Arguably the greatest glassblower alive today, Lino Tagliapietra started his career at the age of twelve, as an apprentice in a glass factory on his native island of Murano. He earned the title of maestro vetraio - master glassmaker - at 21 and in the late 1970s set off to pursue the path of a studio artist. After more than 65 years in the hotshop, the material remains magical to him and at 80 years of age, Lino is ‘only just beginning.’
Corning Museum of Glass curator Tina Oldknow summarizes his influence: “Today, artists from around the world use a Venetian glass vocabulary to make work that would never, ever be produced in Venice, and the dissemination of this remarkably creative and vibrant craft language may be Lino’s most important legacy. Lino came to America to discover what there might be here for him and to teach others to work glass. In the process, he helped to pioneer an industry – not for commerce, but for art.”
Tagliapietra’s work is represented in more than 50 international museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, and the Musée des Arts Decoratifs, Paris.