Chihuly and the Hot Shop

For quite some time I’ve wanted to go to the Morean Arts Center in St. Petersburg to see the work of Dale Chihuly on permanent display at the center, and finally, last month we took a daycation to Pinellas County which included a visit to The Collection.

Pieces included the Basket Wall

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Chandeliers, including the Ruby Red Icicle Chandelier

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the Persian Ceiling

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Blue Neon Tumbleweed and Macchia Forest

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the glass garden curlicues, Milli Fiori

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and the Cullet Wall which plays with the sunlight filtered through the glass rocks.

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Docent led tours are available daily. However, we wandered through the Chihuly museum on our own.

As much as I enjoyed The Collection, the highlight of the day was the glass blowing demonstration at The Hot Shop. The $19.95 combination ticket provided admission to the Morean Galleries, the Center for Clay, the Chihuly Collection as well as the Glass Studio and Hot Shop.

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After touring the Glass Shop, we watched glassmakers create original pieces while explaining the process. The fifty minute demonstration was fascinating as the original glowing ball transformed into a vase.

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According to the Glass Studio and Hot Shop website, The Hot Shop Personal Glass Experience provides a 30-minute one-on-one session so guests can work with a glassblower to create their own glass art to take home.

I don’t think I could create something even with the assistance of a glassblowing professional. It’s hard work, and I’m not excited about handling red hot materials.

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What a great bonus to be able to watch these artists at work!

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