See video of Lino Tagliapietra working in the glass studio here.
Lino Tagliapietra, widely known as the world’s foremost glass artist, makes his 11th visit to Centre College over the next week, offering three days of master classes and public demonstrations.
During his visit, the public is invited to witness Tagliapietra in action in the hot glass studio in the Jones Visual Arts Center on Tuesday, Nov. 13, Thursday, Nov. 15 and Saturday Nov. 17 from 9 a.m. to noon each day.
The connection between Tagliapietra and Centre began in 1996 when he exhibited with Stephen Rolfe Powell ’74, Stodghill Professor of Art and founder of Centre’s renowned glass program. Four years later, Powell persuaded Tagliapietra to come to Danville with the promise of a trip to the Kentucky Derby. Other visits followed, including in 2004 when he received an honorary degree from Centre.
“How often do you have a chance to have a true friendship with someone in your field who is the greatest in the world, probably the greatest of all time,” Powell said.
A native of Murano, Italy, Tagliapietra once said, “I represent a place where they have been blowing glass for a thousand years. When I was born, I was born with glass. I don’t play music, I play glass. It is part of my culture, my brain, my blood.”
He began working as a glass apprentice at the age of 11. By the age of 21 he had achieved “maestro” status. In 1979, he made his first trip to the United States, sparking a remarkable international synergy. To the innovative—but largely untrained—creativity of the American artists he brought the finely honed technical skills of Italian glass blowing. His profound influence on American glass has been called “the Lino effect.”
Among his many awards are the Glass Art Society Lifetime Achievement Award, the Rakow Commission from the Corning Museum of Glass, and the Urban Glass Award for Preservation of Glassworking Techniques from Urkunde Goldmedaille, Germany. A documentary made in 2000, while he was at Centre as Humana Visiting Artist, aired on Kentucky Educational Television.
Now 84, he retains his exuberant dedication to teaching and sharing with the next generation of glass artists.
“Lino leads his life to the fullest,” Powell added. “Thank you Lino for sharing so much with me. Having Lino become a part of Centre has impacted our students as no other experience could. Traveling around the world with Lino, making glass, eating great food, drinking bourbon and wine, and playing Scopa has given me an appreciation of life that I never imagined possible.
“Curiosity expressed through glass, never satisfied, always thinking, always exploring, always inventing. That is Lino,” he concluded.
by Kerry Steinhofer
November 8, 2018
IF YOU GO
Hot Glass Studio with Lino Tagliapietra
Jones Visual Arts Center, Centre College
Tuesday, November 13 • 9 a.m. – noon
Thursday, November 15 • 9 a.m. – noon
Saturday, November 17 • 9 a.m. – noon