Born in 1941 in Tacoma, WA, Dale was first introduced to to glass while studying for his undergrad at the University of Washington. After his graduation in ’65, he enrolled in the very first glass program in the country at the University of Wisconsin. Later, he continued to his studies at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) where he established the glass program and taught there for many years.
His Garden & Glass Exhibit has been a Seattle favorite since mid 2012, and I can honestly tell you it is a “Do Not Miss!” in my opinion.
I was absolutely astounded and in awe at his work.
Sometimes I think we miss some of life’s profounder moments because we are too busy looking through a viewfinder or watching it through an iPhone.
Their play with color and light was nothing short of spectacular!
Above is Dale’s interpretation of the Ocean Floor. Glass anemones and clam shells and sea grasses, and shells dot the sea floor and play with our imaginations.
He also did a series of glass chandeliers, and even ones you can purchase for your home!
Not sure this would fit anywhere in my little town-home. But, it’s fun to dream!
A high-ceiling, glass “Hot House” where larger-than-life flowers bloom and tower overhead. A wonderful exercise for the imagination, and a room I could have sat in for hours.
I left inspired and once again in awe of the gifts the Giver gives, and He definitely gave Dale Chihuly a double-dose!
I hope this post and Dale’s incredible work inspires you to embrace your God-given gifts and talents and find a way to use them for His glory!