By Janet Dodrill
Colored glass has always appealed to me. Glassmaking and glassblowing began to amaze me when I was introduced to the work and glass studio artist, Dale Chihuly.
In 1998, my late mother and I went to see ‘Chihuly: The George R. Stroemple Collection‘ at the Akron Art Museum in Akron, Ohio. There, we walked in under a Chihuly Chandelier, and were directed first to see a film on the artist’s background, his drawing and glassmaking process, and worldwide installations – after which we were free to roam the museum’s gallery. It was a spectacular exhibit which included a cross-section of his work, including Drawings, Irish Cylinders, Macchia, Venetians, Laguna Murano, and Seaform sculptures.
A couple years ago visited a local BOSE store and on their big screen TV was a film on Chihuly. It was a great way to showcase the manufacturer’s technology by showing an interesting glass blowing demo so vibrant with color.
Recently, I have been enjoying the glass art sculpture images posted regularly from the Chihuly Facebook page.
To fully appreciate his work I suggest viewing some of the many videos available online. (Some online links are below.)
Better yet, if you get the opportunity to see his work up close, I would strongly encourage it!
Chihuly Facebook Page:
Dale Chihuly YouTube Channel:
Chihuly Workshop YouTube Channel:
Chihuly Studio Vimeo Channel:
The George R. Stroemple Collection
Akron Art Museum
(Text and photo copyright Janet Dodrill. Not to be used without prior permission.)