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Creativity shines at free Renwick Gallery in DC

Mother-Load, Timothy Horn, 2008; this carriage is made from crystallized rock sugar!; the Court of Claims occupied the building in the 1950s and needed more space so the building was slated for demolition; it was saved by Jacqueline Kennedy in 1963

Mother-Load, Timothy Horn, 2008; this carriage is made from crystallized rock sugar!; the Court of Claims occupied the building in the 1950s and needed more space so the building was slated for demolition; it was saved by Jacqueline Kennedy in 1963

When the Renwick Gallery was built in 1859 it was known as the American Louvre; now part of the Smithsonian (and free), it focuses on American craft and decorative arts from the 19th to the 21st century

When the Renwick Gallery was built in 1859 it was known as the American Louvre; now part of the Smithsonian (and free), it focuses on American craft and decorative arts from the 19th to the 21st century

Game Fish, Larry Fuente, 1988; one of Renwick Gallery's most beloved treasures, it whimsically captures the artist's love of surface ornamentation; he also spent 5 years covering a 1960 Cadillac in 1  million pieces

Game Fish, Larry Fuente, 1988; one of Renwick Gallery's most beloved treasures, it whimsically captures the artist's love of surface ornamentation; he also spent 5 years covering a 1960 Cadillac in 1+ million pieces

Seafoam and Amber-Tipped Chandelier, Dale Chihuly, 1994; this piece is among the first and finest of Chihuly's chandeliers, containing 3000  individual pieces of glass (the most he's ever used in one piece)

Seafoam and Amber-Tipped Chandelier, Dale Chihuly, 1994; this piece is among the first and finest of Chihuly's chandeliers, containing 3000+ individual pieces of glass (the most he's ever used in one piece)

Ghost Clock, Wendell Castle, 1985; what looks to be a grandfather clock covered by a white sheet is actually one solid piece of carved mahogany; I had to examine it in detail the illusion was so perfect!

Ghost Clock, Wendell Castle, 1985; what looks to be a grandfather clock covered by a white sheet is actually one solid piece of carved mahogany; I had to examine it in detail the illusion was so perfect!

Parkman Coupe, Dan Dailey, 1988; this piece celebrates Dr. Paul Parkman's contribution to the first successful vaccine for German measles; words from a letter by LBJ to the doctor circle the top

Parkman Coupe, Dan Dailey, 1988; this piece celebrates Dr. Paul Parkman's contribution to the first successful vaccine for German measles; words from a letter by LBJ to the doctor circle the top

Bureau of Bureaucracy, Kim Schmahmann, 1999; this piece re-interprets the 16th century European cabinets of curiosities and, instead of exotic items, it holds all the paper we depend on these days

Bureau of Bureaucracy, Kim Schmahmann, 1999; this piece re-interprets the 16th century European cabinets of curiosities and, instead of exotic items, it holds all the paper we depend on these days

Teapot Goblets, Richard Marquis, 1994; the Renwick is relatively small by today's standards but contained unique and interesting pieces; the temporary exhibits of the Smithsonian means there's always something new to see

Teapot Goblets, Richard Marquis, 1994; the Renwick is relatively small by today's standards but contained unique and interesting pieces; the temporary exhibits of the Smithsonian means there's always something new to see

Vase with Handle, Mary Jackson, 2018; this traditional SC basket, made from sweetgrass, bulrush and palmetto, was flawless; the Renwick was the first art museum in Washington DC

Vase with Handle, Mary Jackson, 2018; this traditional SC basket, made from sweetgrass, bulrush and palmetto, was flawless; the Renwick was the first art museum in Washington DC

Cherry, Debora Moore, 2018; a founding member of Dale Chihuly's glassblowing team, Moore had 4 trees exhibited each incredibly made of blown glass; she was the first woman, and the first African-American, to be a resident at Abate Zanetti, Murano, Italy

Cherry, Debora Moore, 2018; a founding member of Dale Chihuly's glassblowing team, Moore had 4 trees exhibited each incredibly made of blown glass; she was the first woman, and the first African-American, to be a resident at Abate Zanetti, Murano, Italy

Mandara, Lino Tagliapietra, 2005; born on the island of Murano, the artist is revered as a master glassblower for his teachings before becoming a studio artist; I'm always in awe of how something so beautiful can be made from glass

Mandara, Lino Tagliapietra, 2005; born on the island of Murano, the artist is revered as a master glassblower for his teachings before becoming a studio artist; I'm always in awe of how something so beautiful can be made from glass

Gorgonia 12, Timothy Horn, 2016; named for a genus of soft corals, the works in this series mirror oceanic forms decorated with designs for earrings and pendants from the 17th and 18th centuries

Gorgonia 12, Timothy Horn, 2016; named for a genus of soft corals, the works in this series mirror oceanic forms decorated with designs for earrings and pendants from the 17th and 18th centuries

Ruby Wet Foot Mongo with Kissing Serpents and Lily Pad, Fritz Dreisbach, 1990; another stunning glass creation; the artist is recognized as one of the pioneers of the American Studio Glass Movement and has won virtually every award in glass art

Ruby Wet Foot Mongo with Kissing Serpents and Lily Pad, Fritz Dreisbach, 1990; another stunning glass creation; the artist is recognized as one of the pioneers of the American Studio Glass Movement and has won virtually every award in glass art

Portal Gates, Albert Paley, 1974; the artist was a highly successful jeweler when he entered the Renwick competition to make doors for its shop; the gates soon became an icon for the museum and made Paley famous

Portal Gates, Albert Paley, 1974; the artist was a highly successful jeweler when he entered the Renwick competition to make doors for its shop; the gates soon became an icon for the museum and made Paley famous

Megaplanet, Josh SImpson, 2005; the artist (whose wife is an astronaut) creates spectacular glass orbs inspired by the night sky; he incorporates silver into his work for iridescence, tiling and undulation of colors

Megaplanet, Josh SImpson, 2005; the artist (whose wife is an astronaut) creates spectacular glass orbs inspired by the night sky; he incorporates silver into his work for iridescence, tiling and undulation of colors

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