Hailing from Salt Lake City, Bob Lewis has been trailblazing and navigating the Cannabis industry and glass community for over 15 years – often reflecting on the early days when he would get together with his buddies, seeking to acquire the finest herb money could buy.
“When I was 17, I started caring about quality Cannabis,” shared Lewis. “I would connect with a buddy from California who came to town with a mobile dispensary, and high-end glass I had never seen before.”
His local glass gallery, Boro Syndicate, also opened his eyes to top-tier artists – inspiring him to start a glass collection ranging from Contrabasso to Preston Hanna. From that point forward, Lewis continued to be moved by these unfamiliar creations he encountered, further drawing him to the flame.
While Lewis was finding himself increasingly fascinated by the world of glass blowing, his relationship with the art form officially began when he started going to Oktoberfest at Snowbird. It was here he discovered Kenyon Coon, aka Borokato, who had a glass-blowing booth at the festival. Lewis was mesmerized by his works of art and began going there daily after his morning shifts as a landscaper … until one day, he had built a strong enough relationship and was offered an apprenticeship.
“I got to work under his company, creating pipe production work including spoons, hammers, and other various works of art,” explained Lewis.
Lewis now finds himself living in the mecca of flameworking: Denver. He’s connected with the Mean Screens team, and has found both his lane and his people – where artists including Brick Glass, Trust Glass, Tutaw and MZ have helped Lewis level up, hone in on his craft, and find new ways to offer his masterpieces.
From mini-tubes and water-spinners to cups and trinkets, Lewis has come a long way from his early days cranking out production glass. His most recent design, IBR or Internal Ball Recycler, combines the shapes of a few different designs he has created into one powerhouse of a piece.
“Glass blowing has proven to me that you can do anything you want to do, and be anything you want to be,” said Lewis.
Lewis is also a passionate Cannabis cultivator and processor with over a decade of experience. Look out for his hash brand, Hashishi Co., and their upcoming menu this year – including Fiendz Club’s latest genetics.
Feel free to reach out directly to Lewis on IG to see what available work he currently has, as his art sells out fast – both directly from him and the glass galleries he works with!