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SOFA Chicago 2017

LINO at SOFA Chicago

It’s that time of the year again! The highly anticipated event – SOFA (sculptural objects functional art and design) – takes place November 2nd through November 5th. A breathtaking selection of Maestro Lino Tagliapietra’s extraordinary works will be on display through Schantz Galleries. If you attend, you will be able to view 30 new works featuring some of the newest innovations in glass by Lino.

Two stunning Forcolas – Photography by Russell Johnson

Amongst the newest innovations are works using Florencia murrini and a large installation of small, golden vessels. The, Florencia murrini, are small, individual elements which are made by folding, stretching hot glass, then cutting the resulting rods into workable sizes. This is accomplished well before the actual blowing begins, and the resulting murrini are composed, and blown into vessels in which the mosaic-like patterns are more distinct.


When asked how does he keep transforming these new techniques, forms and ideas, Lino explained the key is to “listen to the intuition and make space for the imagination, and then…you must do it.”


Consisting of more than eighty golden, ancient looking vessels the sparkling Avventurine Installation seems to be floating weightlessly within the altar-like space.  Yet, like the Maestro, they belie the effort and unending commitment to hard work and dedication. They reflect his golden years of experience, and the pursuit of beauty. Lino Tagliapietra has been an independent artist since 1989, exhibiting in museums around the globe. He’s received countless honors and openly shared his far-reaching knowledge of the medium. As one of the finest practitioners, Lino’s helped create a new renaissance in studio glassmaking.


Close up of Avventurine Installation


Below, you will find a catalogue created by Schantz Galleries featuring the stunning works that will be on display at the Schantz Galleries booth.


See you there!