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Color and light explode with brilliance in hand-blown glass! Design an elegant sculpture reminiscent of Dale Chihuly’s spectacular, luminous creations.
Dale Chihuly is a glass sculptor born on September 20, 1941, in Tacoma, Washington. Chihuly began his career at the University of Wisconsin, where he studied glassblowing as a graduate student with Harvey Littleton. He later went to the Rhode Island School of Design, where he established and taught in the Glass Department until 1983. Chihuly then returned to the Pacific Northwest, where he worked with the Pilchuk Glass Studio, which he helped to create in 1983. It was at this studio that Chihuly began to explore the team approach to glass blowing that he discovered during his studies in Murano, Italy.
The art of glassblowing involves heating glass to a very high temperature, where it begins to melt. The glass blower then blows air through a long metal tube while turning the hot and heavy molten glass. This requires a great deal of skill, strength, and patience.
An automobile accident in 1976 left Chihuly with the use of only one of his eyes. Soon after that, he began to work with William Morris, who became his chief gaffer (glass blower). Morris was an exceptionally skilled craftsman and very strong. These skills enabled Chihuly to design larger pieces.
Chihuly’s art is usually based upon forms found in nature, particularly flower forms and sea forms. His series’ names provide clues to his inspirations: baskets, cylinders, floats, ikebana, macchia, Persians, putti, seaforms, soft cylinders, stumps, and Venetians. Most of Chihuly’s installations are created to be illuminated, using the transparent qualities of colored glass to show off their elegant, organic forms.
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