Chihuly Seaform

We’re back in Tacoma again. I found some nice eye candy there and recent rains have had me burrowed in at home.

This is part of the “Seaform Pavillion” by Dale Chihuly on the Bridge of Glass in Tacoma. It is part of an amazing glass ceiling filled with pieces that would turn a typical ocean reef on its head.

Chihuly Venetian wall

On the same bridge is Chihuly’s Venetian Wall, a display of dozens of vases. Aren’t all the colors and forms amazing?

Chihuly putti

The website for the Tacoma Museum of Glass advertised an interesting exhibit of Dale Chihuly’s Venetians, developed from inspirations on a trip to Venice. I wanted to see the Chihuly “putti,” little cherubs or mythical creatures that adorned some of the work. I wasn’t disappointed, though they generally proved hard to photograph as they adorned vases.

Chihuly putti vase

This simple piece showcased the putti better than some. Others had the sweet little cherubs lounging amongst flowers or perched in streamers of glass.

Chihuly cascading ribbon

The more Chihuly I see the more I love this work. Photography doesn’t typically do it justice. I decided to move in close to focus on some of the details of this fantastical workmanship. Remember that this medium has to be heated to an almost molten state to be worked into the shapes it presents.

Chihuly squiggles

In addition to the shapes, the colors can also be amazing. This exhibit will be at the museum until January 4, 2016.

Hot shop exterior

The Hot Shop at Tacoma’s Museum of Glass is unique outside and in. It is a striking feature on the exterior of the museum, unique from any angle.

MOG Hot Shop tower

Inside the stack gives volume to the room – and, no doubt, channels the heat generated by the artists as they work glass.

MOG Hot Shop auditorium

The auditorium inside is comfortable and affords various vantage points for photographers and other curious onlookers.

MOG Flames - Copy

The Hot Shop in Tacoma’s Museum of Glass is an opportunity for visitors to see art glass in the making. Molten glass is blown, shaped, fired, and refired as artisans create.

MOG At Work - Copy

There was a crew of four that worked on various pieces of the creation we saw. They shaped pieces, moved it back and forth to the firing oven, seared it with torches, and fused pieces together. A moderator answered questions from the audience and explained the process.

MOG Chalk image - Copy

The Halloween themed piece being created was chalked onto the floor of the work area.

MOG Final - Copy

This is the best shot I could get of the nearly completed piece. Once finished it was quickly wisked away to an oven where it was slowly cooled for a couple of days.

Tacoma stairway

I had a birthday last weekend and to celebrate I like to travel if I can. This year I didn’t want to go far. DH and I headed to Tacoma for a couple of days.

View from History Museum

Tacoma’s revitalized old downtown is very walkable. Museums, restaurants, theaters, and the University of Washington are all in a compact area.

Museum of Glass

I wanted to get back to the Museum of Glass.The last time I was there I didn’t explore their hot shop — the exhibition space where glass artists show how it’s done — and there are new temporary exhibits.

History Museum

I also wanted to explore the Washington State History Museum.

It was great fun. I’ll share some of my trip in the coming days.

PT hotel

This hotel, the Ann Starrett Mansion, one of those gorgeous Victorian era dwellings, is for sale. It’s in Port Townsend and the asking price is $750,000.

I noticed it a couple of weeks ago and it reignited a completely impractical fantasy I’ve had since I stayed in my first bed and breakfast many years ago. “Wouldn’t it be cool to have a B&B?” I wonder. Cute, cozy rooms. Interesting guests to guide to interesting places. Oh, to be back in the Hospitality Industry!

Then I remember: I hate mornings. I’m retired and I’m very happy for that. And then there’s the little matter of $750,000. Saved again from my fantasies.