Posts Tagged ‘chihuly’

Video: Seattle’s Glass Artists

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

Western Washington has long been a vibrant center for glass artists. Check out this mini-documentary about what it’s like to work in a glass-blowing studio and how glass objects are crafted.

Think you can take the heat? Join us this August for our Glass Art in Seattle tour. We’ll take you to studios, galleries, museums, and private collections to learn more about this intriguing art form.

If you’re local to DC, click here to learn more about the Washington Glass School.

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Photo: Chihuly’s Crystal Towers

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009
Chihuly's Crystal Towers at Tacoma's Museum of Glass. Photo: Flickr user ralphhogaboom.

Chihuly’s Crystal Towers at Tacoma’s Museum of Glass. Photo: Flickr user ralphhogaboom.

The Museum of Glass, located in Tacoma, WA, opened to worldwide acclaim in 2002. The idea came ten years earlier, from Phil Phibbs (a retired university president) and Dale Chihuly (see above). Phibbs thought Tacoma was a natural location for such a museum as many local artists had greatly influenced modern art glass. The museum includes an amphitheater where visitors can watch art glass being made; a hands-on glass-making studio; and ever-changing exhibitions by local, national, and international glass artists. See it for yourself and tour Chihuly’s own studio on our Glass Art in Seattle tour, starting August 5.
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Photo: Colorful Chihuly in Tacoma

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009
A close up of Dale Chihuly's pedestrian bridge at the Tacoma Museum of Glass. Photo: Lane O'Neill, Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest

A close up of Dale Chihuly's pedestrian bridge at the Tacoma Museum of Glass. Photo: Lane O'Neill, Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest

Artist Dale Chihuly is best known for pushing the art of glass-blowing to the limits of (and sometimes past) the imagination. More controversially, some decry the fact that he hasn’t blown glass himself since a car accident that robbed him of one eye and his later shoulder damage in the 1970s. Others counter that most artists have had help since the time of Michelangelo. Whatever your opinions on teamwork, we think Chihuly’s work is worth seeing in person. See it for yourself and tour his studio on our Glass Art in Seattle tour, starting August 5th. Space still available at press time.

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