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December 21st, 2012
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Puking kitty saucy boat, documentary about glass pipes
So Seain Gutridge recommended a kickstarter for a Puking Kitty Saucy Boat, which sounded like an ugly novelty that was just barely interesting enough to look at. The kickstarter is to raise money to mass produce them in ceramic.

In fact, it's a lovely piece of the glassblower's art (you'll need to go to the kickstarter to see the video) and is a highly tasteful novelty.

At the kickstarter, there was a link to Degenerate Art: The Art and Culture of Glass Pipes, which can also be seen for $3.99 at amazon.

This is more gorgeous glass pipes than you can imagine, from the sixties to the present. They were legal for about nine years with the makers showing expanding exuberance and inventiveness, and then the DEA clamped down. I'm not sure how one does big glass artworks as a illegal product, but somehow ambitious glass pipe makers are prospering underground.

If you happen to like theory as well as looking at art outside the mainstream, then I'll note that I'm reading a couple of sources (Siroli, Taleb) who state very strongly that the crucial thing in business is to be able to take skillful advantage of the opportunities you see as you proceed rather than putting primary emphasis on planning, and the glass pipe business is a prime example of leaving room to try new things. It's also a line of work where the customers are the only gatekeepers. Still, at least some pipe makers are looking forward to the day when glass pipes are in museums.

There's also a little discussion of whether adding a bowl to a sculpture so that it's functional makes an important difference.

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From:en_ki
Date:December 22nd, 2012 06:51 am (UTC)
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I'm not sure what you mean about "they were legal for about nine years". It's not hard to find head shops selling pretty glass pipes "for use with tobacco only".
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From:nancylebov
Date:December 22nd, 2012 11:46 am (UTC)
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The video has a description of a big DEA crackdown on major glass pipe makers. I haven't been able to find out what the legal status is now, but there may be a chilling effect.

There are websites for glass pipes, but very little available at amazon and ebay.
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From:en_ki
Date:December 22nd, 2012 04:20 pm (UTC)
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Hm, OK. Certainly for individual glass artisans in Somerville, MA, it's a core business.
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