Endeavor (installation of 35 boats at The Smithsonian Institution), 1998–2003, designed and made by Lino Tagliapietra; blown glass with multicolor canes, cut. Courtesy of Lino Tagliapietra, Inc.; photo by Greg R. Miller

I visited Seattle, WA back in March of 2008. While I was out there I had opportunity to visit the Tacoma Museum of Glass. The glass collection was amazing and the hotshop was insane. It was also, the only time during my visit that I was actually warm! If you are ever in the area it is well worth the time to visit.
While I was there master glassblower, Lino Tagliapietra had an amazing exhibition going on. I really didn’t know much about him before this but fell in love with his work and have been an avid fan ever since. He has recently opened a studio in the Seattle area and I would love to go back to Seattle just so I can see his workspace. The photos above and below are examples of some of the work he had on display at the Tacoma Museum of Glass.

Photo from Tacoma Museum of Glass Blog by Greg Owen, Manager of Audience Engagement and Hot Shop Heroes. Russell Johnson Photographer, Lino Tagliapietra Inc.

I love the shape of these vessels and over the years I have looked for ways to create a similar shape.  This was my interpretation.

Who are your glass heroes? Who or what inspires you to get into the studio?

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