy mix of work and play, complete with VIP parties and boozy brunches. The laid-back format gives collectors or glass store owners a rare opportunity to meet the glass artists they most admire on a more personal level.

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Various work-in-progress pieces on a work bench. Photo courtesy of Allie Beckett.

On the last day of the event, October 29th, the gallery opened to display each of the pieces made during the ten-day marathon. The functional art price tags ranged from $1,000 to $18,000. The 2014 Pipemasters Collab produced a piece that sold for $100,000, holding one of the highest records for glass pipe sales. This unique skull piece was a collaboration between notorious artists Scott Deppe of Mothership Glass and Mr. Gray.

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The gallery of Pipemaster Collab pieces, open to the public. Photo courtesy of Allie Beckett.

Seattle’s state-of-the-art lampworking facilities, The Boro School, hosts the annual Pipemasters Collab. The accommodating venue regularly provides glassblowing classes and tutorials led by the most prominent names in the functional glass world. The Boro School, founded by Nate Dizzle of Swiss Perc, have classes that range from beginner level to advanced — check out their schedule and hours here.

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Brock Marvel working in the Boro School studio. Photo courtesy of Allie Beckett.

Stay up-to-date with next year’s Pipemasters Collab lineup and ticket sales @PipemastersCollab on Instagram.

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