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Photohunt: Hot

Museum of Glass - Tacoma
Glass artist heating glass to over 2000 degrees F at Tacoma Glass Museum

This week's Photohunt theme is hot. I thought first about doing the obvious - weather. We are having a couple of late summer hot days. Eighty degrees! But I thought I would share another Pacific Northwest place that is 'hot' - The Museum of Glass in Tacoma. Their tag line is "Hot glass. Cool art."

I love this museum. It is so creative and imaginative. I usually start by walking across the Chihuly Bridge of Glass. My favorite area is the Seaform Pavilion although the Crystal Towers are also stunning.

The bridge leads to the top of the museum and the volcano shaped stainless steel cone that is the top of the hot shop . Stairs curve around the cone and down to the outdoor glass exhibits. Inside the Hot Shop Amphitheater, glass artists work with the furnaces that burn to 2,400 degrees Fahrenheit. The Glory Holes heat the glass to over 2,000 degree F which makes the glass malleable and allows the artist to blow or shape the pieces. The Amphitheater is open during museum hours to allow visitors to watch the artists.

I don't know what attracts me the most - the danger of working with the hot glass or the beauty of the creations.

Museum of Glass - Tacoma
Shaping the glass

Museum of Glass - Tacoma
Elevator platform at top of the stairs

Museum of Glass - Tacoma
Hot Shop Cone

Museum of Glass - Tacoma
I love the metal work

Museum of Glass - Tacoma
Martin Blank's Fluent Steps

Museum of Glass - Tacoma
Crystal Towers - Chihuly Bridge of Glass

Museum of Glass - Tacoma
Seaforms - Chihuly Bridge of Glass

Comments (17)

So beautiful, Marta! I love Chihuly's work. The Seaforms glass reminds me of the ceiling art in Bellagio Hotel's lobby.


Great pics, Marta -- and definitely re the idea of hot glass making for cool art! :)

I think the tag line matches the museum perfectly. The museum looks like a wonderful place to visit.

Out of that heat comes such gorgeous work!

This is on my lists of spots to check out in the NW when I ever make it there.

I love your take on the theme and these terrific photos. That Hot Shop cone is very cool looking. I'd love to visit this place.

Have a nice holiday weekend.

Kathy (Trekcapri):

Hi Marta, what a coincidence, I did glass blowing (Venice) too. I really love your photo collection and definitely your take on the theme. :)
This museum looks amazing. The glass pieces are really stunning. The last photo with all the bright colors is very beautiful.

Thanks so much for sharing and have a wonderful long holiday weekend.

What beautiful photos and a great take on the theme.

This looks like a wonderful place to visit.


Your photos are wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

Liz @ MLC

That's hot work. Reminds me a bit of watching the glass makers making knickknacks for sale in a department store.

Those are stunning pieces of art! I love the way you've captured the heat from the furnace in the top picture particularly.

Such a lovely series for the theme. I love the glow of the fires in the top photos :-)

I love Chihuly's work. I wanted to take glass blowing in college but my college didn't offer it. However, I am hoping to take a glass bead-making course this fall.


when I was in University, in our main street, there is a Market place, and a man was blowing glass just like your man.

Thanks for memories

Beautiful! I think I'd personally be nervous working with such hot temperatures, but the results are so worth it :)

Beautiful photos and architecture, i'd like a window made of those seaforms.

Barb Cabot:

Outstanding photos Marta!

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