Mothership Glass was started by master glassblower Scott Deppe as a shop where he hand-picked an array of talented artists to realize insane designs and concepts in harmony. Joined by artists like Jake Colito, Quave, Dosa, Uba, 2ba, and Punty, Mothership Glass has been able to produce some of the functional glass industry’s finest work. A blend of original design and master glass craftsmanship, each piece is subjected to flamethrowers and a vigorous process of glass manipulation by blowing through straws. The company’s famous Faberge Egg bong is a rare piece with sublimely ornate detailing. With prices at $950 USD for a basic oil rig bubbler and $12,000 USD for the “Mothership Mini” bong, some creations go for $30,000 USD per piece. They are completely unrivaled in the industry and as we know people will wait in lines to get a chance to take a hit from a Mothership Glass piece. The enigmatic Mothership Glass company is loved among cannabis aficionados and is appreciated by any glass collector looking for a piece that not only looks great but has great functionality.
Pipes that incorporate lines, colors, and add-ons are considered to be in the elite category and cost significantly more than clear production pieces. Some of these collectors items run for upwards of $20,000, accredited to their unique color pull and isolated features. Mothership usually pairs their colors used with clear glass, therefore creating a special, almost unmatchable look. While some Mothership Glass “ships” were given to stores as demonstration examples, the demand for more from the brand has sent demos onto the market for sale.
As far as originality is concerned, the amount of replication of the designs is an indicator of how influential the group’s work has been. Perhaps the most known, the Faberge Egg, brings an oval shaped core that stacks bubbles like crazy within the thick glass walls. Ball rigs have a large ball that features a little less percolation and offer a little more available flavor. The mini bubblers come with a honey bucket fixed onto the top of them, made in three distinct versions that are separated on appearance more than function. Having been designed for flavor and smooth chugging, the Torus is very desirable with its thin and sleek design, highlighted by an impressive amount of slow draining of water during and after your hit.
If you don’t own a Mothership rig, there’s a chance that you might use a honey bucket, another original design that has become a standard nail style. Setup like a swing based quartz banger surrounded with a fixed dome, it’s the ideal combination of those two commonly used concentrate accessories. To properly stop airflow to activate the vapor, an optimal flavor zone cap takes the functionality of a carb cap to a whole new level. Though most pipes are used for dabs, pieces like the fab egg come with a push slide for dry herb use due to the level of percolation involved. Even the bowl comes with a great amount of thickness to it, ensuring quality across the board.
Demand and Scarcity
Only a limited amount of pieces are introduced into the market through announced product drop events. Similar to when the new iPhone debuts and Jordan releases, people will camp out in order to guarantee an opportunity to purchase something that hasn’t been owned before and has the Mothership name on it. There are groups online that serve as marketplaces for the trading, selling and purchasing of this brand specific glass. This allows collectors to potentially try out and own items located around the world that otherwise would not be available. The resale value of these pieces of art is enough to own one simply for the investment, though the function that makes them so expensive is worth taking the time to enjoy. Whether it’s an investment, a new way to enjoy your medicine, or something used to serve as eye candy on your mantle, the quality and culture associated with Mothership Glass is unrivaled in the glass waterpipe industry.