I like Dale Chihuly... he's a native son and went to school with friends of mine. And anyway, who doesn't like floating glass balls? I went to the ice & neon exhibit he did at the Tacoma Dome several years ago. It was very hands-on and fun to watch him in action. We went back twice... first to see the ice when it was fresh and then towards the end, when it was almost melted. The entire stadium was kept dark except for the neon lights inside the ice. You could smell and feel the ice melting, so it touched us with several senses. We've got photos somewhere.
My favorites works of his are (so far) the Seaform series.
It is true, Sozobe, that no one person can create that knd of large scale glass installation. Glass art requires at least two artists working -- one to keep the furnace going and cut & train the glass while the other handles the long tube, turning it, keeping it to the fire & blowing out the glass. I'm not sure which is considered the higher art. As far as I know, Chihuly creates all the designs (some people chafe at this) and watches over their making. Having vision in only one eye since the 70's, it would be unsafe for him to attempt most of the dangerous work involved in heating and molding glass. There are many "minions" glad to do his bidding and a lot come from Pilchuck.
His Pilchuck Glass School is amazing. It seemed like a small village when I rode through it once (illicitly, but they were so shocked, they didn't fuss). My friend and I were on horseback and quietly walked along their dirt roads. I'm sure we were wide-eyed -- it was so strange to run into that little community in the middle of the woods. The school is set on a remote hillside north of Seattle. It's reminiscent of F.L. Wright's residential architectural school -- Taliesin West.