The Chihuly Boathouse
Opened Its Doors to the Seattle Glass Community for a Heart-touching Fundraiser
The Boathouse is where all those marvelous Chihuly pieces are created. The building, located at the north end of Lake Union in Seattle, once was a place were racing skulls were fabricated. It is now a “multiuse” facility – to say the least. There is a hot shop, compact and efficient, and much smaller than I expected given the prodigious (impressive, exceptional, vast) Chihuly production.
Bordering it are walls of jarred frit, glass rods and Chihuly work “samples” in color palette arrangements. A plethora of Dale’s swirls and shapes are encased in hallway ceilings, one leading to a meeting/dining room overlooking the lake. There sits a table King Arthur would covet crowned with six or seven Chihuly chandeliers.
The Boathouse also contains some of Dale’s eclectic collections — a conference room shelved with incomparable Native American baskets and trade blankets, plus a wall of photographs by Edward S. Curtis; collection of kids books; an aquarium with fish lazily making their way among priceless Chihuly glass creations; the pool room, as in swimming pool, with a glass bottom covering more Chihuly works and, down the hall, “changing room” pegs festooned with old fashioned bathing suits. And, finally, there is a small private residence.
This breathtaking, pleasurable, museum-yet-highly-functioning facility defies description, but I tried. Dale Chihuly doesn’t do anything halfway. Everything he does has his mark of grandeur and elegance.
The occasion of Gaye’s and my being there was a heart touching fundraiser for the four-year-old son of a cherished Seattle glass artist. Probably 250 members of the Seattle glass community – artists, production teams, collectors and gallery owners – turned out to provide financial support to this lovely family. There was a grand silent auction, hors d’oeuvres and wine. But the soulful essence of the evening was palpable outpouring of love and moral support from an obviously tight knit, caring group.VISIT DALE CHIHULY'S WEBSITE!