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Smokin’ artwork in Aspen

Janet Urquhart
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado
Mary King has opened One Love Smokeshop on Mill Street in Aspen, specializing in colorful, handblown glass pipes.

ASPEN – It’s art. It’s a pipe.

Customers at the new One Love Smokeshop on Mill Street in Aspen may feel like they’re browsing through a gallery devoted to glass art, and they are.

The exquisite pieces – colorful, intricate, hand-blown creations -constitute functional art, according to shop owner Mary King. The work of roughly two dozen artists from Colorado and across the country is on display in the shop’s glass cases, and more is on the way.

“They’re all made by glass-blower hippies in their garage, pretty much,” King said.

Wednesday afternoon, a sandwich-board sign on the sidewalk was sufficient to lure the curious up a flight of stairs to view the wares, though the shop remains a work in progress. It opened just this week with perhaps 500 pieces on display. King envisions a couple of thousand pipes when the inventory is complete.

The young entrepreneur said she opened her first smokeshop in Loveland at age 17 and opened a One Love in Glenwood Springs last year. Now, at age 22, she’s calling Aspen home. One Love in Aspen will offer a higher-end inventory, with pipes that currently range in price from $20 to close to $5,000.

The shop also sells smoking papers, water pipes and vaporizers that allow the inhalation of vapor rather than smoke.

One must be 18 years of age or older to purchase the pipes, as they are considered a tobacco product, King explained.

Aspen has no other shop devoted exclusively to smoking paraphernalia, though such products can be found in the town’s medical marijuana dispensaries. One Love, however, is keeping its distance from the burgeoning medicinal pot industry.

“I imagine it contributes to our success, but we’re not involved in the industry,” King said.

In fact, it’s easy to forget the glass pieces in the shop serve any particular function beyond the aesthetic.

“I don’t think the valley has seen art like this,” King said.