The Pac-12 Women’s Basketball Tournament isn’t just in Seattle, it’s *of* Seattle, incorporating several Emerald City traditions into the event.
For example: the blown glass trophies that will be handed out on Sunday.
The Pacific Northwest has long been a hotbed of the art form. The Pilchuck Glass School in rural Washington, founded by world-renowned glass blower (and University of Washington alum) Dale Chihuly, got the movement started in the early ’70s.
For this year’s tournament the Pac-12 Conference partnered with glassybaby, a Seattle-based blown glass retailer specializing in votive candleholders, to create trophies for the event. Artist Harrison Neel designed and produced the trophies at glassybaby’s behest. This video tells the story behind his concept, and how each trophy was crafted.
Eight trophies will be awarded at the conclusion of the Pac-12 Women’s Basketball Tournament at KeyArena on March 10; one each to the tournament-winning team, the tournament MVP, and six all-tournament team players. Years from now they’ll remember where they won them for sure.