A Travellerspoint blog

September 2021

The rapidly changing skyline in Austin, Texas

Austin had a population of 961,855 in the 2020 census, up from 790,491 at the 2010 census; the  Austin–Round Rock metro area (which doesn't include San Antonio) had an estimated population of 2,295,303 as of 2020, a roughly 84% increase from the year 2000

Austin had a population of 961,855 in the 2020 census, up from 790,491 at the 2010 census; the Austin–Round Rock metro area (which doesn't include San Antonio) had an estimated population of 2,295,303 as of 2020, a roughly 84% increase from the year 2000

It was a gorgeous summer day so I wanted to walk around Lady Bird Lake but my back and left foot were hurting so bad that I decided it might be easier to see the city from a kayak

It was a gorgeous summer day so I wanted to walk around Lady Bird Lake but my back and left foot were hurting so bad that I decided it might be easier to see the city from a kayak

Google has leased this 35 story tower by the same architects who designed the 60 story Salesforce Tower in San Francisco and the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur; Google employs 1000  in Austin

Google has leased this 35 story tower by the same architects who designed the 60 story Salesforce Tower in San Francisco and the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur; Google employs 1000+ in Austin

This construction scene is typical of Austin these days except for the gridlocked traffic which I didn't photograph; Austin is now the second most-populous state capitol city in the nation (trailing only Phoenix)

This construction scene is typical of Austin these days except for the gridlocked traffic which I didn't photograph; Austin is now the second most-populous state capitol city in the nation (trailing only Phoenix)

A new state office building, underground parking and public green space are being built on Congress Avenue across from the Bullock TX Histtory Museum; the tree-lined promenade will provide a beautiful space leading all the way to the Texas Capitol

A new state office building, underground parking and public green space are being built on Congress Avenue across from the Bullock TX Histtory Museum; the tree-lined promenade will provide a beautiful space leading all the way to the Texas Capitol

Northshore is a new 38 story building with 429 luxury apartments starting at just $2400 per month (but on the second floor) and adjacent to the Google building

Northshore is a new 38 story building with 429 luxury apartments starting at just $2400 per month (but on the second floor) and adjacent to the Google building

Austin's skyline historically was modest, dominated by the Texas State Capitol and the University of Texas Main Building but now you can't see either one; the tallest condo towers in the state (58 and 56 stories) are in Austin

Austin's skyline historically was modest, dominated by the Texas State Capitol and the University of Texas Main Building but now you can't see either one; the tallest condo towers in the state (58 and 56 stories) are in Austin

The Long Center for the Performing Arts (2008) is the home of the Austin Symphony, Austin Opera and Ballet Austin; it replaced the Palmer Municipal Auditorium which was the site of a sold-out dinner for President Kennedy on November 22, 1963

The Long Center for the Performing Arts (2008) is the home of the Austin Symphony, Austin Opera and Ballet Austin; it replaced the Palmer Municipal Auditorium which was the site of a sold-out dinner for President Kennedy on November 22, 1963

Kids were jumping off this bridge into Barton Creek; it's just amazing to me how much Austin has changed since I first visited in the 1980's when it was a small, college town to today where it's the 11th largest city in the country

Kids were jumping off this bridge into Barton Creek; it's just amazing to me how much Austin has changed since I first visited in the 1980's when it was a small, college town to today where it's the 11th largest city in the country

Ben Affleck is about to start shooting a new movie in Austin and supposedly he and Jennifer Lopez are renting a place here; they'll join Lance Armstrong, Drew Brees, Sandra Bullock, Matthew McConaughey, Andy Roddick and Dan Rather

Ben Affleck is about to start shooting a new movie in Austin and supposedly he and Jennifer Lopez are renting a place here; they'll join Lance Armstrong, Drew Brees, Sandra Bullock, Matthew McConaughey, Andy Roddick and Dan Rather

UT now has more than 50,000 students and is one of the largest universities in the country; the party scene, even during the day, still seems alive and well in Austin

UT now has more than 50,000 students and is one of the largest universities in the country; the party scene, even during the day, still seems alive and well in Austin

The waters of Lady Bird Lake were pretty disgusting with lots of trash and an algae bloom that prompted signs warning dog owners to not let their pets near the water; despite this, there were tons of turtles

The waters of Lady Bird Lake were pretty disgusting with lots of trash and an algae bloom that prompted signs warning dog owners to not let their pets near the water; despite this, there were tons of turtles

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Columbia SC Museum of Art part 1

The current museum building opened in 1998 taking over the site where Macy's and Belk department stores once stood; the museum was founded in 1908 but expanded quickly with the donation of 78 pieces in 1954 by the Kress Foundation

The current museum building opened in 1998 taking over the site where Macy's and Belk department stores once stood; the museum was founded in 1908 but expanded quickly with the donation of 78 pieces in 1954 by the Kress Foundation

Chandelier, Antonio Salviati, c. 1880; a lawyer by profession, the artist became fanatical about reviving the glory days of 18th century Venetian glassmaking; one of my favorite pieces in the museum!

Chandelier, Antonio Salviati, c. 1880; a lawyer by profession, the artist became fanatical about reviving the glory days of 18th century Venetian glassmaking; one of my favorite pieces in the museum!

Untitled, Dale Chihuly, 2010; this massive chandelier hangs in the atrium welcoming visitors to the museum; admission was $8 with the museum located in the center of downtown Columbia

Untitled, Dale Chihuly, 2010; this massive chandelier hangs in the atrium welcoming visitors to the museum; admission was $8 with the museum located in the center of downtown Columbia

General George Washington, Charles Willson Peale, 1780; the artist served in the Revolutionary War as a captain but would achieve fame for his many portraits of the man who would become the United States' first President

General George Washington, Charles Willson Peale, 1780; the artist served in the Revolutionary War as a captain but would achieve fame for his many portraits of the man who would become the United States' first President

Bureau, Thomas Day, 1855; a free Black man during the times of slavery, Day operated one of the most successful cabinet shops in NC prior to the Civil War

Bureau, Thomas Day, 1855; a free Black man during the times of slavery, Day operated one of the most successful cabinet shops in NC prior to the Civil War

Storyteller, Chinese, Eastern Han Dynasty, 25 AD; the goal of this humorous figure was to represent a storyteller that would entertain the deceased in the afterlife by telling fanciful tales

Storyteller, Chinese, Eastern Han Dynasty, 25 AD; the goal of this humorous figure was to represent a storyteller that would entertain the deceased in the afterlife by telling fanciful tales

Bonjour Teapot from No. 5948 Pattern, Clarice Cliff, 1934; the artist's daring ceramic forms and brightly hand-painted designs brought everyday dishware careening into the Jazz Age

Bonjour Teapot from No. 5948 Pattern, Clarice Cliff, 1934; the artist's daring ceramic forms and brightly hand-painted designs brought everyday dishware careening into the Jazz Age

Cuneiform Clay Tablet, Mesopotamian Period from Assyria, c. 12th to 7th  centuries BC; cuneiform is the earliest known form of writing and was first developed as a way to record business transactions

Cuneiform Clay Tablet, Mesopotamian Period from Assyria, c. 12th to 7th centuries BC; cuneiform is the earliest known form of writing and was first developed as a way to record business transactions

By the Windowsill, Luigi Lucioni, 1932; so realistic is Lucioni's painting that it's easy to assume there is a dog in the window rather than a vase designed to look like a dog

By the Windowsill, Luigi Lucioni, 1932; so realistic is Lucioni's painting that it's easy to assume there is a dog in the window rather than a vase designed to look like a dog

Liberation of Aunt Jemima and Uncle Ben, Renee Cox, 1998; in this prophetic work, Cox paints her alter ego as a superhero who fights racial stereotypes and teaches children about Black history

Liberation of Aunt Jemima and Uncle Ben, Renee Cox, 1998; in this prophetic work, Cox paints her alter ego as a superhero who fights racial stereotypes and teaches children about Black history

Sky Window, Gene Davis, 1981; working as a journalist in the late 1940s, he covered the Roosevelt and Truman presidential administrations, and was often President Truman's partner for poker games

Sky Window, Gene Davis, 1981; working as a journalist in the late 1940s, he covered the Roosevelt and Truman presidential administrations, and was often President Truman's partner for poker games

Book of Hours, Anonymous (from Brugges), c. 1450; a book of hours is a prayer book containing excerpts from the Bible meant to be read at certain hours of the day; before the development of movable type, each book was handwritten and hand-illustrated

Book of Hours, Anonymous (from Brugges), c. 1450; a book of hours is a prayer book containing excerpts from the Bible meant to be read at certain hours of the day; before the development of movable type, each book was handwritten and hand-illustrated

The Undiscovered Country, Mary Evelyn Pickering de Morgan, 1894; the artist was a big proponent of women's suffrage as well as a pacifist; during the first half of her marriage she even supported (well ahead of her time) her husband's pottery business

The Undiscovered Country, Mary Evelyn Pickering de Morgan, 1894; the artist was a big proponent of women's suffrage as well as a pacifist; during the first half of her marriage she even supported (well ahead of her time) her husband's pottery business

Unidentified Portrait, Christopher Murphy Jr, 1937; one of Savannah's most accomplished and beloved artists, Murphy found it inspirational to paint children of all classes and backgrounds

Unidentified Portrait, Christopher Murphy Jr, 1937; one of Savannah's most accomplished and beloved artists, Murphy found it inspirational to paint children of all classes and backgrounds

Soup Tureen and Stand, Chinese (for the French market), 1795; note how the urn's stem outlines the spectral images of Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI!; despite the arrival of Limoges and Sevres, Chinese porcelain remained popular

Soup Tureen and Stand, Chinese (for the French market), 1795; note how the urn's stem outlines the spectral images of Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI!; despite the arrival of Limoges and Sevres, Chinese porcelain remained popular

Still Life with Fruit, Severin Roesen, 1850; trained as a china and enamel painter in his native Germany, Roesen emigrated to the US in 1848 where he was able to support himself through his painting, a rarity at the time

Still Life with Fruit, Severin Roesen, 1850; trained as a china and enamel painter in his native Germany, Roesen emigrated to the US in 1848 where he was able to support himself through his painting, a rarity at the time

Card Table, George Seddon, c. 1790; probably used in a ladies drawing room or parlor, this satinwood table could have been used for games of Whist or for gambling which was popular among all social classes

Card Table, George Seddon, c. 1790; probably used in a ladies drawing room or parlor, this satinwood table could have been used for games of Whist or for gambling which was popular among all social classes

Ewer with Dragon Handle, the Venice and Murano Glass Co., 1890; once the pandemic has abated and it's safe to travel abroad, I'd love to visit Murano (and Burano) again if anyone wants to go

Ewer with Dragon Handle, the Venice and Murano Glass Co., 1890; once the pandemic has abated and it's safe to travel abroad, I'd love to visit Murano (and Burano) again if anyone wants to go

Square Dance, Kyra Markham, 1945; during WW2, Markham devoted her art to anti-Nazi propaganda; here she uses the square dance to symbolize the triumph of American values over tyranny

Square Dance, Kyra Markham, 1945; during WW2, Markham devoted her art to anti-Nazi propaganda; here she uses the square dance to symbolize the triumph of American values over tyranny

The Bronco Rider, Frederic Remington, 1895; this was the artist's first attempt at sculpting after a successful career painting and illustrating; the Rough Riders gave Teddy Roosevelt a casting of this sculpture as a tribute in 1898

The Bronco Rider, Frederic Remington, 1895; this was the artist's first attempt at sculpting after a successful career painting and illustrating; the Rough Riders gave Teddy Roosevelt a casting of this sculpture as a tribute in 1898

Armoire, Louis Majorelle, c. 1900; the natural aspects of this Art Nouveau armoire are plentiful, including tulips, birds and trees in varied wood veneers as well as a surveying cat

Armoire, Louis Majorelle, c. 1900; the natural aspects of this Art Nouveau armoire are plentiful, including tulips, birds and trees in varied wood veneers as well as a surveying cat

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Baltimore's Rawlings Conservatory & Botanic Garden

The Rawlings Conservatory and Botanic Gardens was opened in 1888 and is the second oldest in the US; admission was $5 and, due to Covid, required a timed, advance reservation

The Rawlings Conservatory and Botanic Gardens was opened in 1888 and is the second oldest in the US; admission was $5 and, due to Covid, required a timed, advance reservation

The Conservatory is located in Baltimore's largest park, Druid Hill; the 745 acre park is among the oldest landscaped public parks in the country and also houses the Maryland Zoo

The Conservatory is located in Baltimore's largest park, Druid Hill; the 745 acre park is among the oldest landscaped public parks in the country and also houses the Maryland Zoo

The Conservatory says red velvet ginger is native to Australia yet Wikipedia says Costa Rica so take your pick; I just like the uniqueness and color scheme with the species pollinated by hummingbirds

The Conservatory says red velvet ginger is native to Australia yet Wikipedia says Costa Rica so take your pick; I just like the uniqueness and color scheme with the species pollinated by hummingbirds

What perfect golden, barrel cacti!; the species is endangered in its native Mexico with much of its habitat destroyed when a dam was built in the state of Hidalgo

What perfect golden, barrel cacti!; the species is endangered in its native Mexico with much of its habitat destroyed when a dam was built in the state of Hidalgo

The Palm House was the original Conservatory building and is the second oldest glass and steel building still in use in the US; these houses were the rage in Victorian times as the wealthy acquired plants during their travels

The Palm House was the original Conservatory building and is the second oldest glass and steel building still in use in the US; these houses were the rage in Victorian times as the wealthy acquired plants during their travels

The Toothpick Cactus is native to the deserts and dry forest (Gran Chaco) of Argentina, Bolivia and Paraguay with adults growing to 25  ft; the species is certainly aptly named!

The Toothpick Cactus is native to the deserts and dry forest (Gran Chaco) of Argentina, Bolivia and Paraguay with adults growing to 25+ ft; the species is certainly aptly named!

Native to Mexico, this Queen Victoria Agave in the Desert House has a 12 ft tall flower spike that is pushing the bounds of the ceiling; despite being small, there were lots of interesting species here

Native to Mexico, this Queen Victoria Agave in the Desert House has a 12 ft tall flower spike that is pushing the bounds of the ceiling; despite being small, there were lots of interesting species here

The yellow flowers appear only rarely on the bunny ears cactus; instead of spines the plant has tiny glochids which detach en masse when touched and will cause considerable skin irritation

The yellow flowers appear only rarely on the bunny ears cactus; instead of spines the plant has tiny glochids which detach en masse when touched and will cause considerable skin irritation

There are 30,000  species of orchids and 100,000  registered hybrids; the Conservatory is run by the city and, given its small size, could never be a profitable operation

There are 30,000+ species of orchids and 100,000+ registered hybrids; the Conservatory is run by the city and, given its small size, could never be a profitable operation

The other cacti in the Desert House were dwarfed by this massive yucca; Joshua trees are a variety of yucca and the yucca is also the state flower of New Mexico

The other cacti in the Desert House were dwarfed by this massive yucca; Joshua trees are a variety of yucca and the yucca is also the state flower of New Mexico

The Ponderosa Lemon originated in 1887in Hagerstown MD as a chance seedling that is a natural hybrid of pomelo and citron; while these monster fruit are much larger than that of a normal lemon, they have the same flavor and acidity

The Ponderosa Lemon originated in 1887in Hagerstown MD as a chance seedling that is a natural hybrid of pomelo and citron; while these monster fruit are much larger than that of a normal lemon, they have the same flavor and acidity

Lace Aloe is native to Lesotho and South Africa with its nectar-rich, tubular orange flowers attracting birds, bees, and wasps easily; botany lovers really need to visit the Cape Town region for unique plants

Lace Aloe is native to Lesotho and South Africa with its nectar-rich, tubular orange flowers attracting birds, bees, and wasps easily; botany lovers really need to visit the Cape Town region for unique plants

The Black Rose Aeonium is a beautiful succulent whose stems hold large, terminal rosettes of very dark purple, almost black, leaves; the unique colors have made it a popular with landscape gardeners

The Black Rose Aeonium is a beautiful succulent whose stems hold large, terminal rosettes of very dark purple, almost black, leaves; the unique colors have made it a popular with landscape gardeners

Colorful bloom on an Indian fig cactus (aka prickly pear); this species is the most widespread and most commercially important cactus grown primarily as a fruit crop but also for the vegetable nopales

Colorful bloom on an Indian fig cactus (aka prickly pear); this species is the most widespread and most commercially important cactus grown primarily as a fruit crop but also for the vegetable nopales

Although strikingly similar in appearance, the Madagascar ocotillo here is not closely related to the ocotillo of the Sonoran Deserts in North America

Although strikingly similar in appearance, the Madagascar ocotillo here is not closely related to the ocotillo of the Sonoran Deserts in North America

The Orchid Room, like all other parts of the Conservatory, was quite small but full of gorgeous blooms; 1 in 10 of the earth’s plant species is an orchid!

The Orchid Room, like all other parts of the Conservatory, was quite small but full of gorgeous blooms; 1 in 10 of the earth’s plant species is an orchid!

This Kenyan cactus just looked too much like lots of snakes to me!; the Conservatory is named for the father of former Baltimore mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake

This Kenyan cactus just looked too much like lots of snakes to me!; the Conservatory is named for the father of former Baltimore mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake

Known for its bright red, fuzzy, caterpillar-like flowers, chenille is an evergreen plant commonly grown as a seasonal annual or houseplant; it is endemic to areas around Malaysia but now has widespread adaptation

Known for its bright red, fuzzy, caterpillar-like flowers, chenille is an evergreen plant commonly grown as a seasonal annual or houseplant; it is endemic to areas around Malaysia but now has widespread adaptation

Most plants in the Tropical House were identified but some, like this cool spiky species, were not; I was surprised at how crowded the Conservatory was given its out of the way location and small size

Most plants in the Tropical House were identified but some, like this cool spiky species, were not; I was surprised at how crowded the Conservatory was given its out of the way location and small size

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NY Botanical Garden pt 1

My Soul Blooms Forever, Yayoi Kusama, 2019; the artist has said - I am happy that I have painted flowers... There are no objects more interesting.

My Soul Blooms Forever, Yayoi Kusama, 2019; the artist has said - I am happy that I have painted flowers... There are no objects more interesting.

The 1896 LuEsther T Mertz Library Bldg houses the United States' largest botanical library, and was the first library whose collection focused exclusively on botany

The 1896 LuEsther T Mertz Library Bldg houses the United States' largest botanical library, and was the first library whose collection focused exclusively on botany

I Want to Fly to the Universe, Yoyoi Kusama, 2020; in this era of Covid, the huge green spaces at the New York Botanical Garden allowed for plenty of social distancing despite the large crowd

I Want to Fly to the Universe, Yoyoi Kusama, 2020; in this era of Covid, the huge green spaces at the New York Botanical Garden allowed for plenty of social distancing despite the large crowd

White Wild Indigo (in the pea family) has striking charcoal-gray stems, blue-green leaves and pea-like blossoms forming on long spikes, making it quite showy, but without floral scent

White Wild Indigo (in the pea family) has striking charcoal-gray stems, blue-green leaves and pea-like blossoms forming on long spikes, making it quite showy, but without floral scent

The 1840 Lillian and Amy Goldman Stone Mill is the oldest existing tobacco manufacturing building in the US; the Thain Family Forest is split by the Bronx River, the only freshwater river in New York City

The 1840 Lillian and Amy Goldman Stone Mill is the oldest existing tobacco manufacturing building in the US; the Thain Family Forest is split by the Bronx River, the only freshwater river in New York City

The Poseidon is a vigorous floribunda rose with stunning lavender/blue cupped blooms; all cut grass, leaves, weeds, deadheaded flowers, twigs, branches are composted or go into mulch so nothing goes to landfills

The Poseidon is a vigorous floribunda rose with stunning lavender/blue cupped blooms; all cut grass, leaves, weeds, deadheaded flowers, twigs, branches are composted or go into mulch so nothing goes to landfills

The Garden’s historic collection of maples, included many varieties of Japanese maples, from around the world was very impressive; photos of trees don't do them justice

The Garden’s historic collection of maples, included many varieties of Japanese maples, from around the world was very impressive; photos of trees don't do them justice

When the Fountain of Life (1905) was completed there were very few statues of horses with webbed forefeet; there is not a subway stop anywhere near the Garden so I took the subway and then a bus

When the Fountain of Life (1905) was completed there were very few statues of horses with webbed forefeet; there is not a subway stop anywhere near the Garden so I took the subway and then a bus

In the Mertz Library there were additional Kusama sculptures as well as a gallery with dozens of watercolors; if you decide to skip the subway/bus transit plan then parking will set you back $20

In the Mertz Library there were additional Kusama sculptures as well as a gallery with dozens of watercolors; if you decide to skip the subway/bus transit plan then parking will set you back $20

This pink satin rhododendron was one of the few still in bloom when I visited; the New York Botanical Garden was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1967

This pink satin rhododendron was one of the few still in bloom when I visited; the New York Botanical Garden was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1967

The Korean dogwood is native to East Asia including Korea, China and Japan but has become naturalized in NY state; it can be distinguished from the dogwood of eastern North America since it flowers about a month later

The Korean dogwood is native to East Asia including Korea, China and Japan but has become naturalized in NY state; it can be distinguished from the dogwood of eastern North America since it flowers about a month later

I just love the expressions blooms create on spiral ginger; the plant is mentioned in the Kama Sutra as an ingredient in a cosmetic to be used on the eyelashes to increase sexual attractiveness

I just love the expressions blooms create on spiral ginger; the plant is mentioned in the Kama Sutra as an ingredient in a cosmetic to be used on the eyelashes to increase sexual attractiveness

The Garden contains 50 different gardens and plant collections; there is a serene cascade waterfall, as well as wetlands (though this duck preferred a fountain) and a 50-acre tract of original, never-logged, old-growth New York forest

The Garden contains 50 different gardens and plant collections; there is a serene cascade waterfall, as well as wetlands (though this duck preferred a fountain) and a 50-acre tract of original, never-logged, old-growth New York forest

Cleistocactus icosagonus is from the Andes in northern Peru and southern Ecuador; the stems are initially upright but then become sprawling as they mature

Cleistocactus icosagonus is from the Andes in northern Peru and southern Ecuador; the stems are initially upright but then become sprawling as they mature

The captivating Mexican grass tree looks great in raised planters or large containers; the Garden starting charging admission in 1994 to help reduce years of neglect due to underfunding

The captivating Mexican grass tree looks great in raised planters or large containers; the Garden starting charging admission in 1994 to help reduce years of neglect due to underfunding

The Haupt Conservatory at the NY Botanical Garden opened in 1902 after costing $177,000; the land for the Garden was purchased from the Lorillard family (tobacco money)

The Haupt Conservatory at the NY Botanical Garden opened in 1902 after costing $177,000; the land for the Garden was purchased from the Lorillard family (tobacco money)

The blooms on the succulent sesame resemble a large petunia; don't touch this fruit unless you want to spend some time trying to remove it from your fingers (worse than a Chinese finger puzzle!)

The blooms on the succulent sesame resemble a large petunia; don't touch this fruit unless you want to spend some time trying to remove it from your fingers (worse than a Chinese finger puzzle!)

Hymn of Life - Tulips, Yoyoi Kusama, 2007; the principal officers of the corporation set up for the Garden at inception were Cornelius Vanderbilt, Andrew Carnegie and J.P. Morgan

Hymn of Life - Tulips, Yoyoi Kusama, 2007; the principal officers of the corporation set up for the Garden at inception were Cornelius Vanderbilt, Andrew Carnegie and J.P. Morgan

The sea-urchin copper coleus, is an annual or short lived evergreen perennial (in warmer climates), and is native to Australia and subtropical Asia; grown mostly for the colorful foliage

The sea-urchin copper coleus, is an annual or short lived evergreen perennial (in warmer climates), and is native to Australia and subtropical Asia; grown mostly for the colorful foliage

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Modern glass at Chrysler pt 1

Red Gum Tree Leaf, Dante Marioni, 1988; to make these vessels, Marioni organized brightly colored and colorless canes into chevron patterns, picked them up on a blowpipe, and then shaped the glass into elongated, stylized leaf forms

Red Gum Tree Leaf, Dante Marioni, 1988; to make these vessels, Marioni organized brightly colored and colorless canes into chevron patterns, picked them up on a blowpipe, and then shaped the glass into elongated, stylized leaf forms

Aquaman Stinger, Nancy Callan, 2014; while her work exemplifies the skill and finesse of the Venetian tradition in glass, Callan exhibits the witty humor and aesthetic sensibility of a contemporary artist who loves pop culture, fashion and design

Aquaman Stinger, Nancy Callan, 2014; while her work exemplifies the skill and finesse of the Venetian tradition in glass, Callan exhibits the witty humor and aesthetic sensibility of a contemporary artist who loves pop culture, fashion and design

Faliera, Ettore Sottsass and Luciano Vistosi, 1974; at a Christie's auction in 2002, this piece sold for almost 1000 euros (that would be about $2400 US today)

Faliera, Ettore Sottsass and Luciano Vistosi, 1974; at a Christie's auction in 2002, this piece sold for almost 1000 euros (that would be about $2400 US today)

Cold Stream Cast Basket, Mark Peiser, 2006; imagine winding soft-serve ice cream inside a bowl, resting one coil upon another; by carefully controlling the glass as it came out of the furnace Peiser created this piece in much the same way

Cold Stream Cast Basket, Mark Peiser, 2006; imagine winding soft-serve ice cream inside a bowl, resting one coil upon another; by carefully controlling the glass as it came out of the furnace Peiser created this piece in much the same way

Iasia Vase, Ettore Sottsass, 1986; this piece made in Murano, Italy (I love that place!) has a red element roughly in the middle of the piece slightly off center giving the intentional impression of instability.

Iasia Vase, Ettore Sottsass, 1986; this piece made in Murano, Italy (I love that place!) has a red element roughly in the middle of the piece slightly off center giving the intentional impression of instability.

Stone Vessel, Curtiss Brock, 1986; Brock cites the 9 years he spent working and teaching at the Pilchuck Glass School (in Stanwood, WA founded by Dale Chihuly) as the primary influence driving his creativity

Stone Vessel, Curtiss Brock, 1986; Brock cites the 9 years he spent working and teaching at the Pilchuck Glass School (in Stanwood, WA founded by Dale Chihuly) as the primary influence driving his creativity

Untitled, Dale Chihuly, 1988; the new Chihuly Garden and Glass (located next to the Space Needle) is the number one thing to do in Seattle according to TripAdvisor (I've added it to my bucket list)

Untitled, Dale Chihuly, 1988; the new Chihuly Garden and Glass (located next to the Space Needle) is the number one thing to do in Seattle according to TripAdvisor (I've added it to my bucket list)

Passage 7, Mark Peiser, 2015; in his quest to capture the transparency and luminosity of the sky, Peiser formulated a unique opal glass that is many colored due to microscopic particles that formed within the glass during the cooling process

Passage 7, Mark Peiser, 2015; in his quest to capture the transparency and luminosity of the sky, Peiser formulated a unique opal glass that is many colored due to microscopic particles that formed within the glass during the cooling process

Blue-Green Linked Forms, Harvey Littleton, 1983; considered the father of the US studio glass movement, he initiated the first glass program at a US university (Wisconsin) which fostered the talents of a generation of glass artists, including Dale Chihuly

Blue-Green Linked Forms, Harvey Littleton, 1983; considered the father of the US studio glass movement, he initiated the first glass program at a US university (Wisconsin) which fostered the talents of a generation of glass artists, including Dale Chihuly

Storm Eater, Barbara Earl Thomas, 2018; the artist is known for her distinctive style that grapples with societal issues like gun violence, environmental harm and the continuing needless loss of young Black men

Storm Eater, Barbara Earl Thomas, 2018; the artist is known for her distinctive style that grapples with societal issues like gun violence, environmental harm and the continuing needless loss of young Black men

Tray, Maurice Heaton, ca. 1950s; the complex variation in texture and color on the tray—in hues of red, dark blue, and white—are a result of Heaton’s technique of fusing glass enamel powder that he pioneered

Tray, Maurice Heaton, ca. 1950s; the complex variation in texture and color on the tray—in hues of red, dark blue, and white—are a result of Heaton’s technique of fusing glass enamel powder that he pioneered

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