Bobby Nuggz RELEAF MEDIA 3/28/18
Witch Dr. in Salem, Massachusetts has been doctoring up the local community for quite some time. Hosting an array of art galleria shows, meet and greets with celebrated artists, they are a facilitator for enthusiasts, collectors and the artists alike.
This past weekend I traveled up to where the witches roam to attend the Dr.’s most recent event with the “Godfather of Glass,” Bob Snodgrass and Snodgrass Family Glass which includes Bob’s actual family members. Snodgrass is acclaimed for finding and revolutionizing “fuming” colored changing glass. Bob started blowing glass in 1971, traveling in his school bus vending different shows, he earned a reputation on Grateful Dead lot for his unique glass art. Through his life’s work he has earned his place among icons of the culture.
Buyer passes dropped on March 14th, which allowed for exclusivity so collectors could attend the show to purchase glass on a first come and first served basis and were limited to only 40. This gave the public a chance to reserve an opportunity to have better luck at purchasing the piece they may want, or whatever appeals to them at the time. After the pass holders were finished browsing or making purchases, the show then opened its doors to the general public. They could also buy any remaining pieces of art. Over 100 pieces were created for this show, with different collaborations from artists from all walks of life.
Witch Dr. Also offered a special educational glass-blowing class with Bob Snodgrass to potential students who are interested to learn from the best of the best. The one-on-one crash course with Bob was a “hands off” type of learning style where Bob will be on the torch in front of a small class of approximately 15 students. Students were also able to have a Q&A discussion with the artist throughout the demonstration. They covered a range of discussion topics such as: tricks for developing good working habits with glass, simple sculpture forms, silver and gold fuming, twisted cane glass etc.
This unique and personal experience is a lot more entertaining and indulging than just ordering a piece of art online and having it shipped to your house. The interaction is crucial and it’s great to see businesses focusing more on the social aspect of the glass culture. The family affair factor is even more alluring in the sense that the trade gets passed on from generation to generation which this particular legendary artist and they’re able to teach you as well.
Bobby Nuggz, 2018, Releaf Media
Photo by Nick Cosentino | Nick Cosentino Photography