With drawings that seem to float in space, Soft Cylinders combine key elements of two earlier series. They incorporate glass thread drawings using the “pick-up drawing” technique found in Cylinders, while expressing the relaxed asymmetry and gentle movement of Baskets.
SEE THE PROCESS
An array of colors and shapes
Soft Cylinders represent the culmination of Chihuly’s interests in weaving, surface pattern and asymmetry. They are created in a range of palettes, from vibrant to monochromatic, with the shape of each piece dictated by gravity’s pull.
“Halfway into the blowing process, right after the last gather of glass has been dipped from the furnace, the gaffer comes down on the drawing with the molten glass and fuses it to the surface. This is the most exciting moment of making a Soft Cylinder.”