Chihuly, Dale
(American, Born 1941)


Dale Chihuly, born in 1941 in Tacoma, Washington, is probably the most admired and famous glass-blower in the country, if not on the planet. His father was a butcher and Union organizer tin Tacoma. He began his first experiments with fused glass in 1962 in Seattle and then travelled to Europe and Near East where he lived on Kibbutz Lahav in the Negev Desert. Dale graduated from the University of Washington, BA, Interior Design and was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study weaving in Finland. After being there a while he quit his design job and headed for Alaska to work as a fisherman.

In 1966 Dale went back to college at the University of Wisconsin where he studied under Harvey Littleton. The following year Dale met Italo Scanga at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Providence, and began making large-scale glass installations. There he made his first use of neon inside blown forms. In 1968 he received the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant and a Fulbright to work at Venini on Murano. He established the RISD Glass Department in 1969 and wih his four year collaboration with Jamie Carpenter made his first ice-and-neon project. In 1971 he started the Pilchuck Glass School with Anne Gould Hauberg and John Hauberg.Dale has travelled all over the world installing and exhibiting his glass in every country. He has received Honorary Doctorate Degrees from numerous Universities.


Sculpture & Glass