It’s a few weeks off, but Chihuly glass fans might want to mark their calendars: glass icon and Tacoma boy Dale Chihuly is returning for one day on Sept. 23 to the Museum of Glass Hot Shop to work with an all-star glass-blowing team that includes Joey Kirkpatrick, Flora Mace, James Mongrain and Joey DeCamp. They’ll create one of Chihuly’s “Soft Cylinders” series.
“We are so pleased to have Dale back at MOG to help us celebrate our 10th anniversary,” states Museum of Glass Executive Director Susan Warner. “His career has paved the way for so many young artists—in fact, he made a special request to ensure students from the Hilltop Artists program have the opportunity to come and see him and his team working in the Hot Shop. Because of Dale, the Pacific Northwest has become a major glass center.”
One of the masterminds behind the creation of the Museum of Glass, Chihuly was the Hot Shop’s first visiting artist at the museum’s opening weekend in July 2002. His 50-year career includes city-wide installations around the world, collection in over 200 museums, the foundation of Seattle’s Pilchuck Glass School and the Northwest glass art movement, and most recently the opening of a dedicated display center at the Seattle Center. His visit this September honors the museum’s 10th anniversary.
But it’s not just Chihuly that you’ll want to watch in the Hot Shop: His team comprises some of the Northwest’s best glass artists whose work has been featured at the museum and other venues in its own right, particularly collaborative partners Kirkpatrick and Mace.
The Museum will be open extended hours for the event, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and timed tickets for the 50-minute Hot Shop demonstrations will be given. The special event tickets are $17 general, $5 for members, including museum and Hot Shop admission. The demos will also be streamed live on the Museum’s website, museumofglass.org/glassmaking/live-from-the-hot-shop. Chihuly and his team will also be working during the museum’s fundraiser auction the night before.