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Macchia

Sapphire Macchia with Carmine Lip Wrap, 2021, 19 x 30 x 27"  Inquire

Kaleidoscopic color

Inspired to use all 300 colors in his hotshop, Chihuly explores unexpected color combinations with the Macchia series. Chihuly adds brightly colored spots (Macchia is Italian for spot) for a speckled effect, and pushes the possibilities of scale to create pieces up to four feet in diameter.

Shale Green Macchia with Lavender Lip Wrap, 2007 by Dale Chihuly

Shale Green Macchia with Lavender Lip Wrap, 2007, 20 x 33 x 32"
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Cinnabar Green Macchia Set with Turquoise Lip Wraps, 1993, Dale Chihuly

Cinnabar Green Macchia Set with Turquoise Lip Wraps, 1993, 15 x 23 x 29"
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Ruby Pheasant Macchia Set with Yellow Lip Wraps, 2015, Dale Chihuly

Ruby Pheasant Macchia Set with Yellow Lip Wraps, 2015, 13 x 26 x 23"
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Pine Green Macchia with Golden Lip Wrap, 1999, Dale Chihuly

Pine Green Macchia with Golden Lip Wrap, 1999, 23 x 33 x 29"
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Crabapple Pheasant Macchia Set with Horizon Blue Lip Wraps, 2002, Dale Chihuly

Crabapple Pheasant Macchia Set with Horizon Blue Lip Wraps, 2002, 15 x 29 x 20"
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SEE THE PROCESS

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Color rods, The Boathouse hotshop, Seattle, 2010

A never-ending color palette

Chihuly’s hotshop includes glass rods in hundreds of colors, allowing him to explore endless, wildly contrasting color combinations. While creating Macchia, Chihuly developed an approach that allows him to keep the inside and outside colors from melding—the creation of a white interior layer he calls “clouds.”

Macchia in process, The Hotshop, The Boathouse, Seattle, 2006

Creating spots of color

A signature element of Chihuly’s Macchia is the fusing of colored glass chips (called jimmies or frit) onto the exterior layer to create a spotted, speckled effect. This gives Chihuly an opportunity to incorporate even more color into his pieces.

Rose and Pale Lilac Macchia Set, 1983, Dale Chihuly

Rose and Pale Lilac Macchia Set, 1983, 7 x 20 x 16"
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Terra Cotta Macchia Set, 1981, Dale Chihuly

Terra Cotta Macchia Set, 1981, 9 x 22 x 19"
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“I put one color on the inside, then sort of a translucent or opaque white in the middle, and then another color on the outside. I loved the…ones that seemed to make the least amount of sense, like the really crazy ones—purple and chartreuse.”

–Chihuly

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