I discovered a news article about Lino Tagliapietra — an amazing glass blower. This is part of an article in the The Virginian-Pilot by Teresa Annas :
“THE BEST GLASSBLOWER in the world began his career as a little boy assisting a glass-working team in Murano, Italy. It was a modest start fueled by his red-hot passion to learn.
“Lino Tagliapietra blew through his studies and by 22 had reached the level of glass master in his hometown, a high achievement on an island long renowned for its glass.
“Tagliapietra, whose work is the subject of a show opening today at the Chrysler Museum of Art as part of the region’s “Art of Glass 2” festival, labored in several glass factories, acquiring skills and opening up possibilities at each one, from Renaissance-style goblets with dragon stems to his invention of a modern sculpture that looks like the planet Saturn.
“A turning point came in 1979, at age 45, when he ventured to Seattle. As he taught and befriended aspiring glassartists, a free-wheeling American crew that craved his expertise, Tagliapietra’s world got much larger and more colorful.
Now he is 74 and has been an independent artist – not designing or blowing for other artists, such as Dale Chihuly, or for Venetian glass factories – since the mid-1990s. Many in the glass world speak his name with reverence and affection.”
To read the rest of the article, click on this link: http://hamptonroads.com/2009/04/museum-retrospective-features-works-glass-master.
Also, check out his website: http://www.linotagliapietra.com/default.htm. There are a lot of his blown glass art work, so have fun checking them out!
Here is a little biographical info about Lino Tagliapietra from his website:
“One of the world’s most eminent living glass artists, Lino Tagliapietra was born in1934 on the island of the centuries-old center for Venetian glassmaking, Murano. At the age of eleven, he was apprenticed to the glass studio of the internationally known Muranese master, Archimede Seguso, and achieved the rank of maestro by age twenty-one. He later worked as master glassblower and designer at other glass studios, including Galliano Ferro, Venini, La Murrina, and Effetre International.
“In the sixties, Tagliapietra began to develop his design skills by implementing his own concepts as well as those of others’. In the seventies, he was deeply influenced by his participation in La Scuola Internazionale del Vetro symposiums held in Murano. These gatherings brought the finest Muranese masters together with artists from various disciplines all over the world. In the eighties, he became increasingly recognized for his collaboration with other artists and for the translation of their concepts into molten glass. Perhaps the most profound impact on his work came from his collaboration with the distinguished Dutch glass designer A.D. Copier. Copier changed his view of glass as a medium for art. In a dedication to Copier, Tagliapietra said, “What did I learn from him? Not any technical skills, but more importantly, the way to see and think about glass objects as works of art.”
“For the past three decades, Tagliapietra has generously shared his unsurpassed experience, understanding, and knowledge of traditional Venetian glassblowing techniques with glass artists and audiences around the world. He has been largely responsible for a new renaissance in glassblowing that has swept through the world of studio glassmaking. It is not exaggerating to say that he has affected the course of glass history by helping to raise the international standards of glass craftsmanship.”
Here are some of his blown glass art from his website:
Christine — Glass Artist
Click here to see some of my Glass Art: www.mastersglassart.com