“I want people to be overwhelmed with light and colour in a way they have never experienced.” — Dale Chihuly
Dale Chihuly is the most famous glass maker in the world. He is known for his glass installations in cities, museums and gardens around the world. He works in the challenging medium of blown glass to create installations and environmental artwork.
He studied at the Rhode Island School of Design, where he later established the glass programme and taught for more than a decade. In 1971, Chihuly co-founded the now internationally famous Pilchuck Glass School in Washington State.
Chihuly has returned to Ireland many times since his first visit in 1964. Waterford Sconce, which is on display in the foyer of the Ulster Museum, has blown elements of glass, which were made during one of these visits. The piece was finished with the assistance of skilled teams at the Waterford Crystal factory, before it closed in 2009. Waterford Sconce is the first publicly displayed work by Chihuly in Ireland.