Glassine Visions~

Seattle’s Garden and Glass Museum showcases the magical worlds created by glass artist Dale Chihuly.
Chihuly creates huge glass wonderlands,
resembling hallucinatory under-seascapes,

full of phantasmagorical deep-sea creatures.

Mirrors create reflective visions like crystalline creatures from outer space.

There are magic mushrooms,
glowing like alien forms,

in surreal secret gardens.
Visiting here one feels much like Alice with a two-way ticket to wonderland!
Cheers to you from the inventive worlds of Dale Chihuly~

329 thoughts on “Glassine Visions~

      • At one time when Tom was moving widely in the ‘glass circle’ (sounds funny doesn’t it) we always talked about disabilities and the part they played in masterful creations. It’s my understanding he can no longer blow from the long pipe required to make the large creations. Tom used 8′ and 10′ pipes for his glass. I was always in awe of his ability and would never pretend to have the ability to have even enough strength to hold the pipe long enough to do all you have to do before putting the pipe down let alone have enough air. Those large pieces require multiple dips into vats of glass and unknown numbers of heating over ‘the glory hole’ before they are spun and beaten into submission. I looked at your pictures carefully as well as Tom. It brought back many memories. It also scares me a bit as Tom has started setting aside certain pieces we have in our home he would like to pass on to others. Of course, I already have MINE marked!

        • The process is amazing and mysterious. Might Tom be willing to do a post with photographs of some of his pieces? Any explanation of how he made them would be fascinating to readers.
          I hear you on the fear factor of people planning special gifts to people when they die, but I have a “letter of intent,” clarifying who I want special items to go too, so I can understand his thinking~

          • Thus far, Tom has only written one post and that was in response to a post to a post I wrote about the brutality of his father.
            His blown glass along with his stained glass is world-wide. I have several pieces of glass I took out of galleries in Carmel when I learned we were moving to DC. Tom always thought photograps of his work in progress would jink his concepts but I have snuck a few here and there. Now I wish I had more.
            His photography skills far exceed mine. I hate to compare mine with his in the same sentence. However, I’ll throw out your suggestion and see what he has to say. He now has that ocassional day when he roams around the house as if looking for something to do.
            I also have that letter of ‘intent.’ I know from my fathers letter of ‘intent,’ things didn’t go the way Dad wanted. Those extra special people beyond the family will have what I want them to have before I leave this earth and most already do.

            • Yes, I know the “joy” of families too well! I wouldn’t have a thirty year career if families didn’t treat each other horribly too much of the time. Tom’s brutal father, relatives ignoring letters of intent and operating selfishly, are just the tip of the iceberg, aren’t they, in the myriad ways family members can hurt and damage each other. It is very sad and too prevalent and keeps psychotherapists way too busy.
              If we could get Tom to just post some photos of his work on your blog, he might reconnect with his creative talents and they have such healing power. Besides we would overwhelm him with love and appreciation. I know how talented he is and I would love to be able to tell him so directly.
              Hugs & love to you too Sheri~
              ❤ ❤

              • Thanks Cindy. I’ll ask him to start photographing his glass we have here at the house. Today would be a good day for him to photography jewelry [mine needs cleaning] – see I have an alternative motive!

                    • I can well imagine. Shaking hands have to be extraordinarily frustrating for a glass artist and I understand being perfectionistic. So, sorry Sheri. I hope he feels like he still can share with us, because we won’t see the flaws that he does, we will only see the art & beauty coming from his perfect heart. ❤

  1. Wow! Some of the glasswork looks similar to work that is on display in the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas and in the Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville. I wonder if it’s the same artist? Beautiful photos!

  2. I am happy to say I have visited this museum twice, and I know I will go back. Your photos of his exemplary work are fantastic, Cindy; you do this master great justice.

  3. Bookmarking this particular article. Gian is going to write a book of original, contemporary fairy tales (his lifelong dream actually). We are going to use this as inspiration for our fantasy world Etherea.

  4. Wowza these are brilliant, what a great museum, I’ve been brought up with an appreciation of glass art my Mum loves it but these are something else. Those glass spikes would look great lit up in the garden.

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