After BECON was complete Sam and I headed North for a visit with Leslie Thiel walking the grounds of the Tacoma Museum of Glass and eating lunch on the docks. stopping in Tacoma to see the current exhibits is a habit of mine when coming to this part of the country. This time it afforded us the chance to see the work of some of the speakers we had just seen present at BECON a few days before.
The fountains in the foreground are by Howard Ben Tre
But most of all I enjoyed time with my favorite young artist (i.e. my 5 year old niece) taking walks in the woods, collaborating on drawings and visiting the Seattle Museum of Art (SAM). One of many exhibits presently at the SAM was A Bead Quiz which had examples and information about beads made from a myriad of materials, including glass. Personally, I enjoyed seeing the items in their permanent collection, of which some 100 pieces can be viewed online. This includes my favorite piece Some/One by Do-Ho Suh. I was struck silent (and this doesn't happen often) by the impact of seeing this amazing piece of sculpture. A large scale work made using the stainless steal of solders’ dog tags. Amazing both in it's construction and the message held in the hundreds of untold stories behind the dog tags used as components.
Now back home I am packing for my next trip, this time to the Pittsburgh Glass Center.