One of the most significant examples is Chihuly Garden and Glass (*305 Harrison St), an ode to locally born and world-renowned glass maestro Dale Chihuly. It’s the most comprehensive collection of his work to date and features eight interior galleries, stunning outdoor displays, and a glasshouse that shelters a 100-foot-long burst of amber and sunflower-gold plates. From here, head to Pioneer Square to find an exhibition of whimsical glass works by Pilchuck Glass School (240 Second Ave S, Ste 100). The institution was co-founded by Chihuly in 1971.
Beyond this preeminent artist, others have left their mark. Standout galleries around town include Vetri (1404 First Ave), Traver Gallery (110 Union St, Ste 200), and Canlis Glass (3131 Western Ave, Ste 329). In West Seattle, Avalon Glassworks (2914 SW Avalon Way) invites visitors to watch artisans at work with free demos, Thursday through Monday. And in nearby Tacoma, the Museum of Glass (*1801 Dock St, Tacoma) features a working hot shop that’s open to the public.
In Fremont, at Edge of Glass Gallery (513 N 36th St), try your hand at the craft with a workshop. Seattle Glassblowing Studio (*2227 Fifth Ave) also offers workshops where you can make a bowl, ornament, or paperweight, while Blowing Sands Glass (*5805 14th Ave NW) helps beginners step up to the furnace with a glass-blowing lesson.
Want to pick up a souvenir without lifting a finger? Stop by a glassybaby store (multiple locations) to purchase hand-blown candle votives in an endless array of colors.
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