CJ Bullock never knew pipes could be art until he walked into his first proper headshop.
“I saw this incredible, fully worked, double bubbler sitting on the shelf and my view of glass changed forever.”
That moment set CJ on a path that would lead to him to create his very own line of smokeware products, Glass by CJ Bullock. Rather than confine himself to a specific style, CJ’s creations incorporate a range of techniques such as sandblasted grail work, fuming, air traps, and line work. His shaping, however, is consistent from piece to piece, as evidenced by the Push Bowl Bubbler, a lovely item he created specifically for this article in DOPE.
Like much of CJ’s work, the Push Bowl Bubbler is a richly-colored figure of borosilicate glass that’s been finessed into vaguely mammalian formations. The body is a cobalt base with a pure silver fume airtrap, and the bowl and mouth piece feature matching-colored honeycombs. There is a donut hole connecting the stem and can, and the body flaunts three Gilson opals and an airtrapped sculpted feather.
“It’s an old school shape that works with dry flower the best,” CJ says, “and the water filtration makes for a nice, smooth, relaxing hit.”
CJ’s unique style makes his work easily recognizable, a major boon when trying to stand out in such a crowded industry. When one of his pieces shares shelf space with another artist’s work, CJ says that his customers can always single his work out from the rest.