Dale Chihuly explained the change in a 2006 interview, saying “Once I stepped back, I liked the view…” He pointed out that it allowed him to see the work from more perspectives and enabled him to anticipate problems faster.

Chihuly describes his role as “more choreographer than dancer, more supervisor than participant, more director than actor.”

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In 1976, while Chihuly was in England, he was involved in a head-on car accident during which he flew through the windshield. His face was severely cut by glass and he was blinded in his left eye. After recovering, he continued to blow glass until he dislocated his right shoulder in a 1979 bodysurfing accident. No longer able to hold the glass blowing pipe, he hired others to do the work.

The Seattle Times reported that Chihuly estimated sales by 2004 was $29 million. Read more on Wikipedia

Jet Eliot did a series of Chihuly’s Museum with beautiful photos of his large-scale of work, take a look. Don’t miss her recent post — The Night the Elephants Came to Visit


40 responses

  1. I love Chihuly’s work! Thanks for sharing this Amy. :)

    January 22, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    • Amy

      He is also an entrepreneur… Thanks for reading, LuAnn!

      January 22, 2014 at 9:07 pm

  2. That’s quite a story – how he was able to figure out a way to keep working after his accident. Reminds me of how Chuck Close continued to work after his back injury.

    January 22, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    • Amy

      Determination, I guess… So very amazing!

      January 22, 2014 at 9:04 pm

  3. How very wonderful to get the reference, thank you so much Amy.

    January 22, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    • Amy

      Your series of Chihuly were inspiring! Thanks to you, Jet!

      January 22, 2014 at 9:08 pm

      • Very kind, thank you.

        January 23, 2014 at 12:50 am

  4. I like his comparison to being a choreographer instead of a dancer. Very fitting.

    January 22, 2014 at 8:49 pm

    • Amy

      I was surprised to read about his new role… Thanks for reading, Lisa!

      January 22, 2014 at 9:09 pm

  5. His work is incredible! I didn’t know about his life, so this was an interesting post all the way around.

    January 22, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    • Amy

      For a long while, I thought he hurt his eye while blowing the glass, until I read about him…

      January 23, 2014 at 8:03 pm

  6. Beautiful colors. There was a big show of his at our local conservatory, mixed in with the plants. Nice. Great choice for C. Unexpected, too.

    January 22, 2014 at 10:01 pm

    • Amy

      Thank you, Ruth! He has transformed the blowing glass process…

      January 23, 2014 at 8:05 pm

  7. Very inspirational indeed Amy. Gorgeous colours and you’ve captured them so well hon. Thanks for sharing. :D *hugs*

    January 22, 2014 at 11:07 pm

    • Amy

      Chuhuly really knows how to use colors… Thank you for your nice comment, Sonel!

      January 23, 2014 at 8:06 pm

  8. Lovely captures Amy. Luckily for Chihuly he found others that would blow glass for him :)

    January 23, 2014 at 3:42 am

    • Amy

      Amazing artist who has transformed the blowing glass processes and business…
      Thank you, Paula!

      January 23, 2014 at 8:09 pm

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  10. I’ve seen his work in various museums and other settings. I enjoy that he is inspired by nature.

    January 23, 2014 at 8:38 am

    • Amy

      The colors of his working are always striking! I haven’t seen the one in Seattle.

      January 23, 2014 at 8:11 pm

  11. I love Chihuly’s work, and have seen it in a couple of different museums and gardens. You captured some beauties. :)

    January 23, 2014 at 9:52 am

    • Amy

      Thank you, Robin! I haven’t seen the museum in Seattle…

      January 23, 2014 at 8:13 pm

  12. hi Amy,
    Chihuly estimated sales
    by 2004 was $29 million:
    that’s success!
    I earned with photos $29.

    January 23, 2014 at 10:35 am

    • Amy

      :) Thank you so much for hosting the A-Z challenge, Frizz!

      January 23, 2014 at 8:14 pm

  13. I hadn’t heard of him, Amy. You’re always teaching me something new :)

    January 23, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    • Amy

      Thank You for letting me share the story with you, Jo! Appreciate your encouraging comment :)

      January 23, 2014 at 8:15 pm

  14. That looks absolutely amazing!

    January 23, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    • Amy

      Agree… Thank you for reading it, Phil!

      January 23, 2014 at 8:16 pm

  15. Such a strong creative spirit is determined to express itself, even through others. Thank you for turning me onto him!

    January 23, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    • Amy

      Well said, Bonnet! I appreciate you stopping by.

      January 23, 2014 at 8:21 pm

  16. Fascinating artwork,most vibrant colours,dear Amy .So sad to hear about the horrible accidents he had.Nevertheless,he found his way again in order to give life to his inspirations;that’s great !

    January 23, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    • Amy

      He lost one eye, but he maintains his vision and determination. Amazing!

      So glad I could share the story with you, Doda!

      January 23, 2014 at 8:24 pm

  17. The Phoenix Botanical Garden is hosting a special Chuhuly venue that I hope to check out when I return to Phx in March. Thanks for sharing that background on him. I always wondered about that eye patch. :-)

    January 23, 2014 at 9:11 pm

    • Amy

      I apologize for the delay of replying your comment, I almost miss it…. It good to know that his works are displayed in various cities. Thank you for stopping by, Ingrid!

      January 26, 2014 at 12:28 pm

  18. I have never heard this background story on Chihuly! He is so amazing. I have seen his amazing work at the Bellagio in Las Vegas, and that was the first time I really immersed myself in studying his style and form–and fabulous color! I’m glad to know a little bit more about him. :-)

    January 24, 2014 at 12:12 am

    • Amy

      He has transformed the blowing glass. I need to read more about his blow glass style and how he uses colors. Thank you for reading, Debra!

      January 26, 2014 at 12:33 pm

  19. Really beautiful! I need to catch up with Frizz!

    January 26, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    • Amy

      I like his a-z theme! Thank you :)

      January 26, 2014 at 7:08 pm

      • Me to. I am missing C !

        January 26, 2014 at 10:57 pm

  20. Wonderful post Amy. I’ve long been a lover of Chihuly’s work, but had no idea of the personal physical challenges he’s faced. Talk about overcoming adversity – Wow! ~Terri

    January 28, 2014 at 8:21 am

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