Glittering Glass and Molded Masterpieces at the Museum of Glass
July 3, 2014
Still haven’t been to the Museum of Glass in Tacoma? There’s no better time to visit! The stunning facility perched along Tacoma’s revitalized waterfront features an incredible array of permanent and temporary exhibits that are sure to amaze and inspire.
But don’t just think of this as a passive viewing experience. Step into the Hot Shop and watch incredible glass artwork being created right before your eyes! Nearly every week there is a new glass artist featured in the Hot Shop, so there’s always something to see. And there’s always a MC on the floor so you’ll know exactly what is going on!
On sunny days make sure to take a walk down the Chihuly Bridge of Glass. The bridge, designed by renowned architect Arthur Andersson, features three distinct collections from legendary glass artist Dale Chihuly. Closest to the museum is the Venitian Wall. The 80-foot installation features 109 sculptures from Chihuly’s Venitians, Ikebaba and Putti collections. Further down the bridge are the Crystal Towers, featuring 63 huge polyurethane crystals in each tower. Finally, walk beneath the Seaform Pavilion, an enormous ceiling which is comprised of 2,364 unique sculptures from Chihuly’s Seaform and Persian series.
Have kids in tow? Have them enter the MOG Kids Design Glass Program! All they have to do is sketch a design they’d like to have made into a glass sculpture! The Hot Shop team selects one design each month, and if selected you and your child will be invited back to the museum to direct the creation of the sculpture. The Hot Shop team will then create two sculptures, one to display and one for your child to bring home! How cool is that?!
Visitor tip: Bring a camera! The Hot Shop offers fantastic opportunities for photos!