… with some new work for the upcoming season arriving daily.
Our Seattle Glass Tour this March was amazing and inspiring. The five-day tour is an opportunity for an up-close and personal view of artists’ studios and hot shops. This included the Chihuly Boathouse, where we were able to witness two fantastic Macchia pieces being made. At the Glass Museum in Tacoma, Preston Singletary guided us through his exhibition, Raven and the Box of Daylight. The group photo above was taken in the gallery of his ancestors.
Meeting professional artists in person is a very special experience, as these studios are not open to the public. As a collector, making a connection and learning up close and personally about the different processes and techniques enriches the relationship with the art.
Artists enjoy sharing their time and meeting these enthusiastic glass tourists; there are always great questions and perspectives exchanged.
It is what we do as a gallery for our artists, clients, and the gallery… to help foster a better understanding and appreciation for the passion of making and collecting glass art.
This trip also affords Jim a chance to personally select new work for the gallery for our upcoming busy summer season!
At the Tacoma Museum of Art, we met Debora and Benjamin Moore. Debora introduced us to her new installations of large-scale work on display, and we had the opportunity to tour the new Benaroya Wing with the extensive contemporary glass collection.
There are so many creative people involved on the glass blowing teams and in the cold-working shops. On this tour, the artists and studios we visited who we also represent included: Dale Chihuly, Lino Tagliapietra, Rik Allen, Shelly Muzylowski Allen, Martin Blank, Nancy Callan, Jason Christian, Benjamin Cobb, Dan Friday, David Huchthausen, Jasen and Karen Willenbrinnk-Johnsen, John Kiley, Dante Marioni, Benjamin Moore, Debora Moore, William Morris Studio, Kelly O’Dell, Ross Richmond, Kait Rhoads, Richard Royal, Preston Singletary, Raven Skyriver, Veruska Vagen, and David Walters.
These, and 2000 other photos, are taken by one of our travelers, who is also an excellent photographer, Michael Stubblefield. A big THANK YOU! to Michael and all the excited participants who journeyed on that 5-day tour and had the best time learning about glass, meeting the artists, touring around Seattle and dining on excellent food… and believe it or not, it did not rain!