Born in 1941 in Tacoma, Washington, Dale Chihuly was introduced to glass while studying interior design at the University of Washington. After graduating in 1965, Chihuly enrolled in the first glass program in the country, at the University of Wisconsin. He continued his studies at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), where he later established the glass program and taught for more than a decade.
In 1968, after receiving a Fulbright Fellowship, he went to work at the Venini glass factory in Venice. There he observed the team approach to blowing glass, which is critical to the way he works today. In 1971, Chihuly cofounded Pilchuck Glass School in Washington State. With this international glass center, Chihuly has led the avant-garde in the development of glass as a fine art.
His work is included in more than 200 museum collections worldwide. He has been the recipient of many awards, including eleven honorary doctorates and two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Chihuly has created more than a dozen well-known series of works, among them, Cylinders and Baskets in the 1970s; Seaforms, Macchia, Venetians, and Persians in the 1980s; Niijima Floats and Chandeliers in the 1990s; and Fiori in the 2000s. He is also celebrated for large architectural installations. In 1986, he was honored with a solo exhibition, Dale Chihuly objets de verre, at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Palais du Louvre, in Paris. In 1995, he began Chihuly Over Venice, for which he created sculptures at glass factories in Finland, Ireland, and Mexico, then installed them over the canals and piazzas of Venice.
In 1999, Chihuly started an ambitious exhibition, Chihuly in the Light of Jerusalem; more than 1 million visitors attended the Tower of David Museum to view his installations. In 2001, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London presented the exhibition Chihuly at the V&A. Chihuly’s lifelong fascination for glasshouses has grown into a series of exhibitions within botanical settings. His Garden Cycle began in 2001 at the Garfield Park Conservatory in Chicago. Chihuly exhibited at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, near London, in 2005. Other major exhibition venues include the de Young Museum in San Francisco, in 2008, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, in 2011. Current exhibitions include the long-term Chihuly Garden and Glass at Seattle Center and Chihuly at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts which runs through February 10, 2013.
For a comprehensive overview of Chihuly’s life and to see selections from his work, visit www.chihuly.com.
About the Workshop
The Workshop was established to celebrate the innovation, imagination, and the bold creative spirit of the artist Dale Chihuly. Opened in 1992 as Portland Press, a small publishing company dedicated to the production of books about glassmaking, we slowly evolved into a place that not only published work about Chihuly’s art, but also became a staging ground for him as an artist and designer with the creation of his Studio Editions and Prints. Over the years we have extended the scope of the Workshop, collaborating with Chihuly on a range of projects from books, films, and stationery to limited edition blankets with Pendleton Woolen Mills.
It’s the Workshop’s mission to foster an environment where we are continuously engaged in projects that move beyond the expected and into areas where exploration and experimentation are the standard.
Organized across medium—graphite, charcoal, and acrylic—Chihuly on Paper is the single most comprehensive book covering what the artist considers to be the most direct representation of the energy behind his artistic process.
Eleven years ago, Chihuly collaborated with Pendleton Woolen Mills to produce the first in a series of limited edition blankets. Chihuly Workshop is pleased to announce Pendleton Blanket No. 6 is now available.
Our new lithograph, Island Dawn, beautifully exemplifies how a drawing by Dale Chihuly becomes a print though the collaborative process of printmaking. This limited edition print was inspired by the artist's vibrant Float series.
Beginning this month, Chihuly Outsidewill begin airing on PBS. Covering nearly half a century of Dale Chihuly’s work as an artist, Chihuly Outside is one of the most comprehensive documentaries on Chihuly’s career as an installation artist. Check your local PBS station for showtimes.
Chihuly Garden and Glassprovides a look at the inspiration and influences that inform the career of artist Dale Chihuly. Located at Seattle Center, Chihuly Garden and Glass includes an Exhibition Hall, the centerpiece Glasshouse and a lush Garden ... Read more
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Chihuly Workshop publishes Original Limited Edition Prints by Dale Chihuly and Studio Edition Glass and as well as books, films, and merchandise about the artist.
The 2013 Chihuly Workshop catalog and order form will be available online this December.
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