PUBLIC ADVOCACY: My Passion for Glass Art/Seattle Scene

Orchids Bronx Botanical Gardens
Orchids Bronx Botanical Gardens
Visitors to the Botanical Gardens
Visitors to the Botanical Gardens
Miltonia's The Pansy Orchid
Miltonia’s The Pansy Orchid
When I travel, I like intense experiences.  On the go with others from early morning till late at night, might not be everyone’s “good time”, but it’s mine!  Total immersion in a subject I love.  This time it’s Glass!  My first  days’ journey ended at the Studio of Benjamin Moore and his wife Debra Moore.  They both create Glass sculpture, but they do not collaborate with each other. You’ll see for yourself, two very different individuals, under the same “roof”.


Benjamin Moore apprenticed with Dale Chihuly in 1974 before becoming the Director of Pilchuck, our Nation’s first glass blowing facility.  The home, or rather Camp, of the initial contemporary Glass Movement in the States.   Tough exposed to other Glass Creators,  Benjamin Moore developed his own style of Glass Blowing, based on minimalist architectural shapes.  The ” focus of his work is simplicity and clarity of form”  (Reference: Schantz Gallery Seattle Glass Tour 2014) .


Hanging Lights Collaboration with Dante Marioni
Hanging Lights Collaboration with Dante Marioni
Benjamin Moore @ his gallery
Benjamin Moore @ his gallery
Glass forms/pure  design/made to compliment each other
Glass forms/pure
design/made to compliment each other…

As you ascend the steps, in Benjamin’s Gallery, you enter his wife’s world of Orchids. Her glass sculptures imitate Nature. Judge for yourself, I’ve enclosed several Orchids I saw while walking through the New York Botanical Gardens which I think compliment her work! As frequently happens, artists depict Nature, using the skills they are endowed with. This process is repeated in many Art forms. I’ve chosen Glass, since the Artists are contemporary and readily approachable. Enjoy!

White Orchid by Debra Moore
White Orchid by Debra Moore
Orchid Floral display
Orchid Floral display
Debra Moore Orchid
Debra Moore Orchid

In 2013, I took these photos at the Orchid Show at the New York Botanical Gardens in the Bronx. I did get several photos of visitors, but chose this one to exhibit.

When I was much younger, I grew Orchids from seedlings on “Lava rocks”. Now, I’ve got a “black thumb” and no longer have the patience to grow them anymore, I’ve kept, one orchid alive from my favorite Doorman/concierge, Angelo Lopez.

I’ve visited many Orchid shows, but have chosen the 2013 exhibition as an example of wonderful placement of this species.

This completes my memory of Day 1 of the Seattle Glass Tour. More artists to be presented as my Journey continues. The next day we visited the homes and work shops of 3 very special artists: Martin Blank, Nancy Callan and John Kiley! To be continued….

4 thoughts on “PUBLIC ADVOCACY: My Passion for Glass Art/Seattle Scene

  1. First of all I want to say fantastic blog! I had a quick question which I’d like
    to ask if you don’t mind. I was curious to know how you center
    yourself and clear your mind before writing. I’ve had a tough
    time clearing my mind in getting my thoughts out there.
    I do take pleasure in writing but it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes are wasted simply
    just trying to figure out how to begin. Any recommendations
    or hints? Many thanks!

    1. Hi there:
      I’m afraid I may be the wrong person to ask. I write when motivated. I also do not believe 10-15 wait for the creative spirit is too long. Cut yourself some slack, you’re probably doing fine.
      All the best. Joyce

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    1. Thanks for reading about one of my Passions.
      I love glass art! I’ll try to get to the other artists and their craft in the near future.
      It’s fun to collect art from artists you’ve seen and respected for their craft and their humanity.
      All the best. Joyce

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