Posted 4 years ago
For a brief period in the mid-1980s, I worked for Dale Chihuly. It must have been 1983 or 84. At the time, Dale, like a few other artists, would rent the furnaces and facilities at the Pilchuck Glass School about an hour north of Seattle. The school ran during the summer, so the artists would take over in the fall before it got too cold.
I had been working in the kitchen and got to know Dale and a few of the other artists in the Pilchuck orbit (including Billy Morris, Rich Royal, and Benjamin Moore). I knew my way around the pad (where the glass blowing actually happens) but I was mostly hired to do grunt work and cook for the crew, which I was happy to do.
Anyhow, this is one of two shot glasses done in his Macchia style that Dale gave me. The second one vibrated off a shelf during an earthquake in Los Angeles, shattering as it hit the floor. As the artists at Pilchuck always used to say, glass breaks.