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Tagliapietra and Marioni – A Collaboration

© Russell Johnson & Lino Tagliapietra Inc.

A couple of months ago, glass master Dante Marioni and Maestro Lino Tagliapietra collaborated together to create something incredibly beautiful. Tagliapietra and Marioni worked harmoniously to create a reticello Dinosaur – and it’s simply stunning.

Dante Marioni is a talented and accomplished American glass artist. If you’re new to glass art, you must discover his work. Son of Paul Marioni (a pioneer of the American Studio glass movement) and nephew of painter Joseph Marioni and conceptual artist Tom Marioni, Dante lives a life surrounded by art and creativity. Dante first met Lino at the age of 19 and was inspired by his technical abilities and quality of work. Dante continued to take classes at Pilchuck and with Lino throughout the 90s. Marioni secured his first sell-out show with Traver Gallery at the young age of 23 and has been inspiring artists and collectors since. His work can be described as sophisticated, symmetrical, classic and can take on vibrant color combinations.

Luckily for us, the talented photographer Russell Johnson dropped by the hot shop and was able to capture the memories. It was a wonderful day surrounded by friends and family.

Both with a passion for glass and a long shared history within the glass community, Tagliapietra and Marioni met at the Martin Blank hot shop and created nothing short of spectacular! Behold…

The reticello Dinosaur

© Russell Johnson & Lino Tagliapietra Inc.

© Russell Johnson & Lino Tagliapietra Inc.

© Russell Johnson & Lino Tagliapietra Inc.

© Russell Johnson & Lino Tagliapietra Inc.

The Maestro with Dante’s son Lino © Russell Johnson & Lino Tagliapietra Inc.

© Russell Johnson & Lino Tagliapietra Inc.

© Russell Johnson & Lino Tagliapietra Inc.

© Russell Johnson & Lino Tagliapietra Inc.

© Russell Johnson & Lino Tagliapietra Inc.

© Russell Johnson & Lino Tagliapietra Inc.

© Russell Johnson & Lino Tagliapietra Inc.

From left to right: John Kiley, Dante, and Lino © Russell Johnson & Lino Tagliapietra Inc.

© Russell Johnson & Lino Tagliapietra Inc.

The perfectly executed piece is nothing short of amazing. Each air bubble is remarkably trapped in the center of every diamond created by the crossing of canes. Reticello is the Italian name for this criss-crossed canework technique that’s characterized by the appearance of a fine netting of threads. To achieve this design, canes are heated and twisted in one direction, then blown into the form of a cup. This cup is then set in the oven while another cup is formed. On the second cup, the glassworker twists the canes in the opposite direction of the first.

The second cup is blown into the first and the two are merged together. As they join, the grooves between the cane rods are sealed which causes air bubbles to form between each of the diamonds left from the pattern. This can then be blown and shaped into any form the glassworker desires. In this case, they were blown into one of the Maestro’s iconic shapes: Dinosaur.

We took the cooled piece out of the annealer and sent it to Russell to be photographed. The results are magnificent.

The Finished Piece

© Russell Johnson & Lino Tagliapietra Inc.

© Russell Johnson & Lino Tagliapietra Inc.

© Russell Johnson & Lino Tagliapietra Inc.

© Russell Johnson & Lino Tagliapietra Inc.

© Russell Johnson & Lino Tagliapietra Inc.

© Russell Johnson & Lino Tagliapietra Inc.

This collaboration between two renowned artists resulted in an incredible creation and showcases the deep understanding Lino and Dante have of the material. Their passion and pursuit of perfection in glass art has manifested and presented itself in the form of a Dinosaur.