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Meet Pakoh Legalbear

Today we’d like to introduce you to Pakoh Legalbear. Them and their team share their story with us below:

Pakoh was born and raised on Long Island, NY. He’s created art his whole life. His natural inclination towards art led him to one of the most prestigious art schools in the country, Rhode Island School of Design where he received his bachelor’s of fine arts degree. Pakoh studied a wide variety of mediums at different institutions including the San Francisco Art Institute and the Pilchuck Glass School. Pakoh worked out of Rhode Island until Jan 2003 when he was fortunate to land a spot in a well-known glass cooperative in Seattle, WA.

After a decade in Seattle, he moved to Southern California in 2011 where he established his own studio and has been creating and mentoring from there ever since. Pakoh’s work has been featured in art books, magazines, and exhibitions. Most recently, he invented the “double reverse klein” recycler that’s become a high-demand piece.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
Art glass pipe making has historically been the “bastard child” of the glass industry. For decades, the established glass art community rejected this work and did not recognize it as proper art. Throughout the recent years and as more creatives dove into this medium, the controversy subsided and the establishment was forced to respect pipe makers as artists.

Personally, it’s been a great honor to be part of this community. I’ve been fortunate to have had many opportunities and though working in glass, you’re always half a step from the piece cracking or breaking and having to start over from the beginning, it’s been a rewarding career and I can’t imagine doing anything else.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
My work is conceptual contemporary

What matters most to you?
My wife, my child, and family. My health. My dogs. My community. The occasional tee time.


  • $1000 – $15,000

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Image Credits
Kana Lee

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