On our trip to Seattle, Capt. N & I both picked a couple places to visit. One of the places I chose was the Museum of Glass in Tacoma. It did not disappoint.
The museum isn't huge, which was a bonus for two reasons. We didn't have more than a couple hours available to spend there & we easily saw the entire museum. Also, the small size made it reasonably priced to visit. Oh, and one more bonus. Since there wasn't a kazillion pieces for me to oogle over, Capt. N didn't get bored. He actually loved this museum, mostly due to the Hot Shop & one colorful exhibit.
|Foreground: Fluent Steps artwork at MOG|
The Museum of Glass is located right along the Thea Foss Waterway in Commencement Bay, which explains the boats in the background.
|MOG"s Fluent Steps, 21st Street Bridge & Tacoma Dome|
|Before we entered the MOG, I thought the metal cone was just decoration to go along with the futuristic feel of the surroundings. Silly me.|
|The cone actually houses the Hot Shop studio where a team of artists create glass pieces. Awesome! And, we got to watch.|
|Looking up the cone.|
|Hot Shop artist doin' what he does.|
|There was a guy talking through the process as the artists were putting it together. I didn't totally understand everything, but it was fun to watch. Capt. N enjoyed watching, too.|
|Outside the Hot Shop, in what I would call the lobby.|
It seems as though the MOG primarily has temporary exhibitions featuring various artists. Each artist had there own section and was quite different from his/her neighbor.
|Black & Clear|
|Skinny strands of glass|
|Irish Cylinders by Dale Chihuly and Seaver Leslie with glass drawings by Flora C. Mace|
|The cylinders are some of Chihuly's earliest pieces.|
|From the CAUTION! Fragile. Irish Glass: Tradition in Transitio exhibit|
|Also from the CAUTION! Fragile. Irish Glass: Tradition in Transitio exhibit|
|Neon Green One Eyed Cyclops Pickle,|
part of the Kids Design Glass Collection.
A kid draws a picture of what they would like their glass piece to look like, then the Hot Shop team creates it. How fun!
|Looking out the window toward Chihuly's Bridge of Glass.|
|Look! See? using Transient Light Graffiti by Jen Elek & Jeremy Bert|
|The letters looked cool just hanging randomly on the wall.|
|Then, we moved them around to spell words & phrases. We were at the museum at an off time, so we had little competition for the letters we needed.|
I loved it, too. I especially liked seeing the variety of ways artists choose to use glass as their medium.