Thanks to Netflix’s ‘Blown Away,’ extra individuals are studying about this Washington metropolis’s glass artwork neighborhood
“Blown Away” contestant Minhi Su England doing an illustration at Seattle Glassblowing Studio — Photo courtesy of Ian Lewis Media
Thanks to the recognition of “Blown Away,” Netflix’s aggressive glassblowing actuality present, glass artwork is hotter than ever. Words like “annealer,” “frit,” “hot shop” and “glory hole” have change into acquainted to thousands and thousands of viewers, who’ve devoured all three seasons. For those that can’t get sufficient of the medium, there’s one metropolis price a pilgrimage: Seattle.
Seattle is extensively considered the guts of North America’s studio glass neighborhood. The metropolis claims to have extra glassblowing outlets than anyplace else on the earth exterior of Murano Island, the district in Venice, Italy, the place Murano glass originated.
Seattle is residence to the Pilchuck Glass School and greater than 700 glass artists, in accordance with Refract, together with Dale Chihuly. One of glass artwork’s most distinguished trailblazers, Chihuly could also be greatest recognized for his jaw-dropping “Fiori di Como” glass sculpture that hangs from the foyer ceiling of the Bellagio Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.
Whether you wish to take a look at, purchase or create glass artwork, listed here are 10 locations that make Seattle one of the best place for it.
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Mille Fiori, one of many breathtaking galleries at Chihuly Garden and Glass — Photo courtesy of Lois Alter Mark
Open since 2012, Chihuly Garden and Glass is motive sufficient to go to Seattle. Located proper subsequent door to the Space Needle, the museum options eight gorgeous galleries, crammed with Dale Chihuly’s works. You’ll wish to take pictures of all of them. The everlasting exhibition continues outside within the Garden, the place his glass sculptures punctuate nature’s personal magnificence.
Glass shade samples in The Boathouse — Photo courtesy of Visit Seattle
The Boathouse is Dale Chihuly’s private “hot shop” (the house the place the glass is blown and created). It’s solely open to the general public on uncommon events or by appointment. If you’re given an opportunity to go to, don’t hesitate. It’s fascinating to see his superb collections of things that encourage him and to face within the place the place the magic occurs.
Seattle Glassblowing Studio
Artist and glassblowing teacher, Ronnie Phillips, at Seattle Glassblowing Studio — Photo courtesy of Lois Alter Mark
This gorgeous gallery options the art work of greater than 100 glass artists, together with lots of the stars of “Blown Away,” like Dan Friday, Minhi Su England, Rob Stern, Cat Burns and Nao Yamamoto. You can also have a chunk custom-made for you or make one your self with the assistance of knowledgeable glassblower.
Pike Place Market
Bring residence an authentic piece of glass artwork from KOBO Art Garden at Pike Place Market — Photo courtesy of Megan Swann Photography
Seattle’s famed Pike Place Market is a perfect place to buy native distributors, together with Glass Eye Studio and KOBO Art Garden, the latter of which options hand-blown creations by artists Joshua Swanson and Motoko Hayashi. You’ll discover the whole lot from jewellery to bowls to one-of-a-kind designs, and you may wish to decide up items for pals, household and, after all, your self.
Sheraton Grand Seattle
Chihuly’s flowers within the foyer of the Sheraton Grand Seattle — Photo courtesy of Visit Seattle
The Sheraton Grand Seattle isn’t just an ideal place to remain; it’s additionally an ideal — and stunning — place to stand up shut and private with the town’s glass artwork. It’s seamlessly included into the lodge’s décor. Grab a espresso within the foyer and begin your day in entrance of Chihuly’s “Flower Form 2,” one of many capstones of the Sheraton Grand Seattle’s artwork assortment.
Glass artwork feeds the soul at Aerlume — Photo courtesy of Aerlume
This renowned restaurant is widely known as a lot for its glass artwork as its superb meals. The gorgeous water views exterior the home windows have impressed equally gorgeous glass items inside. Created by bespoke glass design studio, Idlewild Union, the artwork illuminates Aerlume’s mission to supply domestically and have a good time Seattle’s bounty. Check out the stunning votives lighting up your filet mignon or buttermilk-fried rooster — all artworks in their very own proper.
Museum of Glass
The Museum of Glass is a celebration of the medium — Photo courtesy of Museum of Glass
While within the space, head somewhat south to Tacoma, the place the Museum of Glass is a must-visit. Since 2002, this thrilling house has given guests the chance to look at stay glassblowing, see examples from each the masters and one of the best rising artists and even attempt the artwork type. Once you’ve seen what will be created from glass, you’ll wish to be a gaffer within the sizzling store, make a mosaic or study fusing or tacking — all hands-on experiences provided on the museum.
Maestro Lino Tagliapietra’s gallery in Belltown — Photo courtesy of Lois Alter Mark
You’ll wish to frolicked exploring the general public galleries of glass artists, together with that of Lino Tagliapietra (sure, he’s the “maestro” whom one of many “Blown Away” contestants acquired in bother for copying) and Traver Gallery, which options notable artists in glass, sculpture, portray and installations.
Refract: The Seattle Glass Experience
The metropolis hosts ‘Refract: The Seattle Glass Experience,’ each October — Photo courtesy of Lois Alter Mark
Visit in October to take part in Refract: The Seattle Glass Experience, one of many world’s premier glass artwork festivals. This annual occasion contains programming by greater than 50 organizations and 70 artists. There’s one thing for everybody, whether or not you’re new to the scene or a severe glass artwork collector. It’s a good time to go to sometimes closed-to-the-public studios, like Chihuly’s Boathouse. It’s a preferred occasion, so you may wish to get your tickets early.
Gather on the Glasshouse at Chihuly Garden and Glass — Photo courtesy of Megan Swann Photography
The kick-off occasion for Refract, this annual gathering takes place at Chihuly Garden and Glass and options stay glassblowing demonstrations, cocktails and small bites and a non-public reception within the Glasshouse. Best of all, it provides you a uncommon alternative to mingle with a few of the greatest names within the enterprise — whereas elevating a glass of your individual.