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the life of zooey who happens to be Bipolar 2

more than half glassed: artist Dale Chihuly

chihuly_IMG_6719“I never met a color I didn’t like,” Dale Chihuly

As a former fiber artist, I find those who work with glass fascinating. Malleable hot glass is shaped using air and fire and a huge amount of skill and patience. A pattern of strain/stress id used on shaping the glass, followed by reheating in an oven or torch create pieces often ending in fire polishing to create a smooth finish. What is created through molding is art and utility object which are finite yet fragile shapes. Often a glass blower will have assistants to aid in working with glass. This is extreme bubble blowing at its finest.

I discovered Dale Chihuly in the early 2000s. Creating since 1975, his work consists of beautiful blown glass displayed on ceilings, in streams and gardens as well as many other places. His organic approach to class installations melds nature with nurtured glass. His hands-on approach was cut short early in his career;

2705629760_92e6a14fd2“In 1976, while Chihuly was in England, he was involved in a head-on car accident during which he flew through the windshield. His face was severely cut by glass and he was blinded in his left eye. After recovering, he continued to blow glass until he dislocated his right shoulder in a 1979 bodysurfing accident. No longer able to hold the glass blowing pipe, he hired others to do the work.

Chihuly explained the change in a 2006 interview, saying “Once I stepped back, I liked the view” and pointed out that it allowed him to see the work from more perspectives and enabled him to anticipate problems faster. Chihuly describes his role as “more choreographer than dancer, more supervisor than participant, more director than actor.” San Diego Union-Tribune reporter Erin Glass wrote that she “wonders at the vision of not just the artist Chihuly”

Chihuly works today with many glass blowers to create large installations and sculptures of his work. He is also recently finished his first drawing and painting exhibit March 1 – June 30 of this year.

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Chihuly is an orchestrator of his glass vision, despite the loss of an eye and an ability to blow glass. Chihuly. A village of glass blowers. He has grown and changed…adapting and making decisions based on who his is and what is available to him and what he can physically do.

When you are thrown a curve ball? Find another way and breathe some life into it.

Yarrrr matey,



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This entry was posted on October 16, 2015 by in Art, life challenges and tagged , , , , , , , , , .
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