August 6-8, 2006
KEN LAMBERT / THE SEATTLE TIMES
Inside the glass empire
How Dale Chihuly created a multimillion-dollar market for glass as fine art, built a mass-production company to sustain it — and set out to neutralize his competition.
Council House resident Helen Cappellani, 88, makes a clay vase during a class offered by Seniors Making Art.
Chihuly benefits from his own philanthropy
He founded a charity to bring free art classes to senior citizens, but it also puts money into his pocket and brings a new flow of customers.
Glassblower Bryan Rubino was sued last year for copyright infringement.
Chihuly turns up heat on competing artists
He's been guarding his artistic style for years, warning others not to copy shapes and techniques he claims as his. But some say he's gone too far with a copyright lawsuit.
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