Among the best of collaborations between two awesome glass artists is the continued work of Germ (Jeremy Grant-Levine) and Sling (Adam Golbert). Both of these artists bring their own style to the table and they often throw down some type of mighty impressive mix between Sling’s carving techniques and Germ’s colorful, clean, curvy pipe-sculpting. Over the years the two have released some classic creations.
Sometimes it’s nice to dig a couple years deep into glass history, and that’s exactly how I found this Germ/Marble Slinger collab. The body is reminiscent of Germ while Sling left his mark in classic stenciling all over the place. Even the bottom.
The smooth and deep amber gives the thick feeling that seems to be common throughout Germ’s art. Similarly, Sling’s orange sandblasted areas give the background for his stenciling. As if leaving his actual name on the piece wasn’t a clear enough indicator, the piece screams Sling with the Morton salt homage smack dab on the front.This bubbler is somewhat unique for the fact that the carb stems off of the main chamber as opposed to being built directly in. Overall, these two glasscrafters have sculpted a fine, angled bubbler. It’s nice to see how Germ and Sling have developed in these last few years.
This later collab between the two (May 2012), titled Smells Like Teen Spirit, clearly lends itself to both of their styles as well. It’s also clear that the two developed in their working together, as seen by slight improvements or innovations in their complementing of one another. This tube is straight-up triumphant. The detailed etch-work done on Sling’s part is immaculate, and the overall sculpting on the tube’s curves is pretty damn clean as well.
Here’s an even later piece from their collaborative collection. This Direct Inject bubbler in Kenzo Green/Unobtanium meets the already highly-set bar for these two. Its dark style definitely reminds us a bit more of Germ’s work.
It’s rare that artists etch their moniker right into a piece in such a pronounced way, but then again Sling is known his for blatantly recognizable references to pop culture, and these two names have become just that recognizable in the glass world. Looking at all these collaborations now, it’s interesting to compare them and find what has changed and stayed the same. Any Germ/Sling collaboration is sure to turn heads among glass enthusiasts. Rare and beautiful, these two artistic styles complement one another very well when put together in pieces like these. The art of collaboration is a beautiful one, and it gives pipes more character. Just knowing the time and work that went into these and the fact that it was done by two of the best in the industry makes these pipes incredibly valuable and gives them a unique story. Keep that in mind next time you see a one-of-a-kind piece for sale that’s been crafted by skilled artists like these. When it comes to glass art, there’s always more than meets the eye.