As some of you may know, I have an artistic side that yearns to be fed. I have always gravitated toward the arts. Over the years I’ve taken many art classes…from metal sculpture, clay, photography, forging, stain glass, fused glass to glass blowing. As a matter of fact, I did a six month apprentice program with a glass blower in Phoenix (yeah, I know…with the heat, not the best place to blow). One of the assistance had even worked for a Chihuly studio in Seattle.
I quickly discovered that it would take years of practice to get proficient in glass blowing, and soon gave it up. I have a huge appreciation for the mastery of glass blowing as it takes so much dedication and practice to become a productive gaffer (glass blowing artist).
Last year when driving through Tacoma, WA I saw they had a new “Museum of Glass,” and thought to myself, “I need to check that out.” I just got my first chance the other day and was thoroughly impressed. I’ve seen a lot of glass art through my travels, but this museum has pieces in which I have no idea how they were created. In addition to the impressive collection, they also claim to have the world’s largest “hot shop (glass studio),” where visitors can watch masters at work. It’s a wonderful opportunity and experience. I was also excited by the breathtaking architecture and outdoor displays…it’s really an amazing overall experience.
If you’re in the Pacific Northwest and enjoy unique glass art, be sure to visit the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, Washington. Click the following link to see some more pictures from the Museum of Glass. If you’ve been to the museum before, please post a link below and tell my readers and me what you enjoy most.