Lino Tagliapietra in Retrospect: A Modern Renaissance in Italian Glass

The course of Lino Tagliapietra's career—from a childhood spent working in glass factories in Murano, Italy, through maturation as a designer and craftsman for industry, to full fruition as an independent artist—is unusual under any circumstance and unheard of in American studio glass. Almost thirty years after his first visit to America, to teach at the Pilchuck Glass School north of Seattle, Tagliapietra's glassblowing skills still trump most efforts in the United States and elsewhere. While rooted in the thousand-year-old story and traditions of the Venetian lagoon, the inventiveness of his work keeps it relevant to contemporary aesthetics. His art in glass stands within the grandest ranks of the decorative arts, an honored discipline of unabashed beauty and the most exquisite handwork.

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