Every month, we profile the top artists of the glass smokeware industry. For past glass artists, visit the HIGH TIMES Glass Artist of the Month archive.
“Growing up in Albuquerque was like a mini LA," says star glass artist Dellene Peralta. “It was home to a number of graffiti artists who were a huge inspiration in my artistic quest.”
Her parents were artists as well, which put Dellene firmly on the artist path. But she left the New Mexico desert behind and moved to Eugene, OR, the undisputed capital of glassblowing.
She began creating glass pipes and jewelry in 1996. Her talent blossomed, revealing an eye for form and color, a hand for balance and proportion and a genuine talent with the 3-D element that characterizes glass artistry. In 2002, Dellene won the first annual Flame Off in Albuquerque, NM. All of the stars of the glassblowing community were on hand – a mostly male constituency – but Dellene‘s beautiful sculpted Jerry Garcia hand holding a fairy dancing lightly in his palm took top honors.
Today, Dellene is widely recognized as one of the top female glass artists. Check out samples of her amazing work:
Dellene created this gold, sliver and amber purple tricycler in 2012.
This uranium and jet-black recycler titled “Fukushima Happens” is one of Dellene’s most recent successes. (2013)
"Singularity" is a delicate collaboration of top artists: Marcel Braun, Robert Mickelson, and Dellene. The krypton fill by is by Arron Siverson. (2012)
Sitting atop “Singularity” is Annunaki Lady, an ancient deity of Mesopotamian cultures.
“Glass Heads 2001” is Dellene’s homage to fellow glass artists. (L to R) Jason Lee, Clinton Roman, Banjo, Darby Holm, Bob Snodgrass, Scott Deppe, Hugh, Marcel Braun, and Dellene.
“The Boot” is a collaboration with Marbleslinger, our previous Glass Artist of the Month.
Here’s another celebration of footwear. “Neon High Heel Shoe” features fill by Arron Siverson.
The “Green Monster” is no relation to Fenway Park. It certainly hits better than the Red Sox! (2012)