American glass artist Dale Chihuly was born in 1941 in Tacoma, Washington. In 1965, he received his B.A from the University of Washington in Seattle, where he majored in interior design. He then continued his studies at the University of Wisconsin, where he studied glass blowing and received an M.S. in sculpture. In 1968, he received an M.F.A in ceramics from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). The same year he traveled to Italy and worked at Venini Fabrica, the renowned glassblowing workshop in Murano, Venice. Returning to the US in 1969, he founded the glassblowing program at RISD, where he taught until 1980. In 1971, Chihuly established the Pilchuck Glass School dedicated to promote glass art education.
Chihuly is best known for his vibrant colored organic glass creations. Grown up in a port city by ocean and forest, Chihuly integrated these natural elements to his sculpture, creating works characterized by their vibrant color and vivid form that plays with light. His glass sculpture conveys a form of energy and vitality. With an experimental spirit, Chihuly initiates an innovative way of glass working, utilizing gravity and centrifugal force to let molten glass find its shape organically, thus adding asymmetry and irregularity as principles to his oeuvre. His works are collected internationally by museums in the US, Canada, Germany, France, United Kingdom, Danmark, Norway, Israel, Belgium, Czech Republic and Slovakia. In 1992, the Taipei Fine Arts Museum held "Dale Chihuly: Glass”, a solo show dedicated to the artist, and in 1994, another solo exhibition of Chihuly, “Chihuly: Glass in Architecture” took place at the Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts.