Lino Tagliapietra sketches his designs in advance, but his approach seeks spontaneous perfection during the glassblowing process. As one profiler has written, "most of his decisions are made in front of the furnace”.
With Venetian glass in his blood, Tagliapietra began working with glass at a young age at the island’s glass furnaces and factories. Born in Murano, Italy, an island with a history of glass-making that dates from 1291, Tagliapietra became well versed in the Venetian glass trade secrets.
His work has brought him across the globe. Tagliapeitra’s impressive resume as a teacher and mentor has played a key role in the international exchange of glassblowing processes and techniques between the principal American centers and his native Murano. His influence is also apparent in China, Japan, Australia and around the world.
Lino Tagliapietra in studio, Photo credit: Russell Johnson photographer, Lino Tagliapietra Inc
Admirably, Tagliapeitra has adopted a boundary-free, global attitude about skill sharing and the evolution of artistic vision in glass.
Left to right: Martin Blank, Tony Jojola, Dale Chihuly, Benjamin Moore, And Lino Tagliapietra, 1990 at the Boathouse, Seattle, WA, Photo source: Chihuly.com
Exceptional works of the master glassmaker will be at auction in Rago’s upcoming Modern Glass sale on February 28.