Great glass artists give you a feeling when you use their pieces. They’re not just a delivery system for vapor; they’re a frame of mind that shades and collaborates with the high of the wax on your experience. And with the really great ones, it’s something you want to display on the mantelpiece even when it’s not that time.
Rob Morrison checks all that off the list. More synonymous with the Muppets than Jim Henson for some diehard dabbers, his “710 Morrison Street” line is sturdy and clean-hitting, but more than that it’s playful. He doesn’t just stick Kermit’s head on a rig. He stretches the characters, bends them and reshapes them with the same imagination that a four-year-old watching their first Sesame Street episodes might imagine their own Big Bird and Elmo adventures after the tube shuts off.
Mr. Morrison was kind enough to answer our DabsMag questionnaire and now you’re all lucky enough to read it.
DabsMag: What’s your favorite piece that you make or have made?
My favorite ongoing piece is Oscar in trash can rig.
What was the biggest obstacle you’ve ever faced and how did you get past it?
Biggest obstacle is dealing with my fibromyalgia and still working on getting through it.
When did you start to feel like you were really good at this?
It just requires problem solving and perseverance. I still wrestle with my talent. I think of myself as a good artist, sculptor, but just an ok blower.
When did you know that you loved glass?
Fell in love with glass in the mid to late 90’s. Constantly amazed by its beauty and diversity.
Where do you think your business will be in 5 years?
I have a hard time seeing 5 yrs into the future. I try to live more day to day. I just hope the industry will endure.
If you had a career in another industry, what would it be?
I have a bachelors degree in biochemistry, art, started a masters in zoology. I wanted to study the coral reefs but I also love art history. Glass blowing is a good combination of art and science.
What was the first time you got high like?
First got high a month before my 14th birthday, night I lost my virginity. If I had a kid, I would think that’s a little early to get high. By my mid 20’s I was shooting heroin. But I don’t regret my choices, it’s made me who I am.
What do you wake up in the morning thinking about?
Wake up thinking about glass, go to sleep building glass in my head but also the pain in my body consumes me. I worry about how long my body will be able to do this.
What’s the most important question facing the cannabis business right now?
Will legalization ruin the industry, Monsanto patents on weed, gov regulation?
“Picasso Kermit and Oscar” is a collaboration with Preston Hanna
Animal Torch Tube pic via Weedist
All other pics via Morrison’s IG @rmorrisonglass
Beaker and Grover pieces pics by windhomephotography