Daniel Sweeney (“Sweeney Glass“) is an Oregon based glass blower that has taken a passion and fueled it with constant inspiration by the artists around him. While he has been melting glass for awhile, it wasn’t until the mid-90’s that he truly started to work with borosilicate. While attending art school where he was studying sculpture, a good friend invited him to come by his place and watch him blow glass. From then on he was coming over everyday to spend time on the torch to hone his new craft. After a while Daniel and some friends formed a company called Heavy Glass. The company would last for a few years before the artists all went separate ways with their work.
These days, Sweeney Glass produces high end glass at affordable rates that still enforce a level of quality. Between his takes on designs like klein recyclers, faberge eggs (as reviewed below) and producing eye popping worked glass on his banger designs, there’s a wide variety of styles to choose from. Right now the stringer tech remains as a main inspiration, which is drawing in glass with a millimeter or less of glass stringer. His view that “Glass has a fluidity to it and sometimes it’s just better to go with the flow,” shines through his art. Every new creation displays dedication, thought, and integrity when released to the masses.
The hardest thing for Daniel about glass blowing is pushing himself. Every new technique that he learns is a challenge, but learning something new in something he loves is what makes it so rewarding. That rush of finally getting a new technique or design is pure excitement. As for tips to other glass blowers that are looking to get started or improve, Sweeney suggests sticking to one thing and getting it down before moving onto other types of designs. Sometimes mastering one thing can translate into making it easy into learning new skills behind the torch.
At first glance, the silver and golden fumed faberge egg that I was given to test was so pristine and decorative that I felt guilty even putting my lips to it. Perhaps the feature that stands out the most is the colored crushed opal that is encased between the female joint and the wonderfully shaped egg. As far as the material he uses, his work has a nice weight and feel in your hands even without water. It’s always suggested to find a water level that suits you and the percolation of the glass especially when you’re looking for something with great action. After doing so, there’s no doubt that the monstrous function matches the beauty of these rigs. The stacking of bubbles delivers your dab with little effort from your lungs while pulling on the mouthpiece. The amount of flavor and smooth vapor that a great concentrate pipe allows will induce a new love of the plant in its concentrated form.. It was certainly easier to take larger hits through the fab egg as opposed to a more basic pipe that I had to compare it to. While this was just one of many different types of glass to choose from, it’s a solid indicator of what to expect in his work.
There’s a current problem facing glass artists like Daniel that dedicate their time to making quality handworked art, which is the cheap import market. When there is an alternative that is a fraction of the cost, many overlook the lack of function and quality in glass. However, you don’t have to drop the same amount of money that you could a car to get a high end product. For those who seek out works of art that you are supposed to be proud to spend money on and own, something from Sweeney Glass will meet your demands and catch your eye.
For more info on Daniel Sweeney’s work, visit MassRoots.com/SweeneyD