"The blood, sweat, and tears are why we do this job... The art we make is just a souvenir were bringing home from our mind, body, and soul to give to the world." -Zac Konick, Rabbit Hole Productions
Collective Name: Rabbit Hole Productions
Artist Names: Zac Konick (21), Will Pandolph (26)
Favorite Colors: Zac: Green and deep purple, Will: White
Hometown(s): Zac: Saugus, MA, Bill: Houston, TX
Who is the Rabbit Hole Collective? How did you meet?
Bill: The Rabbit Hole Collective is two people (Will and Zac) that came from completely different backgrounds but were drawn to the same passion - glass art. Plans are to grow and expand the business and bring other artists in. Zac became friends with my brother after I returned home from the service. He basically became family after that.
How did you first enter the art world? What were your favorite mediums?
Zac: I’ve always done more abstract art. As far as other art forms go, the only other way I’ve expressed myself is through poetry. I played with clay when I was younger but I never actually consistently made art on a daily basis until I found glass two years ago, and it just clicked. The way glass moves just makes more sense to me than anything else.
Bill: I would have to say that my older brother played an influential role on my entrance to the art world. I used to watch him draw and it just drew me in. It mostly started with a variety of pencils and paper, which is still one of my favorite mediums to this day. When I was in high school, I really favored pastels and clay sculpture.
What was the first glass art you ever created?
Zac: The very first piece of "art", and I use quotations because although it was art, it was a very wonky and poorly constructed clear turtle I made for a friend. But it didn’t have any cracks and it was a functional pipe!
Bill: The first art I ever created was a marble I made for my mom’s birthday. It had some little white, yellow, and blue flower millis with green vines and a disco sparkle backing.
What traits do you enjoy most about this medium? What traits do you dislike?
Zac: My absolute favorite part of this medium is the sense of community that glass artists have with each other. It’s like an underground family that spans the entire world. AIso there is no right or wrong way to do any technique as long as the end result is the same, which is especially nice for someone like me that likes to do things my own way. There’s only one trait I dislike about glass: it cracks. And generally when my pieces crack it seems to be at the last minute and is either impossible to fix and I have an elaborate paperweight...or it falls to pieces on the station.
Bill: What I enjoy most are the people that share this medium. Whether you are a soft glass, boro, or scientific grade glass worker, we are all passionate about glass. And I’m not gonna lie...I love the fact that I get to play with fire everyday.
Cannabis plays an essential function in the artwork you create now. What was your first introduction to the magical plant?
Zac: Ahhh, my first dance with Mary was magical... I was living in Massachusetts at the time carousing around the mall with some friends and they asked me if I wanted to go smoke with them. We went to "The Tracks" and smoked bowl after bowl but I didn't even get high until...I walked in my front door and saw my mom. That was the most delicious spaghetti and meatballs she EVER made.
Bill: My first intro to cannabis was when I was 15. My older brother and I got tickets to go to the Tool concert. We left and burned joint after joint all the way to the concert. We were smoking some skunk at the time and I had the most intense munchies that I can remember.
What are your favorite strains? Concentrates?
Zac: I don't have any one particular favorite strain but the best I ever smoked was hydroponic Afghooey. As far as concentrates go I like bubble hash for the flavor and extended high I get in comparison to doing dabs of wax but I still love the rush of a dab.
Bill: I would have to say that my favorite strains are Skunk, Trinity, and OG Kush. As far as concentrates go, I really enjoy bubble and wax. I favor the bubble. I could smoke it all day, every day.
What other artistic movements, styles, or periods inspire you?
Zac: This pipe art movement we’re in right now is a big inspiration. But I'm also inspired by all abstract art, new and old, as well as hand painted realistic scenery.
Bill: Other than the art pipe movement, I am really inspired by photography, especially of things in nature.
Tell us about your creative process...where do your ideas come from?
Zac: I get a lot of ideas from the way my brain processes things. I take little parts from everything I see or feel. My creating happens on the fly. I simply store the ideas in my head until the inspiration hits. When that happens I’m usually on the torch for hours at a time.
Bill: I try to draw inspiration from all things and people I encounter in life. I tend to find most of my inspiration and ideas from things in nature, other artwork, and events of my life. I will think about how I can make that in glass and make it functional. When it comes to glass art that inspires me, I think, "That is amazing, but how can I be different than that?"
What differentiates your work from other artists out there?
Zac: What differentiates us is our eye for detail. We know what we like so we beat ourselves up when it doesn’t come out as clean as we would’ve liked it to. This helps push our glass to be the best it can be. We focus on making things clean and uniform, yet still unique. Also we are always trying new challenging techniques. Taking something new, and incorporating that into a technique that has been giving us problems pushes our craft. You never stop learning with art, and that rings extremely true with glass in particular be cause of how many different techniques and styles you can pursue.
What projects are you working on right now?
Zac: Well we have a few ideas we have been throwing around with the guys at Mad Hatters on some Rabbit Hole/Mad Hatters exclusive pieces. Also some accessories including domes, dishes, and dabbers. Maybe even a slyme oil rig with matching dish, dome, and dabber. Currently Mad Hatters has all our slyme and anti-slyme pieces, so if you like black and radioactive green go check them out!
Finally...what advice would you give to a young glass artist just starting out?
Zac: My best advice is all the greats started right where you are right now. As long as you have a drive, and you can open your eyes to see the mistakes, take the time trying and trying, making piece after piece, to fix the problem. No matter how many failures you encounter, you WILL get to where you want to be with hard work and perseverance. The blood, sweat, and tears are why we do this job...the art we make is just a souvenir we’re bringing home from our mind, body, and soul to give to the world.
Bill: It takes time and determination to become a good lamp worker. You need the attitude TO CONQUER...not BE CONQUERED. There is a wealth of knowledge out there, take in as much as you can and ALWAYS strive to better yourself.