Blanket Cylinder Series

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Exhibition Label
Chihuly taught at the American Indian School in Santa Fe and was inspired by the graphic motifs he found on Indian trade blankets there. He and his team interpreted these patterns using glass threads, then picked them up with the molten gather of glass on the blowpipe. This series is primarily concerned with the suspension of patterns on the surface of the glass rather than with the vessel's form.
Connections: Contemporary Craft at the Renwick Gallery, 2019
Luce Center Label
While teaching at the American Indian School in Santa Fe, Dale Chihuly hit upon the idea of using motifs from Indian trade blankets. He made drawings from glass threads, then picked them up with the molten gather of glass at the end of his blowpipe. In this series, Chihuly is primarily concerned with the surface of the glass, suspending patterns of colored threads within simple forms.
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Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department
Renwick Gallery
On View
Renwick Gallery, 2nd Floor, Room 203
Renwick Gallery, 2nd Floor
1984
Object number
2002.8.1
Credit Line
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Eleanor T. and Samuel J. Rosenfeld
Artist
Dale Chihuly, born Tacoma, WA 1941
Medium
glass
Dimensions
13 1/2 x 9 1/2 in. (34.3 x 24.1 cm)
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Restrictions & Rights
© 1984, Dale Chihuly
Type
Decorative Arts-Glass
Crafts