Eusheen working on a new Recycler Design for his Pipe Classic 11 Competition Piece.(@Eusheen @BernGallery)
Watching the Artists work/compete is arguably one of the most Exciting aspects of Pipe Classic. Many Skills, Techniques, & Styles are put on display as we watch the artists create. Every competitor knows they have to bring it. Its Pipe Classic baby! Go Hard or Go Home.
Wizardry made its way to burlington as Phil Siegel created the now infamous #SquadGoals set which includes a Griffin, his Master Wizard, a Cauldron with Cap & a Serendipity Baby Dragon. Phil used his sorcery to channel fellow wizards and went on to Win Pipe Classic 11 1st Place! & Artists Choice!
Charley Reynolds and Stephen Rhoades gave the Stoked fam a very Warm welcome at Vermont Lampworking Studios. With it being Pipe Classic week of course there were a few guest artists in the house including our friends Joe Sandler & Chaka. We watched them rage, traded stickers, then bounced back to bern.
Thanks again VT Lampworking studios for having the extended Stoked Squad in the house. Good times, hope to be back for another visit soon!
That day where the night before quickly becomes the morning of. Pipe Classic Judging day is here! First prioritize your decision making and answer 2 questions. 1: Do I start drinking again? & 2: Do I eat these Gravy Fries? Next have your meet & Greet with each Artist & their piece. Then who will get your vote & who will become the Winner of Pipe Classic 11?!
…Hold that thought. Insert a wild boat ride with Jerry Kelly & friends on Lake Champlain. We probably should have had our safety meeting prior to the boat ride which resulted in an involuntarily education about proper boat safety based on what not to do. Captain Kelly’s Tours set sail on lake champlain. We got splashed with waves, took on water, took in beer, raged jerry’s coyle collab sherlock and took in the beautiful views that Vermont has to offer . Although we were way over capacity & almost swam back we all float on to eventually make it back to the dock.
Stoked Squad wild boat ride with Captain Kelly, a Pipe Classic Memory we shall never remember.. or forget.. Depends on who you ask.
…Back to Pipe Classic judging day. Gather the masses: Collectors, Shop Owners, Artists & Enthusiasts. Now its time. Take a minute to review an eventful week . Reunions are in full effect, smiles were concrete, friendships were made, collabs were created, engaging conversations were had, and reflection sets in. Pipe Classic 11 is coming to an end. Flash your Judges Pass for a VIP meeting with the Artists & their finished creations then it is soon time to cast your vote. So as Tito takes the stage everyone gathers round. After some well deserved Thank You’s to the sponsors , the announcement has arrived. Sarah Mae makes the final tally & Tito lifts up the mic. Okay, here we go this is the moment we have all been waiting for… This guy came to crush! 3rd Place..Pipe Classic 11 ..goes to… CapnCrunk! Applause as he takes the stage only soon to quiet down again… Pipe Classic 11 2nd place… Eush! The crowd roars again, then Tito lowers his voice…. he stalls again leaving us in suspense…Pipe Classic 11… 1st Place Winner… & also Artist Choice….Phil Siegel!!! Devin, Eush, & Phil All make their acceptance speeches followed by a massive round of applause to all the Artists, Staff, Collectors, Sponsors & Anyone else who makes Pipe Classic the event that it is today.
Blog & Photos by: Mike