About Empire Glassworks
Empire Glassworks is a glass manufacturer that first hit the scene in 2013, in Placentia “P-Town”, California, roughly an hour south of the Los Angeles metro area. While the company has only been around for a short time, the owners and employees of Empire Glassworks have more than four decades of combined experience making hand-crafted artisanal glass pipes.
Empire Glassworks specializes in the production of bongs, chillums, dab rigs, sherlocks, specialty pipes, and spoons. However, they also use their expertise to create top-tier glass accessories like dabbers, slides, and matched dab sets. One of the biggest reasons people seek out Empire Glassworks is their legendary attention to detail, another being the unbound creativity that goes into their pieces.
These reasons and a long list of others are why Empire Glassworks has become one of the most beloved, and highest-rated, glass companies in the US.
Where Is Empire Glass Created?
One of the biggest concerns for Empire Glassworks is bringing the level of quality and creativity that people have come to expect from them. This means that while a large portion of the glass supplied by Empire Glassworks is produced in the US, they also rely on the creativity and skill of many European glass artists as well.
So, while Empire Glassworks is an American-based company, they feature glass made by highly skilled glassblowers from both domestic and international countries.
Why Is Empire Glass So Unique?
Empire Glassworks is considered incredibly unique in the glass pipe industry because of its consistent use of dichroic glass in conjunction with the super-strong borosilicate that has become the industry standard. This gives their glass pipes an appearance like nothing else and allows them to show off their creativity and craftsmanship.
What Is Dichroic Glass?
Dichroic glass, commonly known as “dichro”, is a type of glass that will display different colors based on the lighting conditions and the angle the piece is viewed at. It is made by sandwiching layers of oxidized metals, which are what give the glass its unique, color-changing appearance.
Dichroic glass was first pioneered by NASA, to augment the face shields of astronauts, but has since grown to see uses across many different industries. It is also used in the filming industry to limit the color spectra that are seen.
Types of Pipes Offered by Empire Glass Works
One of the best things about Empire Glassworks is the massive selection of glass pipes they have available. They have everything from one hitters and chillums, to pipes with more heft, like spoons and Sherlocks, and even heavy artillery like bongs and their famous themed dab rigs.
Themed Dab Rigs
The themed dab rigs available from Empire Glassworks are some of the most legit rigs you can buy today, and they have some absolutely beautiful themed designs as well.
The Save The Bees recycler features a bee-themed addition on the rig itself and the carb cap. The black and yellow contrast beautifully with the rich, amber honey.
Another popular rig is the East Australian Current recycler rig. It features a gorgeous jellyfish carb cap, and a gathering of several of the ocean friends found traveling the east Australian current.
Overall, their rig quality is hard to beat. They have simple, but elegant designs with beautiful artistic elements. The open percolator design and the straightforward design of the rigs mean they draw like a pencil and hit like a train. They are also incredibly easy to clean with our variety of cleaning options.
While the Empire Glassworks dab rigs are often in the spotlight, they also make some incredible bongs. These are available in multiple designs and themes.
One super-popular pipe is a delicious Icy Strawberry Cucumber Detox bong. This refreshing number is created to resemble a frosty mug filled with a strawberry-cucumber mixture. The masterfully crafted cucumbers and strawberries match the vibe of the candy-stripe “straw”.
The glass-on-glass fit means you don’t have to worry about o-rings or broken slider stems, and provides a solid seal every time you spark it up.
The spoon pipes are quite possibly one of the most extensive categories of pipes that Empire Glassworks has in its catalog. These pipes are your typical glass hand pipe, with a relatively bulbous bowl end, and a comparatively narrow draw stem. If you are a fan of spoons, Empire Glassworks is bound to have one that will speak to your soul.
There are gorgeous scene spoons like the Bug’s Life that feature a collection of tiny glass bugs, mushrooms, and flowers, all set among the dirt and grass-themed bowl. The Climbing Pandas showcases a pair of beautiful, bumbling panda bears that are climbing the bamboo forest backdrop.
For those who enjoy pipes that look like everyday objects, Empire Glassworks has you covered. They have multiple pipes that are designed to look just like fresh sushi, like their Shrimp Nigiri, Shrimp Handroll, and Spam Musubi pipes. Other pipes that look good enough to eat include the Sprinkle Cone, multiple Avocado pipes, and even a Hot Dog pipe.
If you want something a little spicier than that, they also have several adult-themed pipes. You can go for the Kittylight, the Eggplant, and many more!
What to Look for in a New Glass Piece
If you’re in the market for a new glass pipe, there are some things to take into consideration. Even though you may be shopping online, there are a few things to look at before committing.
First, be sure that you are looking at something that appeals to you. Then, assess the pipe’s shape to the best of your ability by looking at pictures. Then, be sure you are buying from a reputable company known for its quality. Finally, look at the bottom line, and the impact it’s going to have on your wallet.
The design is going to be one of the most important things to consider. If you just wanted a plain bowl, you could get that at any shop that sells cheap overseas glass. However, since you’re browsing Empire Glassworks, the chances are good that you’re looking for a unique pipe that will stand out in your collection, and be a conversation piece in the next session.
Empire Glassworks has an insane amount of pipe designs that you can choose from, from fruit-themed pieces to pipes with a much more “adult” feel, and even pipes with fantasy and pop-culture elements. Be sure you’re choosing a piece that speaks to you.
The flow of the pipe is going to be difficult to assess online, but you should try. Nothing’s worse than looking at a pipe online and getting it shipped out, only to find that the carb is way too large or that the bowl is much too deep or too shallow.
If you think you found a design that you like, look at all of the pictures closely. Make sure you note the size of the carb, the depth of the bowl, and the overall shape and flow of the pipe. As long as you don’t see any glaring issues, it’s time to look into the company itself.
When you’re buying from some shady online smoke shop, you may be worried about quality, and with good reason. Too many companies are just selling cheap overseas imports that are generic in design and subpar in quality.
Buying Empire Glassworks pipes, however, is pretty straightforward since they have already gained a renowned reputation for their stellar quality with the finest imported glass.
When you’re shopping Empire Glassworks, the price is much less of a concern than it may be with other manufacturers. Empire Glassworks pipes are priced much more reasonably than most brick-and-mortar shops would price their glass.
Affordable pipes that you find here would easily cost double that in most retail environments.
Empire Glassworks FAQ
Here are some answers to common questions asked regarding Empire Glassworks.
Where can I find an Empire Glassworks sale?
The best place to start is a quality online glass retailer that is authorized to sell Empire Glassworks products, like right here at SMOKEA®. We strive to provide you with the everyday low prices you want on the hottest pieces from Empire Glassworks.
Where is Empire Glassworks located?
The headquarters for Empire Glassworks is located in Placentia, California, where it was founded back in 2013.
Is Empire Glassworks American glass?
Although Empire Glassworks utilizes the torch flame process called "lampworking" by some of the leading American lampworking talents, they also leverage some of the best glass artists in Europe as well. This allows Empire Glassworks to bring some of the dankest glass pieces to market for you.
Is Empire Glassworks Made in the USA?
While a significant portion of Empire Glassworks’ glass products is made in the USA, some are sourced from leading European glass artists, so not all of the glass is made stateside.