Posted by Merc
on 8/16/2008 Nominated for Feature by Illuzion
Pics from national Lampoons glass blowers vacation. It all started as a dream. A family vacation followed by a teaching gig which would end with a collab with fellow piper Cowboy. Went to a national park and enjoyed a nice cabin with the fam. Went to Denver and taught two cool cats who did a fine job and made mine easy. Along the way I visited a couple of shops[Purple Haze and Heady Glass] And was stoked on them!! Everything was great, maybe to great. After leaving the mountain town driving to the collab, got caught speeding, just a lil bit, and got sent to the hole!!! After being lost in the system in a bible town this tatted freak got to know the locals for thirteen hours. Finally getting free for my misdemeanor crime we pushed on arriving to Cowboys 800 dollars lighter and ready to work. First morning a tube of 38 fell from the kiln breaking on the floor and pieces of it melted the lines on my hand torch sending us running to cut the gases. [Continued in comments.......]
Merc has been on the torch since 1999 working with fire. He is known for his functional work inspired by psychedelics, fantasy art, color flow, and sacred geometry. He has been a poet, a writer, and educator, an Industry representative, a gas tech, a consultant, a tool designer, a color tester, an MC, a Glass artists, and a pipe maker. He has been an active member of the Colorado Project for 3 years. Merc has played many roles within the industry. He was the host of the American Glass Expo Awards for 4 years and was nominated for artist of the year for four years himself. He has developed a working glassblowing set up in major convention centers across the states and in Canada. He was the glass blowing feature area designer for the International Glass Show in los Angeles, CA as well as the Treating Yourself Expo in Toronto, CA. As a visionary artist Merc has been a key figure in the boro-sculptural revolution. He is known for his working knowledge of color as well as cutting edge techniques of sculpting, line-work, marbles, hollow vessel, cane, vacuum encasement, sand blasting, electroforming, and multimedia installment pieces. Big ups to his sponsors: Northstar glass, Blastshield, Whoopzip, Grassroots, EU Glass, 33 and 1/3rd, Hot Breath Magazine and Ryot, and Skillet Tools!
Wow Dom: Those air traps are some of the sickest yet. Good work guys.
8/16/2008 6:34 PM
Merc: Well, after minor set backs we worked for about 20 hours completing our mission of collabing. The next day we started to work, I lit my propane and when I turned on the oxy there was a loud explosion!!!! Once again we ran for the tanks and then stomped on still flaming hoses!!! It was so crazy even Cowboys dog had to have a smoke afterwards!!!! The bubb and sherlock are from the class. Our collab will be posted soon!! Peace
8/16/2008 6:45 PM
Illuzion: Damn, sounds like a vacation for sure! tight callab yo, heard the other is large and in charge! might just have to swoop.
8/16/2008 7:57 PM
sounds fun JD Maplesden: pieces look great.
8/16/2008 9:01 PM
thats life huh herbC: just gotta roll through the shit. Sounds like a cultural learning experience hangin out with the bible thumpers. I might have gone nuts.
8/19/2008 11:54 AM
Yo Merc! Heady Glass Gallery: Yo man I lost your # for like the 9th time bro. Hit me up if you see this. Im gonna try and find your number hopefully!
Lookin forward to some sick pieces to display homie!
9/3/2008 10:38 AM
much love and respect Rone: yo man the class was sick.you really made me realize you got to go for it no matter what i've been saying fuck it and going the extra mile and getting more personal with my pieces ,i'm selling them before i take pics ,got a couple coming soon though.thanks for opening some doorways.peace.
9/10/2008 11:16 AM
Eyes open Meeko: Keepin my eyes our for Alex Grey part 2 and 3!! Hope all is well
11/26/2008 10:37 AM