CHAPTER 3

Commit to Lifelong Learning

Introduction

Dale Chihuly is an American artist, glass sculptor and entrepreneur. He specializes in blown glass and his works are considered highly specialized, unique and often classified as large-scale sculpture. Working with glass is considered a highly technical skill that demands precision, focus, and a commitment to life-long learning. Unfortunately, two terrible accidents would force Chihuly to change his career path. A 1976 traffic accident in England blinded his left eye and three years later he dislocated his right shoulder in a bodysurfing accident. These two events prohibited Chihuly from holding the pipe involved with glass blowing. Not to be deterred he hired others to do the work. Unable to ...

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