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Lino Tagliapietra

  • Glassblower
  • Venice, Italy
  • Master Artisan
Lino Tagliapietra Glassblower
Italian, English
By appointment only
+39 041736140
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Journey of a lifetime

  • • Lino has over 70 years of experience in his craft
  • • His pieces are on display in prestigious museums
  • • He lives between Murano and Seattle

Perhaps the most illustrious Venetian glassblower and artist in the world, Lino Tagliapietra was born in 1934 in Murano, where the tradition of glassworking dates back to 1291. Precociously talented, he began to work as an apprentice at the age of 11 and never stopped. Very curious and open-minded, at 21 he was already considered a master. He worked for the most important glass manufacturers and then by himself. An unstoppable experimenter, living in symbiosis with glass, he has had a crucial role in spreading the Venetian culture of glass across the world, namely in the United States, where he lives part of the year. Besides teaching and collaborating with other artists, he also collaborated with scientists at MIT. His pieces are the result of his creativity, aesthetic eye and technical skills coming together in harmony.

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La Danza

This installation consists of three works and a specially designed support that enhances its elegance and movement. The glass sculptures were created using canes and murrine with the incalmo blowing technique. The two pieces on the sides were engraved with the inciso and battuto style. The tiny bases, the sinuous bodies and the tapered necks stretching upwards are reminiscent of a group of dancers.

Length 50 cm
Width 23 cm
Height 135 cm

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During his visits to Australia, Lino Tagliapietra was fascinated by the Aboriginal designs. In this work he tried to replicate their very colourful patterns, using a double blowing technique, overlapping two different layers of glass. This special technique gives depth to the design and lets the artist elegantly finish the upper part. The outside is blown using only murrine, the inside Lino used multicolour canes.

Width 35 cm
Height 78 cm

Photo: © Massimo Gardone

This group of works is made using the multicolour murrine glassblwoing technique. Lino Tagliapietra chose the cylindrical shape in order to be able to use glass like a canvas and to create an interaction between transparency and opacity.

Height 33 cm
Diameter 29 cm

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A piece from one of the most iconic of Lino Tagliapietra's series, made using the incalmo blowing technique with multicolour canes. Dinosaur was then cold worked with the battuto and inciso techniques, in order to enhance the graphic and chromatic effects. The very tiny and transparent base supports a huge sculpture with a long curly neck, a daring design.

Length 50 cm
Width 24 cm
Height 115 cm

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Ombelico del mondo

This sculpture was created using a very complicated technique, through a long blowing process. Multicolour canes have been fused and twisted in order to create the hypnotic spiral that directs one’s gaze towards the centre. The thin metal stand is specially designed to make the work appear as if it is floating.

Length 61 cm
Width 18 cm
Height 81 cm

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