Dale Chihuly on Display at Tacoma Glass Museum
Tacoma Glass Museum
1801 Dock St.
Tacoma, WA 98402
While in Seattle recently we decided to step outside our normal line-up of “things to do” and head south to see Dale Chihuly on display at the Tacoma Glass Museum. Being a big fan of Dale Chihuly—the famed glass-blower—this was an opportunity to view his art up close and make a short day trip out of the experience.
Turns out much of the museum contains a fair amount of work by another world-renowned artist, Preston Singletary. Singletary has a wide range of pieces on display which reflect his Northwest Native roots as well as pieces created in a more modern European style. Beautiful!
Equally impressive are the pieces based upon artwork produced in the children’s workshop on the premises. Essentially the kids get to draw in the studio and in some cases a glass piece is created based upon the drawing. One lucky child receives the glass art and a second (identical) piece is kept in the Kids Design collection. All the work is done in the “hot shop” which is a huge open forum where the public can see the piece being created. t’s all good fun on a drizzly day in the Northwest.
Want to create your own piece of glass handiwork? There is a glass studio up the street where for $65 you can work side-by-side a professional to create a custom vase or other piece of choice. Again, a very interesting and unique way to spend the day.
Tacoma Glassblowing Studio
114 S. 23rd Street
Tacoma WA 98402
Owned by Mark and Jeannine Sigafoos
Places to stay:
- Duke’s Chowder House – (253) 752-5444
- The Lobster Shop – (253)-617-1907