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INTERVIEW: JASON HARRIS OF JEROME BAKER DESIGNS

Rich Solomon - NOVERMBER 5, 2015 - Jason Harris, owner of Jerome Baker Designs, is one of the forefront names in glass culture. The name ‘Jerome Baker’ is a pseudonym that stemmed from a joke among friends. ‘Jerome’ comes from Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead, and ‘Baker’… well, that one’s a little more obvious. There is no denying that Jason Harris is a true pioneerin the world of pipe making. An apprentice of Bob Snodgrass – the man thought to have invented color-changing glass – Jason Harris has learned from the best. Along with many other prominent glass blowers, Jason Harris was a victim of ‘Operation Pipe Dreams’, a nationwide raid on the glass industry. Unlike Tommy Chong, Harris managed to avoid...

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The Glass Menagerie

Alex Nothan- JUNE 26, 2014 - The godfather of glass pipes works in a bus down by the Willamette River — make that a 1940s bus and a semi trailer outfitted with several workstations. Inside the bus, torch blazing, Bob Snodgrass focuses on a golden glass mushroom inside a pendant. “I’ve been working more than 20 years trying to figure out how to do the gills,” Snodgrass says, pushing and pulling rods of molten glass over the flame. “And I just got it together.” Tubes of colored glass poke out like stalagmites from every surface of the bus. Overhead, silver vents are covered with stickers stating, “I miss Jerry” and “Support Local Glassblowers.” One bumper sticker says “Thank Bob for your Snoddy.” ...

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Operation Pipe Dream: 10 Years Later

The 420 Times Staff - FEBRUARY 22, 2013 - This month marks the 10th anniversary of an event that holds quite the historical significance to lovers of glass smoking devices all across the globe. I am referring to the United States governments nationwide investigation of the illegal sale of drug paraphernalia conducted in 2003 code-named Operation Pipe Dream. It was 6am on February 24th, 2003 when one of the most renowned glass blowers in the business and former owner/operator of Jerome Baker Glass, Jason Harris, was rudely awakened from his slumber by a loud thrashing on his front door. “I woke up at 6am in the morning with someone banging on my door and saw the massive amount of police and...

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