Tacoma's Impressive Museum of Glass, pt 1

Community Highlights North America Tacoma's Impressive Museum of Glass, pt 1

The Museum of Glass opened in Tacoma in 2002 with the steel frame of the hot shop cone becoming iconic; the 75,000 square foot museum is an easy 45 minute train ride south from Seattle (or 30 minute drive)

The Museum of Glass opened in Tacoma in 2002 with the steel frame of the hot shop cone becoming iconic; the 75,000 square foot museum is an easy 45 minute train ride south from Seattle (or 30 minute drive)

Coronado, Lino Tagliapietra, 2008; Tacoma lies 32 miles SW of Seattle and 31 miles NE of the state capital, Olympia; Tacoma lies at the southern edge of Puget Sound and is the commercial hub for the South Sound region which has roughly 1 million people

Coronado, Lino Tagliapietra, 2008; Tacoma lies 32 miles SW of Seattle and 31 miles NE of the state capital, Olympia; Tacoma lies at the southern edge of Puget Sound and is the commercial hub for the South Sound region which has roughly 1 million people

Vessel, Meredith Wenzel, 1980; Point Defiance Park, one of the largest urban parks in the country (700 acres), is in Tacoma; scenic Five-Mile Drive allows access to many of its attractions, such as Owen Beach and the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium

Vessel, Meredith Wenzel, 1980; Point Defiance Park, one of the largest urban parks in the country (700 acres), is in Tacoma; scenic Five-Mile Drive allows access to many of its attractions, such as Owen Beach and the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium

Shadowmaker, John Kiley, 2023; America's Car Museum opened in Tacoma in June 2012 and displays 300 vehicles in various exhibits on vintage to modern automobiles; Tacoma is also home to the first modern legal American marijuana farmers' market

Shadowmaker, John Kiley, 2023; America's Car Museum opened in Tacoma in June 2012 and displays 300 vehicles in various exhibits on vintage to modern automobiles; Tacoma is also home to the first modern legal American marijuana farmers' market

Vase, Frederick Carder (for Steuben Glass Works), c. 1922; the co-founder of Baskin-Robbins, Irvine Robbins, got his start in Tacoma in 1927; he sold ice cream and cottage cheese produced from his father’s cows’ surplus milk

Vase, Frederick Carder (for Steuben Glass Works), c. 1922; the co-founder of Baskin-Robbins, Irvine Robbins, got his start in Tacoma in 1927; he sold ice cream and cottage cheese produced from his father’s cows’ surplus milk

Bowl, Frantisek Vizner, 1998; Frank C. Mars founded Mars, Incorporated, in 1911 in Tacoma; now headquartered in McLean, VA and the fourth largest privately held company in the US, Mars is known for brands such as Milky Way, Snickers, and M M's

Bowl, Frantisek Vizner, 1998; Frank C. Mars founded Mars, Incorporated, in 1911 in Tacoma; now headquartered in McLean, VA and the fourth largest privately held company in the US, Mars is known for brands such as Milky Way, Snickers, and M+M's

Well Rooted and Firmly Grounded, Lisabeth Sterling, 2012 (made at the museum); according to TripAdvisor, the top things to do in Tacoma are Pt Defiance Park, Museum of Glass, America's Car Museum, Pt Defiance Zoo and Aquarium, Bridge of Glass and Tacoma Art Museum

Well Rooted and Firmly Grounded, Lisabeth Sterling, 2012 (made at the museum); according to TripAdvisor, the top things to do in Tacoma are Pt Defiance Park, Museum of Glass, America's Car Museum, Pt Defiance Zoo and Aquarium, Bridge of Glass and Tacoma Art Museum

Portrait (after a painting by Vincent van Gogh), Veruska Vagen, c. 2000; this work is made with glass beads and is probably easier to make than I would expect thanks to computer aided design and modern technology

Portrait (after a painting by Vincent van Gogh), Veruska Vagen, c. 2000; this work is made with glass beads and is probably easier to make than I would expect thanks to computer aided design and modern technology

Genetic Questions, Shane Fero, 2012; if Mt Rainier were to erupt as powerfully as Mt St. Helens, the effect would be catastrophic because of the massive amounts of glacial ice, the vastly more populated areas around Rainier, and Rainier being twice the size

Genetic Questions, Shane Fero, 2012; if Mt Rainier were to erupt as powerfully as Mt St. Helens, the effect would be catastrophic because of the massive amounts of glacial ice, the vastly more populated areas around Rainier, and Rainier being twice the size

Persian Sea Forms, Dale Chihuly, 1988; in 1935, George Weyerhaeuser, the 9 year-old son of lumber executive J.P. Weyerhaeuser, was kidnapped while walking home from school; a ransom of $200,000 secured his release with four people later convicted

Persian Sea Forms, Dale Chihuly, 1988; in 1935, George Weyerhaeuser, the 9 year-old son of lumber executive J.P. Weyerhaeuser, was kidnapped while walking home from school; a ransom of $200,000 secured his release with four people later convicted

Growing Chaos Again, Toots Zynsky, 1997; famous people from Tacoma include Bing Crosby, Gary Larson, Dale Chihuly, Isaiah Thomas, Dyan Cannon, Blair Underwood and Ted Bundy

Growing Chaos Again, Toots Zynsky, 1997; famous people from Tacoma include Bing Crosby, Gary Larson, Dale Chihuly, Isaiah Thomas, Dyan Cannon, Blair Underwood and Ted Bundy

Turquoise with Pink Dahlia Mix from Tacoma series, Kari Russell-Pool, 2011 (made at the museum); this unique piece combines the delicate art of flameworking (the flowers) with traditional glassblowing (the vase)

Turquoise with Pink Dahlia Mix from Tacoma series, Kari Russell-Pool, 2011 (made at the museum); this unique piece combines the delicate art of flameworking (the flowers) with traditional glassblowing (the vase)

Lilac Bouquet Orb with Honeybees, Paul J. Stankard, 2005; upon reaching what would become CA in 1579, Drake claimed the entire NW coast of North America for England; this claim was not further explored until 1778  when Cook sailed the coast of modern-day WA

Lilac Bouquet Orb with Honeybees, Paul J. Stankard, 2005; upon reaching what would become CA in 1579, Drake claimed the entire NW coast of North America for England; this claim was not further explored until 1778 when Cook sailed the coast of modern-day WA

The gift shop at the museum had a great selection of pieces actually made at the museum's hot shop; it was fascinating to sit in the hot shop audience and observe how glass pieces are made and the complexity involved

The gift shop at the museum had a great selection of pieces actually made at the museum's hot shop; it was fascinating to sit in the hot shop audience and observe how glass pieces are made and the complexity involved

These vessels are by Preston Singletary, a member of the Tlingit Indian nation, who is known for his layering and etching techniques that create works representative of Native American traditions; the work in the lower right can be yours for $3500

These vessels are by Preston Singletary, a member of the Tlingit Indian nation, who is known for his layering and etching techniques that create works representative of Native American traditions; the work in the lower right can be yours for $3500

This featured blog entry was written by VagabondCowboy from the blog The frugal travels of a vagabond.
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