Back Looking at Glass

We were back looking at glass. And why not? We enjoyed our visit to Chihuly Glass Exhibit earlier in the year (see post). This time we looked at glass at the Museam of Glass in Tacoma. We went down there on Sunday during Memorial Day weekend. Forget Sunday laundry and groeries, it's a 3-day weekend...be crazy. We're rebels like that.

So we headed to Tacoma for the afternoon. Want to hear something else crazy? Josh and I have not been to Tacoma yet. We've lived in Seattle for just about three years now, and have only driven through Tacoma. Sorry Tacoma, but you have an aroma (I kid, I kid). Oh, wait, I lied. I was there before we lived here. I stopped with my mom for dinner as we took at break from traffic to go look at apartments in Seattle. But still, not a real visit.

Sorry, I went on a tangent there - back to our recent visit. We started our visit to Tacoma with lunch at the Art House Cafe. Or should I say brunch (oh yea, it's Sunday). It was a cute, artsy restaurant (ha, Art House is artsy; had to). I enjoyed pumpkin panckes (yes, pumpkin in May, totally acceptable) and orange creamsiscle tea. {Time out} The tea. Now, that was something different, yet tasty. I discovered it was from the Mad Hat Tea in Tacoma. But, sadly, it was closed (oh Sundays).

Lastly, before heading to the museum, the drug store next to the resturant caught our eye. It was very retro-cool. I snapped a shot for you to enjoy. However, it was closed (oh come on Sunday, catch us a break).

 Cool Tacoma Drug Store

Cool Tacoma Drug Store

 Museum of Glass

Museum of Glass

Now onto the Museam of Glass, the main reason for our visit. Unlike Chihuly in Seattle, this museam was a collection of different glass artists. I do not know why, but the Pacific Northwest is a pretty big center for glass making. There is even a school in the area, Pilchuck Glass School. This museam features 92 works, which were all pretty amazing. And for reasons unknown to me, there is a big link to Austrialia. So the Pacific NW and Austrialians know their glass. This article talks more about it.

The coolest part, however, was the Hot Shop where they blow glass live for visitors. We watched as they created cool glass creations. For a kid, one of the guys made a little horse figurine in under five minutes - get outta here.

Another cool part was the Bridge of Glass. It was basically an exhibit on the bridge outide the museum with cubbies of glass creations. The setup was snazzy. Oh, and I bet the fountain out front is awesome at night.

 Bridge of Glass

Bridge of Glass

 Outside the Museum of Glass

Outside the Museum of Glass

The last thing I want to share about the museum is the structure of the museum itself. It's shaped like a big cone. When you're watching the glass live in the Hot Shop, you look up through the top of the structure. I think it's supposed to be shaped like a kiln. Either way, another very cool thing about this museum. {Side Note} How many times have I said cool in this post? Quite a few...it's a good word. Cool.

 Museum of Glass

Museum of Glass

I do have to say, though, having to decide between Chihuly Exhibit or Museum of Glass better, I'd say Chihuly. But, this was a very neat museum and a fun Sunday afternoon.

And Tacoma was nice, too. And thanks Memorial Day for giving us Monday off so we could enjoy Sunday sans-chores.