It was a brisk Tuesday evening in Downtown Las Vegas on February 20, and we had just arrived at an unassuming building in the heart of the Arts District. Melodic sounds and irie vibes swirled out of the front door and invited us in. Immediately to my right there sat a cobalt blue, five-foot tall Jerome Baker bong. In front of me, a giant, translucent yellow bong with a neck as long as a giraffe’s. To my left, a bong taller than me, comprised of the most beautiful violet glass I had ever seen. Was I dreaming? It sure felt like it…
Each room was a new adventure in itself, filled with glass art of all shapes, sizes and heritage; pieces I know I’d seen before and pieces I never could have imagined. In one of these rooms we found Jason Harris, Jerome Baker Designs Founder, hugging Bob Snodgrass in the midst of a thick cloud of smoke, flanked by more giant, colorful bongs. Dang, ok, this was definitely a dream! I asked my photographer to pinch me. Nope! I WAS awake, and this was what my candy-colored, smoke-filled, stoner dreams were made of.
This was “Bongzilla,” the gallery opening of Jerome Baker Designs’ Las Vegas Studio. It was a night dedicated to the unveiling of “The Mega Bong Series,” by Jerome Baker Designs. This all-star team set out to create a collection of larger-than-life pieces, the likes of which had never been seen.
Leafly.tv filmed the entire crazy process of making the Mega Bongs, and we got to see the premier screening alongside the artists themselves as they cheered one another on. The film captured all the highs, lows, breaks and blows of the Olympic-sized glassmaking process.
15 Mega Bongs were created; 11 made it to Las Vegas and 10 survived the opening night. When a bowl from one of the Mega Bongs hit the floor during a photo op, my instinct was to cry—I looked over at Jason Harris, however, and he was smiling. Just another reminder that bends and breaks are all a part of the journey!