Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Dale Chihuly

Dale Chihuly

Dale Chihuly is an artist from beyond. He creates such beautiful master pieces by blowing glass. Blowing glass is an art in and of itself. There are a lot of techniques that can be used to create intricate bowls, flowers, vases, pitchers, etc. 

Above is a shot of Dale Chihuly's infamous Bridge of Glass located in Downtown Tacoma, WA. He blows the glass out to make it look like flowers, and when Chihuly places flower-like bowls in the ceiling, he turns them upside down (open flower part down) to get the full effect of what the art looks like. He shines light onto the pieces either from above or directly behind to illuminate the colors of glass. 

I decided to choose Dale Chihuly because when I was young, I was inspired by his ability to blow glass and create such beautiful masterpieces. I wanted to learn about Mr. Chihuly and how he created blown glass. I decided to take a WWU Glass Blowing Class the first quarter I attended Western Washington University. I was amazing that there were so many techniques that one had to learn in order to blow glass. It is not easy to do; however, it is fast and fun. You learn new techniques from each glass blower. I highly recommend this class to anyone who is interested!! 

Dale Chihuly's Website
This link goes to Dale Chihuly's Website. On this website, you will find that Mr. Chihuly has an outstanding variety of glass pieces that catch an audiences attention. If you pay attention to Mr. Chihuly's artwork, he tends to place a dark background behind his glass artwork because it enhances the colors of the blown glass that he has on display.

Chihuly Garden and Glass
On this site, this site talks and shows what Mr. Chihuly's Garden of Glass is located, what it looks like, and a list of all of the events that will be held there.

Biltmore Exhibit (Day & Night)
If you ever get a chance to visit the Biltmore House and Gardens, this is a sight to see! When I visited this, I was shocked at all of the amazing art Chihuly had created. I enjoyed taking photos of his artwork so that I could remember the scene at a later time.