I am so privileged to be able to attend some of the cannabis industry’s top events. As a rule, Cannabis Industry professionals are eager to support of our industry, our peers, and even our competitors to some measure. We attend events honoring outstanding individuals, and enjoy participating with our industry associations, like the MJBA and Cannabis Alliance. These grassroots events more often than not turn into a big party. We see the best events as happenings – reunions of industry leaders and professionals coming together to learn, celebrate and plan our next battle.
As I mentioned in my last Cannabis Industry Ambassador-At-Large column, the Seattle 4/20 Celebrations were the most spectacular ever. It was a weekend unlimited in its grandeur to be sure.
Jake The Professor was honored to be a featured presenter at last weekend’s Bongzilla event in Seattle. Showcasing amazing glass art — including huge Godzilla sized bongs by Jason Harris of Jerome Baker Designs — the gala was sponsored by Weekend Unlimited and Leafly.
The 4/20 weekend event was filled with fire (the kind that melts glass), and some things called Glory Holes and Kilns. There was plenty of open flames, with fire shooting from the torches used to shape and temper the glass. The thing about Glass Artists is that they all move very quickly in a orchestrated chaos of fire. The nature of the glass artist is to move in a hurry. For one thing, the glass they are working with is extremely hot. From when we were children, we all learned to move fast when fire is involved. But the main reason is that hot glass cools quickly, and must be shaped hot before it cools and won’t form correctly, or worse breaks.
The conductor overseeing the organized chaos of this active working industrial hot glass shop was Jerome Baker Design’s Jason Harris. Jason invited artists from around the West Coast, who gathered Friday in a rented studio in the shadow of the Space Needle in a collaborative effort to build a 24-foot bong, nicknamed Bongzilla.
“Essentially this is the Freedom Bong,” head glass blower Charles Lowrie told me. Once assembled this larger-than-life Art Glass exhibit will displayed in Las Vegas at the new Cannabis Museum in July. It’s creators believe Bongzilla to be the world’s largest functional bong.
One of the more interesting things I witnessed was a an artist who had lost his daughter when she died giving birth. He incorporated her ashes into a 24 foot memorial bong. It was quite moving for all of us who witnessed this.
Another highlight for me was when Chef Jeremy Cooper arrived with a couple of boxes of his delightful artisan chocolates. These delicately-crafted confections are made with the very best chocolate — and for this occasion were made with CBD and terpenes for a unique and effective product. They were a big hit and fit right in with Weekend Unlimited’s, unlimited weekend event.
The Dab Doctor was in the house, and really big impression with all who participated. Accompanied by Chef Jeremy Cooper, the Dab Doctor showed up with a slab of shatter about the size of a pizza! In fact that’s how it was presented — in a large size pizza box. The Dab Doctor soon set up two electric dab rigs and we were Unlimited Dabbing all the do da day.
Many of the industry professionals I see routinely stopped by to get a gander of real Dale Chihuly style big glass art. There were a dozen glass artist actively working very hard for 12 hours strait four days in a row. If you are thinking about becoming a glass artist, start small. This “Big Glass” is definitely not for the beginner. Many of these professional glass artist work with Dale Chihuly.
It was great to see so many industry friends turn out for the “Big Bongzilla Event.” Everyone it turns out likes big bongs. We even put one of the Giants on display at Diego Pellicer. I call it “Big Green”.
Please come by and check out Big Green at Diego Pellicer, 2215 4th Ave South, Seattle Washington, and snap an Instagram with Jake The Professor.