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  Green Seaform with Red Lip Wraps   
Category: Chihuly Other
Artist: Dale Chihuly
Our Price: $ 11,500.00
Description:  Dale Chihuly was born in Tacoma, Washington in 1941. He received his M.S. in sculpture in 1967 from the University of Wisconsin, where he studied glassblowing with Harvey Littleton. In 1969 he established the Glass Department at the Rhode Island School of Design, where he taught until 1983.

In 1983 Chihuly returned to his native Pacific Northwest, where he continued to develop his own work at the Pilchuck Glass School, which he had helped to found in 1971. Throughout the 1970s, influenced by the great glassblowing tradition of Murano, Chihuly experimented with the team approach to glassblowing. Working with a team of master glassblowers and assistants has enabled him to produce works in glass of a scale and quantity unimaginable working alone or with only one assistant.

After a car accident in 1976 in which he lost the sight in his left eye, Chihuly relinquished the gaffer (chief glassblower) position, turning it over to William Morris. Using Morris' substantial talent and physical strength, Chihuly developed the large-scale, multi-colored forms of the Macchia series (Italian for "spotted.")

In the early 1980s, Chihuly and Morris worked extensively on the Seaform series, undulating shell-like forms within forms, and began the Soft Cylinder series, combining elements of the earlier Basket and Cylinder series. In 1986, Chihuly developed the new Persian series with former R.I.S.D. student Martin Blank as gaffer. In 1988, he began the highly ornate Venetian series with master Italian glassblower Lino Tagliapietra as gaffer.

In the 1990s, while continuing to work intermittently on his previous series, Chihuly has turned his creative energies increasingly toward large-scale architectural installations for homes and public spaces. Particularly dramatic are his glass Chandeliers, which gained international acclaim in 1996 when his two-year project "Chihuly Over Venice" culminated with the hanging of fourteen Chandeliers at various sites in Venice. Recently a hybrid of the Chandelier series has appeared in the form of wall Sconces.

Dale Chihuly is now widely recognized as the world's premier glass artist. He has been the subject of many books, critical essays and PBS specials. His works can be found in over 150 major museums, including the Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Louvre, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Whitney Museum.
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