Cannabis culture has been a huge passion of mine for years now. I love keeping my finger on the pulse of the industry to see what new thing has got people excited this month. One aspect of the community that I’ve always been fascinated with is the glassblowing side of things. I used to love learning the names of every type of perc and testing out the different diffusion levels. Over the years, the glass game has gotten so big that it has become its own culture, almost separate from that of cannabis. While some people tout Cheech and Chong as the heroes of the industry, glass fanatics are more likely to throw out names like Quave or Scott Deppe. While there are dozens of different artists that are battling it out to be the best in the game, anyone that knows anything about the glass industry knows that one company stands above the rest, Mothership. I’ve briefly covered Mothership madness in a previous article if you need to catch up, but it is basically a company founded by master glassblowers to create the most precise and highly functioning glass pieces on the market. While these pieces are beautiful, they come with a hefty price tag that seems to skyrocket every year. That’s why Mothership decided to make a lower quality line of their products that is a little more affordable. This new line of pieces is cleverly called, Brothership.
Mothership has been playing around with the name, Brothership, for a while now. Hardcore fans noticed when they patented the name years ago. Originally the line was thought to be just for when Mothership collaborates with other companies. The first thing released on the Brothership line was their collaboration ceramic honey buckets with Hive. The buckets have virtually an identical design to the glass ones that Mothership sells, but they’re made of ceramic, including the swing and OFZ carb cap. While these might be a few hundred dollars cheaper than the glass version, don’t expect to walk away with a full wallet after spending the $300 on this piece alone. That seems to be the theme of Brothership, while the pieces are considerably cheaper than the originals, almost a quarter of the price, you’ll still be dropping close to a grand on your glass. They currently offer three of their most popular Mothership designs in Brothership form. The main difference in quality seems to be the new percs aren’t nearly the works of art that they are on Mothership pieces. Mothership most likely felt the need to jump on this cheaper glass line because the demand for their pieces has been so high that their original design prices have already tripled and many other artists have started to replicate them. China in particular tries to rip off Mothership designs, because they don’t have patent infringement, for literally less than a 10th of the price that some of these pieces are selling for in America. Admittedly the copies have started to get good enough that Mothership can’t just ignore the competition.
While the idea seems pretty solid to open up the Mothership market to people that aren’t willing to drop multiple stacks on glass, that one of their stoned friends will probably break anyway, I still think the price is a bit of a smack in the face. Of course Mothership can’t release products that are actually cheap enough to ruin their high quality image, but these new pieces that aren’t made as well as the originals are selling for similar prices to what the originals were just a few years ago. The Brothership fab egg is going for $970 on their website. If I’m going to buy a piece that isn’t a real Mothership, I don’t know why I wouldn’t just give one of these up and coming artists my support.