Hickory has been exploring the art and craft of pipe-making through the medium of borosilicate glass since 2001, although he had been crafting and selling pipes from different types of stone, wood, and antlers many years prior to discovering glassblowing. After an opportunity to try lampworking, he realized the endless possibilities the medium offered and there was no going back. His style has changed over the years as he has explored the possibilities of form, color, and technique, developing in recent years a unique style that is decidedly grounded in nature.
When crafting a piece, Hickory always maintains the function as being of primary importance to the overall design aesthetic. His long time reverence for cannabis has inspired his work to be organic in nature, always striving to connect the ritual of using the plant in a meaningful way to his pieces. Hickory has dubbed his recent body of work “The Nature of Glass,” which can be viewed online via Instagram @HickoryGlass.
Most of my work goes to stores in the Northeast, The Full Tank in Burlington, Vt., Stash and Stowe in Waterbury, VT, The Bern Gallery in Burlington, VT, OPM in Providence RI, Herbal tea and Tobacco in Bangor, ME, 42 degrees in Glens Falls, NY, Shakedown in Long Island, NY, A Kind Place in Bennington VT, Shock and Awe in Waterbury CT, The Blaze'n Ace in Portland, ME. Anyone looking for my work should contact one of these stores. Over the years I’ve been developing relationships with those stores owners. I feel the people I work with see our relationship as symbiotic and that together we make a living for our selves.
Each summer I blow glass and vend at Gathering of the Vibes, In Bridgeport, CT. I really enjoy meeting the people who will be using my pieces. Hope to see you there next year.