Lino Tagliapietra was born in 1934 on the island of the centuries-old center for Venetian glassmaking, Murano. At the age of eleven, he was apprenticed to the glass studio of the internationally known Muranese master, Archimede Seguso, and achieved the rank of maestro by age twenty-one. He later worked as master glassblower and designer at other glass studios, including Galliano Ferro, Venini, La Murrina, and Effetre International.
In the sixties, Tagliapietra began to develop his design skills by implementing his own concepts as well as those of others. In the seventies, he was deeply influenced by his participation in La Scuola Internazionale del Vetro symposiums held in Murano. These gatherings brought the finest Muranese masters together with artists from various disciplines all over the world. In the eighties, he became increasingly recognized for his collaboration with other artists and for the translation of their concepts into molten glass. Perhaps the most profound impact on his work came from his collaboration with the distinguished Dutch glass designer A.D. Copier. Copier changed his view of glass as a medium for art. In a dedication to Copier, Tagliapietra said, "What did I learn from him? Not any technical skills, but more importantly, the way to see and think about glass objects as works of art."
Much honored by the world of studio glass, Tagliapietra has received numerous awards. Appreciated by the audiences worldwide, his work has been exhibited by and is in permanent collections of various major museums.
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