Through a glass, brilliantly
Welcome to the Tacoma Museum of Art where we were treated to a private dinner last weekend. The museum has a stellar collection of pieces by hometown-boy Dale Chihuly.
The previous post ended with his Macchia series piece in the Hotel Murano collection. These Chihuly Macchia pieces are in the TMA collection.
I find this broken brilliant coloration very beautiful. Macchia refers to ‘spots, blots and flecks’ in Italian.
Chihuly’s designs feature wild colorations on the outside with a contrasting inside and another brilliant color on the lip.
These two layers of color are separated by a white, cloud-like layer of glass that keeps the colors individual and vibrant. Aren’t these lovely?
A few years ago I was privileged to have a private tour of Dale Chihuly’s Boat House Studio in Seattle. Among the wonders of that incredible space, my friend and I saw part of his collection of Native American baskets which was the inspiration for his Basket series of the 1980’s.
The aging and collapse of these baskets of the Northwest caught the glassmaker’s imagination. This photograph shows the basket form at its’ most original. Something that appeals to us all – take one medium and transform it into another one!
The colors and motifs lend a great sense of energy to these forms.
A fairly small vessel shows the dynamic use of color and line on a simple shape.
For me this was probably the most sublime Chihuly piece I’ve ever seen with its lyrical shape and intensely delicate, subtle color. These are a far cry from the large installation pieces seen around the world. Just the man and the glass…