Every year, Chihuly Workshop collaborates with Dale Chihuly to create four Studio Editions. Each piece is drawn from one of the distinctive series of works he’s created throughout his career.
Vibrant and dynamic, the Studio Editions are offered through museums, galleries, and other organizations across the country and abroad as well as at the Workshop. All Editions are handblown, signed by the artist, and accompanied by a Plexiglas vitrine and black base for display.
Studio Editions vary in size, color, and shape. Small blemishes or imperfections in the glass are part of the glassblowing process and add to the individual characteristics of each piece.
Hotshop: A glassworking studio containing a furnace, glory hole, and glassblowing team.
Gaffer: The traditional head of glass blowing team; finisher of work; most skilled member of the team.
Blowpipe: A hollow iron or steel tube, usually about five feet long, used for blowing glass. They have a mouthpiece at one end and a metal ring at the other used to gather glass.
Annealing: The process of slowly cooling a completed glass object in a separate furnace over a period of time so that it does not reach room temperature too quickly.