Washington State–native Dale Chihuly (1941– ) has been a dominant force in contemporary studio glass as both an artist and an educator. Chihuly first encountered glass as an undergraduate at the University of Washington, Seattle (BA, 1965), where he studied interior design. He pursued graduate work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, studying glass under Harvey Littleton, and at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), where he received an MFA in ceramics in 1968. A Fulbright scholarship took Chihuly to Venice, Italy, where he worked at the Venini glass factory on Murano. Upon his return to the United States, Chihuly founded the glass program at RISD, where he taught from 1969 to 1980. In 1971, he cofounded Pilchuck Glass School in Washington State. Chihuly is known worldwide for his glass objects as well as for his highly visible, large-scale installations and outdoor projects.
Paul Hollister narrates a 1983 Chihuly Macchia demonstration at NYEGW.02:37 Transcript