One of the main reasons I went to the Museum of Glass in Tacoma last month was to see one of the temporary exhibits, “Translations: An Exploration of Glass by Northwest Native Carvers and Weavers” and it did not disappoint.
This red-lipped glass basket was stunning, both in size (about 20 inches tall) and detail. I can’t even begin to figure out how it was done but the end result is breath-taking.
The exhibit mixed traditional baskets woven out of local materials with baskets made of glass, by a variety of artists. The woven baskets were art in their own right but the glass ones were what I really enjoyed. This one was beautiful in both colors and the mixture of materials: blown glass, wool felt, sinew, and marbles.
And the piece of art that stole my heart (and made me wish I could steal this piece away and hide it in my trailer) was this intricate cloud with delicate golden chains.
I love going to an art museum and being inspired by the creations there, whether it’s Native glass or old Masters. There’s just something about art.
When was the last time you went to an art museum?
Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect.
Chief Seattle (Duwamish)