Not Your Grandmother’s Vase; Chihuly Blown Glass

Blown glass by Chihuly

Sapphire Neon Tumbleweeds

Dale Chihuly is a 75-year old American artist who builds sculptures out of blown glass. A native of Tacoma, Washington, he holds masters degrees in sculpture from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Rhode Island School of Design. He also studied glass blowing on the island of Murano in Venice, Italy. He is known for location specific installations in public spaces and gardens. In addition his work is featured in more than 250 museum collections. After an accident made it difficult for him to hold a glass blowing pipe in 1979 he continued his work by hiring others to do the glass blowing.

Chihuly blown glass

Red Reeds on Logs

Chihuly blown glass

Icicle tower and chandelier

Chihuly drawing

Basket and reed quad drawing

Chihuly blown glass

Royal Ontario Museum exhibit

All photos are from the Chihuly exhibit at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto

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14 Responses to Not Your Grandmother’s Vase; Chihuly Blown Glass

  1. ngozindah says:

    Such inspiring write ups,beautifully wrtten,welldone!

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  2. pjlazos says:

    Wow, these remind me of the many exhibits at the Monterey aquarium in CA. Beautiful rendition of sea creatures. Happy New Year, Ken. May it be filled with bright blessings and great writing opportunities! oxo

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  3. BroadBlogs says:

    Whoa! Is one of those pics from the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas?

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  4. Dale Chihuly’s work is exquisite, Ken. Thank you for sharing a little of his story. It makes his commitment to producing such beautiful art even more extraordinary.

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  5. inesephoto says:

    I have seen some works in Bellagio hotel. Remember the ceiling made of flowers. Absolutely stunning works.

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  6. These are incredible. Our homeschool group was privy to some glass-blowing in action. Over 1300 degrees F, the furnace!!


  7. Donna Janke says:

    I am a big Chihuly fan, This exhibit looks fantastic. Great photos.

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  8. BEAUTIFUL! I still kick myself for not going to the Chihuly museum when I was in Seattle for a real trip and not one of the writing conferences I’ve gone to. I’ll be sure to pay a visit the next time I head that way. There’s a pretty cook art glass store in downtown Boise that I always gawk at when I walk by, and many years at the annual Art in the Park fair at Julia Davis part, I’ve brought home smaller pieces of art glass (the big ones are soooo pricey). I’ve also wanted to take a glass blowing class. Guess I need to keep my eye out for a good Groupon!

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  9. Hayden James says:

    Amazing article on glass-blowing, I loved reading and enjoyed this article as it has many pictures which is making this article more beautiful, I appreciate you for sharing


  10. Anarette says:

    Mind blowing beautiful.

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