When you've handled enough pipes by Vladimir Grechukhin, you begin to notice just how much variation this Russian master manages to work into his designs, despite his style being one that plays, by and large, to very clean, simple forms. Shanks alone can range from soft, broad ovals to blade-like vertical lenses, from long, gradual arcs to short, powerful curls - and all just within one particular shape class. More important than that, though, is that Vladimir evidently chooses them and arranges them carefully, and that the same can be said of all the other shaping elements. The result is that though he's created a style that is readily recognizable, distinctive, as an artisan he still manages to find a great deal of room for variety while simultaneously maintaining an elegance of composition.
- Eric N. Squires