it's kind of odd though because the recent chihuly pieces aren't really made by him because he is almost blind now or something like that. i can't remember the exact story, but chihuly is quite the famous guy in the northwest. in anchorage, there was a chihuly exhibit a few years back and it was a huge deal. and he has a glass school for underprivileged youth in the tacoma area.
"Even though he no longer blows glass himself--a 1976 accident left him blind in one eye--he draws and sketches the designs for his creations and oversees a team of about 40 glass blowers in his studio in Seattle." -from http://www.forbes.com/2001/03/28/0328hot.html