This week’s MotD Theme: Glass
World renowned Italian glass artist and master glassmaker, Lino Tagliapietra, created this glass masterpiece currently housed in the Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM) and showcased as part of the 2008-2009 Lino Tagliapietra in Retrospect: A Modern Renaissance in Glass exhibit.
I love the delicateness of its shape and balance, the intricate patterns, the bright colors, and Lino’s extraordinary attention to details throughout this fluid glass piece. It makes me want to play more with pattern and color combinations that I have yet to try. Although I did incorporate some of the patterns in this week’s Mandala of the Week.
Illustrated in this piece are classic Murano colors, and the 500-year-old incalmo technique, in which different glass bubbles, such as the blue and the yellow, are joined together to create a more distinctive work. Also present are rich examples of Tagliapietra’s trademark “coldworking” techniques, in which patterns are cut into the glass after it has cooled. The fine grooves are sawn into the vessel and known as inciso—literally “incised.” The scalloped texture is called battuto, which translates as “beaten” and highlights its resemblance to hammered metal.
The exhibition, which features 140 works from the artist’s 40-year career including objects that have never been exhibited, explores the evolution of Tagliapietra’s work. It also documents his unparalleled contributions to the studio glass movement through his teaching that fostered a new generation of artists. Tagliapietra’s enormous influence can be seen in the work of several artists represented in SAAM’s collection, including Dale Chihuly, Dan Dailey, and Dante Marioni, who also are now masters of their craft.
View more of his exquisite Glass Vessels via his online gallery.
Inspiration For Today
Often times we lose track of time and think it will take forever to be any good at what we do. Lino’s Mandara shows us what persistence and patience can do for us as well; reminding us to keep at it, keep finding ways to improve, to expand beyond our comfort zone… to:
Strive for excellence. It’s worth it!
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