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Glass Masters at Work: Lino Tagliapietra

Lino Tagliapietra is an extraordinary artist, acknowledged widely as the best glassblower in the world. His work is noted for its complexity, elegance, and visual poetry. Tagliapietra has had a lasting impact on American studio glassblowing. Born on the island of Murano, he worked as an assistant and then as an apprentice in the island's glass factories, where he earned the title of maestro at the age of 21. In 1979, he traveled for the first time to the United States to teach at the Pilchuck Glass School. This was the beginning of an international career and collaborations with noted European and American artists working in glass. After working in the United States and abroad for 10 years, Tagliapietra made the difficult decision to change his artistic focus from design to the production of unique work. Rethinking his craft, he emerged in the 1990s as an influential artist. Filmed at The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass during a private workshop and dramatically set to music for a dazzling sensory experience, this film allows students, artists, and anyone interested in glass the unique opportunity to experience the genius of this master glassmaker. The film was created in 2008 by Academy and Emmy award-winning documentary filmmaker Robin Lehman. Watch the trailer Learn more about Lino Tagliapietra and his work