John Updike

See Dale Chihuly's Venetian glassmaking fantasies in Reading

American glass sculptor Dale Chihuly has been seducing the world for years with grand, eye-catching works with a myriad colors and organic forms.

His glossy surfaces and flamboyant designs have appeared in countless exhibitions and galleries, while numerous public spaces have been graced by the vibrant chandelier towers and architectural glass installations he is most known for today.

On a trip to Venice in 1988, it was Chihuly himself who was seduced. He visited a gallery housing an extraordinary private collection of Venetian glass Art Deco works from the 1920s and 1930s. Back in the United States, he decided to create his own versions of these classic pieces, re-imagined...