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.”
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