Heady Glass 101: An Essential Guide

Parallax Dab Rig by Denver Artist Hedman Headies

710 Pipes carries a range of stunning and locally made heady glass. If you’re new to the head shop scene, or looking to better understand your options, review our expert guide to learn the essentials of heady glass.

What Is Heady Glass?

Before exploring the topic further, it’s important to understand what “heady glass” is exactly, and what sets it apart from other pipes, bongs and dab rigs. The term “heady glass” refers to high-quality glass crafted by glassblowers into one-of-a-kind works of art. Heady glass pieces are carefully crafted by glassblowers, using alluring colors and intricate detail to form each quality product.

Some glass pieces prioritize ease of use and functionality exclusively without much attention to aesthetic appeal – often referred to as “scientific glass.” The artistic glass market has skyrocketed over the past several decades, and as time goes on, the two distinct categories of scientific glass and heady glass have become increasingly intertwined. Today’s heady glass pieces are pleasing to the eye without sacrificing function and longevity.

Functional or Not?

Pipes and water pipes are known as “functional glass,” since they can be used to serve a purpose beyond their visual appeal. “Non-functional glass” exists only as a work of art or decoration without the potential for use as a tool. Glass pendants are a popular form of non-functional glass with millenniums of celebrated history.

Glass pipes, hookahs, dab rigs and similar devices comprise a large percentage of the functional glass market. With the legalization of cannabis and the advent of social media, the widespread visibility of functional glass products have skyrocketed over the past decade. Artists in Denver and worldwide have brought their unique skill and flair to glassblowing for thousands of years, causing heady glass to evolve and improve to the exceptional pieces available for sale in head shops today.

Pricing Heady Glass

Heady glass prices range significantly. While 710 Pipes carries heady glass pieces for every price range, many intricate and highly-demanded pieces on the market today cost thousands of dollars. Many shoppers are shocked by the price of high-end heady pieces. However, this valuation is standard for several reasons. Glassblowers contribute countless hours of training and intensive labor to every piece of heady glass – not to mention the cost of materials and investment in equipment.

Supply and demand largely dictates the prices of virtually every product out there. Collectors, critics and gallery owners may invest thousands on a variety of breathtaking or unusual pieces – and intricately crafted glass is no exception. Thanks to social media, exceptionally talented glassblowers can promote their work more easily, and market specifically to interested shoppers and art-lovers alike. Top artists can slowly gain an online following, often increasing their prices as their notoriety grows.

Tips for Buying

A quality heady glass piece will work well and last for years. However, most of us aren’t made of money (our team included) so sinking our hard-earned cash into a heady piece shouldn’t be taken lightly. Before choosing the perfect heady glass piece, consider these factors:

  • Know Your Artist – Thousands of glassblowers have heady glass available for sale. Before making a big purchase, it’s worth looking into the artist who made your piece. Finding a reputable craftsman with pieces that fit your style will always pay off. Our team did the heavy lifting for you by collecting pieces exclusively from trusted and exceptionally talented local glassblowers to sell in our online head shop and three Denver-area locations.
  • Try Before You Buy – In you’re shopping at our local shops, feel free to ask our team members for a preview of your heady rig, hookah or pipe in action. Artists tend to go above and beyond with cool features that can’t be appreciated ’til your glass is in use. Feature demonstrations of our latest heady pieces are often available on our Instagram.
  • Handle Heady Glass with Care – Some artists and head shops include protective casing for heady glass pieces, to ensure that they don’t break before you make it home. Fragile products sold through our online smoke shop are wrapped well and handled delicately so they make it safely to your doorstep.

Our Online Head Shop Has the Best Heady Glass!

710 Pipes is proud to carry an extensive variety of heady glass products – including dab rigs, pipes, water pipes and hookahs. We’re proud to offer pieces from the best available Denver-area artists for the best prices on the market today along with rolling papers, accessories and more. Stop by our Northglenn head shop between 11AM-8PM, seven days a week. We also have two Denver pipe shops open daily – on Colfax and on Evans near DU. Denver University students get 10% off with a valid student ID!

Still staying indoors in the name of social distancing? If you’re over age 21 in Colorado or other legal U.S. states seeking quality pipe shop products, there’s no need to leave your home. Our online smoke shop offers exceptional prices on hundreds of our top products – all deliverable straight to your doorstep. Whether you’re shopping online or onsite, 710 Pipes is proud to provide you with the very best pipe shop products on the market today.