||Master glassblower Tagliapietra returns to campus
RELEASED: November 6, 2008
For the past 30 years, Tagliapietra has generously shared his unsurpassed mastery of traditional Venetian glassblowing techniques with glass artists and audiences around the world. He has been largely responsible for a new renaissance in glassblowing that has swept through the world of studio glassmaking.
His visit to Centre celebrates the glass master's enduring relationship with the College. Centre's Stephen Rolfe Powell, world-renowned glass artist and H.W. Stodghill Jr. and Adele H. Stodghill Professor of Art, will assist Tagliapietra in the studio.
"This fourth 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," Powell says. "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."
In 2000, Centre named Tagliapietra Humana Distinguished Professor. The Documentary "Lino Tagliapietra: Maestro of Glass" (co-produced by Powell) was filmed at Centre, and aired on public television stations nationwide in 2001.
At Centre's 2004 commencement, Tagliapietra received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters along with Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.
The following glassblowing demonstrations are free and open to the public:
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