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Glass Alchemy

Glass Alchemy is a thriving family business started by Henry and Susan Grimmet in 2000. By putting together their passion for science and art they’ve created a color palette for the emerging boro glass scene which looked very much different at that time. It took all their devotion and effort to create a solid base for this industry.

Now, their children, Jodie and Thomas are taking good care of the company. From the first year we reached out to them and spoke to Jodie, we immediately realized how much dedication there is behind their work.

We are grateful to have received their support since the 1st EFFO and, because the only glass allowed in the competition is the sponsored one and distributed equally between the glassblowers, our competitors were able to work with some of the wildest colors on the market.

We deeply appreciate the willingness with which the Glass Alchemy have and continue to sponsor the European Functional Flame Off. Thank you again for your generous support!



We are thrilled to announce that the countdown to the 5th edition of the European Functional Flame Off has begun!!! In four months from now, a group of talented and imaginative artists will share their passion for the craft of glassblowing and transform molten glass into beautiful and functional pieces.

Organised for the first time in Denmark, EFFO moved for three years to Spain and we feel like it’s time to put a new stamp on its passport. We couldn’t think of a better place than the UK, the motherland to so many acclaimed glassblowers and glass lovers.

We are currently looking for a space big enough to fit our equipment, the competitors and our visitors.


Last year, we were happy to see all the enthusiasts of glassblowing and other associated professions brought together to learn about the process, connect with the artists and mingle with like-minded people.

The facility which we rented in Barcelona allowed us to organize the working stations for the competitors, a comfortable lounge space with a bar and nearly twenty showcases with the glass art.

Here are the winning pieces of the 4th EFFO. 1st place – Heliox, 2nd place – Dok, 3rd place – EVS 78.

The winner of the 4th EFFO, Heliox


Our glassblowing studio in Denmark became the venue for the 1st EFFO with four attendants and a group of our glass loving customers. The following editions counted ten competitors and attracted hundreds of spectators. What’s more, our persistent efforts, led SmokingGear to opening their new studio in Barcelona where we were able to host the European Vacation. The myriads of colorful pipes created during the event, were later displayed at the NPK Club.

From day one, SmokingGear wanted to support and contribute to the glass scene by connecting the artists and allowing them to work with the high quality products and materials. This wouldn’t be possible without the help and support we received from you. Thank you! If you’re interested in the sponsorship of the 5th EFFO, contact us. 35516160_1863181040408214_3176511645518135296_n


´4th EFFO

Soon its time again !
This will be the 4th year we are doing the EFFO and after last venue got maxed out with both noise, generator and visitors the natural step is a bigger place. Finding a suitable place seemed easy at first looking for event places to rent but the price would then dictate something else. The solution will be a studio/place big enough to host EFFO and future events and thats what we are aiming for and for that we need sponsors interested in being a part of the growing industry it has become since the first year we had the event at the Smokinggear studio. The EFFO is mainly 2 persons who organise Valeria and Lars  beside running Smokinggear they been supporting the European glass scene for years through their work.Photo 28-07-2017, 16.06.36

The 3rd EFFO

Barcelona Sept. Oct. 2016

The European Functional Flame Off is the first official live competition for European Glassblowers (pipe makers)

This year the 3rd edition of the EFFO will take you to Barcelona, Spain , awesome beach destination , great food and certainly a hotspot for cannabis lovers.

-Would you like to attend the competition?(only EUglassblowers)
-Would you like to get involved in our project?
-Just have some question?

Don’t hesitate to contact us : FLAMEOFF@SMOKINGGEAR.DK

Check out our event on FaceBook and feel free to invite your friends :

2nd European Functional Flame Off Video Trailer

Make sure to check out the trailer for the 2nd European Functional Flame Off made on the FB event page

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