About Us

This is the story of who we are…

Clemons Briar Pipes started as the only smoke shop in Ashland, a small college town of 22000 residents and 4000 college kids. Our intention was never to sell glass pipes, but to just provide the highest quality tobacco products to discriminating adults. Well, the demand was so great for pipes, (should have figured, COLLEGE TOWN)and there were plenty of glassblowers that had nowhere to sell their art that we became the obvious outlet for their talents. A year later here we are with our own glass website, auctions on Yahoo! for glass, selling our glass to shops on the east coast, and now the largest glass selection in Southern Oregon. Not bad for a kid who dropped out of college and a bunch of “pansy ass hippie glassblowers”. We have always been a little different in how we do things and this now extends to our relationships to our glassblowers. Most shops rank glassblowers right up there with pond scum and treat them accordingly. Delayed payments or no payments made for glass received are common in this industry. We have taken a different approach. We pay all our glassblowers upfront, in cash, and treat them like people. In addition to this seemingly common sense approach, we have also formed a new way of doing e-business. This site is a co-op of me, Mike the shop owner, and all my glassblowers. This means that not only do the glassblowers get paid for their wares, but they are also entitled to a share of the profits. Each glassblower, in essence, is a partial owner of this site. As the site generates more profit, the glassblowers generate more profit. So please keep this in mind as you shop here, and use your time and money to support the families that made this site happen.