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Artist Feature: Liz Wright

Liz Wright, known for her skillfully sculpted aquatic ecosystem recyclers, describes how lamp working was key to finding a meaningful career. Liz’s core inspiration is her roots as a Virginia Beach native, as her art illustrates the dynamic qualities that ocean life and her glass sculptures both share.

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Jul 22 2 min read

By Calyx Containers in Art of Glass

Liz Wright, known for her skillfully sculpted aquatic ecosystem recyclers, describes how lamp working was key to finding a meaningful career. Liz’s core inspiration is her roots as a Virginia Beach native, as her art illustrates the dynamic qualities that ocean life and her glass sculptures both share.

How did you originally get into pipe-making and heady glass art?

I got into pipe-making and heady glass honestly because I love weed. To me, pipe-making is the intersection of function and art. I love to make art that people interact with and share with friends.

 

Liz Wright custom Tangle Tube featured in the Glass Gallery

 

What is it about glass as a medium that keeps you coming back?

I love how challenging glass is, and how you will always learn something new. Glass is where science meets art. It’s mysterious and humbling.

When selecting a glass company to work with, what are you looking for? What qualities are you looking for in your raw materials? How do you know when glass is of good quality?

I usually will look at what my shopmates are using, if they’re satisfied with the material, tools, etc. I look for quality above everything. Unfortunately, sometimes it’s hard to tell if glass is of good quality until after you’ve used it.

 

Photography by Jesse Burke

 

From your perspective, why is glass so important to the cannabis community?

Pipe-making has been an underground grass-roots subculture that has been rejected by fine art institutions for so long, similar to the cannabis community in many ways. These communities often overlap each other and consist of hard working and self-taught people that are extremely passionate about what they do.

And personally, I believe that cannabis tastes better when smoked out of glass.

 

 

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