A couple weeks ago, the family took a little road trip up to Tacoma, Wash. Our original intentional was to spend the weekend in Gig Harbor, go sightseeing in Puget Sound and have a lovely time. Unfortunately, the weather stunk so we only spent one night and went home after spending little time sightseeing. But alas, we did go to the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, and it was wonderful!
Tacoma is the hometown of Dale Chihuly, the famed glass artist. I don’t feel quite educated enough on the matter to describe Chihuly’s involvement with the museum, but suffice it to say, if Chihuly weren’t Tacoma’s hometown boy, there probably wouldn’t be a Museum of Glass.
Glass sculpture on the Chihuly Bridge of Glass - photo by alyse vordermark
Anyhow, the museum is linked to downtown Tacoma by the 500-foot pedestrian Chihuly Bridge of Glass. The glass art on the bridge is spectacular way to be welcomed, and even though it was a cloudy day when we visited, the glass illuminating.
Fluent Steps by Martin Blank - photo by alyse vordermark
These hand-sculpted pieces of clear glass sit in a reflecting pool outside the entrance to the museum. The glass appears to water suspending in air. Beautiful!
Inside most areas of the museum, for obvious reasons, photography is not allowed. However, we were able to take a few photos inside The Hot Shop. The Hot Shop is a working glass studio/amphitheater where visiting artists work their magic in front of an audience.
The Hot Shop cone - photo by alyse vordermark
The Hot Shop is housed inside a 90-foot cone.
The Hot Shop
The visiting artists work with a team of five glass blowers, the Hot Shop Team, who are museum regulars. The day we were there, the visiting artist (the bearded man in the back) and the team were working on a glass pick-up truck. It was very fascinating watching the “blobs” of glass formed into a truck – even my 3-year-old daughter sat mesmerized.
So even though our Puget Sound weekend might be considered a bust, I’m so glad we got a chance to go to the Museum of Glass. It would have been a highlight, no matter how the trip turned out!