Seattle is Dale Chihuly’s hometown. Funny, after Venice, she was convinced Chihuly was Venetian. That’s because she saw at least two of his enormous public artwork on Murano. Then she arrived in Seattle and found out that there is a Chihuly Museum here. Which means: he’s from Seattle. Oh self, you are such a glib storyteller.
She was headed to the Chihuly Museum today, but at the last minute she decided to drop by a glass studio on Occidental Avenue instead. And she was so glad she did.
All she can say is: walking along Occidental and going in and out of galleries was waaaay more relaxing — and more fun — than walking around Murano last spring. For one thing, there were no tourists. And the gallery people patiently answered all of her questions. They talked informatively about the work of their featured artists: Chris Hawthorn (a discovery of Chihuly’s, the gallery person told her), Robert E. Marx, Richard Kiehl, Ben Butler.
Oh, man. She wanted to buy something, so badly. A collage. A painting. A glass vase. A glass lamp. Or paperweight. A glass anything.
She kept walking.
She snapped a picture of the window display of Glasshouse Studio, 311 Occidental, billed as “Seattle’s oldest glassblowing studio.”
Window Display, Glasshouse Studio, Occidental Ave., Seattle
At the back of Glasshouse, an artist was displaying his glass-blowing technique to some interested on-lookers. Self watched him extract a glowing nub of orange from a furnace and twirl it, letting the colors bloom.
The artist was making a series of those glass pieces that have flowers inside.
The young man allowed self to take his picture. She asked his name so she could publish it here: Michael Cozza.
She never encountered such amiability in Murano, let her tell ya!
Michael Cozza, Glass Blower
Continuing with her peregrinations, self landed in a Discount Clothing Store called The Clothing Company (87 Yesler Way)
There were racks of Joe’s Jeans, Paige, Rich & Skinny, 7 For All Mankind . . . at a third of the department store prices.
Still, she steeled herself . . .
Self, you are in Seattle for AWP! Which means your focus should be on books! Books, books, books!
One thing, though: Seattle is cold.
Next year’s AWP is in Minnesota, which means it will be even colder.