Glass master Tagilapietra to return to Centre campusStephen Powell, Centre alums featured in Kentucky glass showcase
RELEASED: April 20, 2006
DANVILLE, KY—The Centre College glass scene is heating up this spring with the return of legendary artist Lino Tagliapietra for a series of public glassblowing demonstrations in May. In addition, Centre's own Stephen Rolfe Powell, along with two Centre alums, both protégés of Powell's, will be featured in an exhibit at Louisville's Tobin-Hewett Gallery that runs through May 31.
The Louisville exhibit, "Clear Impact: Kentucky’s impact on studio glass," features Powell, Stodghill Professor of Art at Centre, as well as two of his former students: Che Rhodes, who heads the new glass department at the University of Louisville, and Patrick Martin, who runs Emporia State's glass program in Kansas. At the April 18 opening, Powell, Rhodes and Martin appeared together on a panel discussing teaching.
Tagliapietra will give public glassblowing demonstrations in the hot glass studio on the Centre campus on the following dates:
"This third visit to Centre College for Lino Tagliapietra illustrates the strong relationship Lino has with Centre College and his continued generosity of sharing his virtuosity with glass," says Powell. "This trip for Lino will be less hoopla than his previous trips, where he received a Humana Professorship and an Honorary Doctoral Degree. Lino feels that a good student learns by watching in the right way. Having the best in the world here at Centre will, once again, furnish students the opportunity of a lifetime."
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 21. He later worked as master glassblower and designer at other glass studios, including Galliano Ferro, Venini, La Murrina, and Effetre International.
For more on Lino Tagliapietra , see: http://www.linotagliapietra.com/.
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