For this post I thought I would just check in with an update about the current shop goings-on…
We all took off to visit the Corning Museum of Glass last Sunday and watched Lino Tagliapietra create a few amazing pieces with his talented team. It is always a pleasure to see a master at work and the team he has assembled is fantastic in their own right.
Lino Tagliapietra and tema at a demonstration in Corning Museum of Glass Amphitear
Lino has always been a natural teacher. There was never a skill or process that was off-limits. He had a passion for sharing information and combined with his warm personality his workshops fostered my love of glass. One of the most important things I learned from Lino was his method of using these 3 things; the form of the vessel, the color and the technique. He taught me to combine any two of these elements and leave one out. This way the piece never becomes too artificial… It was great to see him working on new forms years later and I came away inspired for some new projects myself.
We also took time to visit some of Corning’s many galleries and hot shops and of course, Corning Museum itself. It is good to be surrounded by the energy of creative people and Corning is a beautiful town. Lino’s visit was in advance of this week’s annual Glass Art Society conference and the pieces we watched him create will ultimately be displayed there. Unfortunately we had to give most of this week’s many activities a miss since we are in the middle of preparing for an installation in August. Although we were sorry to miss everyone, it is great to be busy in doing what you love…
As tight as our current timeline is, we did take a little time this week for a few Father’s Day commissions. We have done a few very nice sets of rocks and highball glasses, some desk ornaments and we are about to finish another glass fire pit.
It will look similar to the one below and will install on a deck where a real fire might be a very bad idea.