Energized by Chihuly

Every time I visit Seattle, I treat myself to the Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum. It’s a necessary pilgrimage that keeps my own glass work evolving, whether it’s my jewelry designs, glass forms, or stained glass windows. I love it all! I am especially inspired by the Persian Carpet ceiling exhibit of glass at the museum.

Chihuly Gardens and Glass Museum – “Persian Carpet” by Dale Chihuly

I’m guessing these works of glass were leftover glass sculptures that didn’t make it into the exhibit originally, but repurposed and perfectly arranged to create an overhead plethora of colors entitled Persian Carpet. The glass art ceiling has been an inspiring image for my own art work. I look for alternative ways to express my message and repurpose those less than loved designs into beautiful works of art. The less than desirable glass jewelry turned out to be lovely little vases/candle holders. It is a metaphor for life: If something isn’t quite right in your life, you can always change it and, guess what?, it may turn out better than you ever expected. BBonardi

Fresh out of my kiln – my mistakes repurposed into this beautiful vase.