American-born Dale Chihuly is a glass sculptor and artist widely credited for reinventing the perception of the glass as a fine art medium.
His ambitious architectural installations, featured in museums, cities and parks around the world, can reach as high a price as their height. In 2006, his 43ft-tall "Fireworks of Glass" sculpture was sold for $4.5 million.
"I was just lucky. A lot of people wanted to own my work and I was happy to make it for them. I can't even explain it myself, how it all happened," Chihuly told CNBC
His pieces can be as high as 60 feet, with pieces anywhere from two feet.
"What I learnt a long time ago, is to let the glass make itself. Use the fire and the heat, the centrifugal force and gravity. There are very few tools that I use."
CNBC caught up with Dale Chihuly in London, watch the full interview here.
Here are some of his most celebrated pieces.
By CNBC's Alice Tidey.