November 18

Dale Chihuly: A Master At Dazzling Glass Sculptures…

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“Glass is the most magical of all materials. It transmits light in a special way … I’m pleased that my art appeals to so many people of all ages…” Dale Chihuly

Dale Chihuly: A Master At Dazzling Glass Sculptures... The Sun at Gardens of Glass, London
Dale Chihuly: A Master At Dazzling Glass Sculptures... At Kew Gardens
Dale Chihuly: A Master At Dazzling Glass Sculptures... Seafoam Set from Artist's Website

Dale Chihuly is an internationally known and highly regarded master glass artist whose skill at glass art is often compared to Louis Comfort Tiffany. About 9 years ago or so, I was in Chicago and visited the Garfield Park Conservatory as part of my sightseeing tour. Fortunately, the Conservatory was having a huge exhibit of Dale Chihuly’s glass sculptures and I spent many hours wandering through his spectacular, intricate works of art. I fell in love with his art and must have spent the entire day there because it was getting dark when I left and headed out.

“Great art is as irrational as great music. It is mad with its own loveliness.” George Jean Nathan

Dale Chihuly: A Master At Dazzling Glass Sculptures... At CEPAC
Dale Chihuly: A Master At Dazzling Glass Sculptures... At Kew Gardens
Dale Chihuly: A Master At Dazzling Glass Sculptures... Dale Chihuly at TED in 2010

I was quite taken by the array of color, brightness, playfulness and skill in the glass sculptures at the Conservatory. It confirmed what Chihuly had once said that he wanted to use all 300 colors available to glass artists in his body of work. I took tons of pictures and couldn’t wait to develop them when I returned to NY. They were a kaleidoscope of glass pieces in terrific colors. I had quite lovely memories of my visit and vowed to stay in touch with his body of work and save my pictures. But alas, I have been unable to find those pictures. Today, Dale Chihuly’s glass art can be found in museums, hotels, institutions and private homes around the world.

“I’m an artist, a designer, a craftsman, interior designer, half-architect. There’s no one name that fits me very well.” Dale Chihuly

Dale Chihuly: A Master At Dazzling Glass Sculptures... At Kew Gardens
Dale Chihuly: A Master At Dazzling Glass Sculptures... At Kew Gardens
Dale Chihuly: A Master At Dazzling Glass Sculptures... Persian Ceiling at DeYoung Museum

In this post, I’ll share pictures of his phenomenal works of glass art for your enjoyment. There is much written about the man and I have added links to his Website and Wikipedia page. For this post, the genius of his artwork is the thing I most want to share…. Then, feel free to read up on his career and works. Of recent note is, Chihuly:Through the Looking Glass, his exhibit at the Boston Museum which ran from April 10, 2011 – August 8, 2011, and the gorgeous glass garden he is building in Seattle; next to the Space Needle… More on that later.

“As a parent and an artist, I’m especially looking forward to leaving a legacy at The Children’s Museum, a place where I hope my work brings joy to children who visit from all over the world.”  Dale Chihuly

Dale Chihuly: A Master At Dazzling Glass Sculptures... At Kew Gardens, London
Dale Chihuly: A Master At Dazzling Glass Sculptures... Mille Fiori V 2004
Dale Chihuly: Through the Looking Glass at the MFA – Video Link Above.

Dale Chihuly: A Master At Dazzling Glass Sculptures... at MAM ... Glass up close

I love all kinds of art and love to visit museums, parks, and foundrys; both locally and away from home. One thing that is certain is that a visit to a Dale Chihuly exhibit will take your breath away. The sheer magnificence of the size of his pieces, the vibrancy of the colors used, the intricate way the pieces are made, and how they shimmer with light will hold you captive, read mesmerized, for hours; plus, his installations are magical. If an exhibit comes to a city near you, go check it out. Also his website has a list of places where you may go to enjoy his glass art. The CEPAC, Kew Gardens, MAM and other exhibits shared above were fantastic.  Stay Inspired! What are your thoughts? Have you seen a Chihuly exhibit? Were you drawn to specific glass sculptures? Did you enjoy what you saw? Do share? Thank you! 🙂

This post was inspired by a prompt from Plinky: What type of art do you appreciate most? Dance? Film? Architecture? Photography?

Positive Motivation Tip: Art comes in many dazzling forms; find your path and create some magic.

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos Dale at TED, Wild at Kew Gdns, Glass Tangle, Ballroom Chandelier at CEPAC, Red Glass at Kew Gdns, Glass Flowers at Kew Gdns, Glass up close at Milwaukee Art Museum, VandA Rotunda, via Wikipedia, Seafoam Set & Mille Fiori V 2004 via, Or Chihuly Persian Ceiling by eHoyer via Flickr.

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet


Art, Dale Chihuly, glass artist, glass sculpture, Happiness, inspiration, life, postaday2011, postaweek2011, reflections, studio glass

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  • Wow! I never knew that glass could be so beautiful! Thank you for introducing me to this amazing artist! Maybe someday I can catch his work in Chicago? I’ll be looking, to be sure!

  • So lovely in an organic sort of way — like something you might see under the sea. I’ll see if there are any of his works still exhibited in Chicago…

  • I have seen Chihuly’s breathtaking glass art and my favorite is the ones suspended (so it seems) from the ceiling. WOW!! The museum also had videos on how the glass sculptures were created….another WOW! 🙂

  • I was introduced to Mr. Chuilly’s work through a PBS television program and have been a fan ever since. It was really interesting to see how one artist’s vision is brought to fruition through the very collaborative process of glass blowing in the studio. Several years ago I was pleasantly surprised to be greeted by a stunning glass ceiling he created for the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas.

  • I love the boat filled with the glass sculture…it reminds me of a dragon boat race…not sure why but it does. Lovely!

  • I really didn’t know anything about this fabulous artist, but I have seen Chihuly’s work at the Bellagio Hotel in Vegas. The Fiori de Como is comprised of about 2,000 amazing flowers, much like the pieces of art you’ve shared. I am just delighted that you told me more about him. Your photos are just great! Debra

  • I absolutely adore these! I think there is one in the lobby of the Borgata. I’ll have to check it further. Wouldn’t mind having a few glass lilies for my yard.

  • WOW! I checked his website and didn’t see anything coming to our area any time soon but I’ll keep looking. I’m surprised The Philadelphia Museum of Art has none of his work.
    Gorgeous!! Thanks for sharing!

  • The only time I got to see his work was at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. Have you ever been there? The lobby ceiling is artfully covered in Chihuly flowers. It is truly a beautiful sight.

  • Nice article! Fantastic images and wonderful quotes. I have been fortunate to have seen numerous Dale Chihuly’s sculptures in various locations. As a glass artist, I am inspired!

  • Outstanding write on this artist, Dale Chihuly. You did a fabulous story about him and his work. Your photo’s are beautiful. He is a very unusual glass artist. I never tire of seeing his work. He had a magnificent chandelier on the ship we just took our cruise on – Celebirty Constellation. Fortunately, that one was “IN” focus.
    Lovely ….

  • When I saw the first photo, I was breathless at the beauty of it. Then I saw the next one and had the same reaction, then the next one…..I’m in awe.

  • I’ve only seen a few Chihuly pieces, but love them so much! Thanks for showing me the variety ………….. plus, I enjoy the pics interspersed with comments.

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