October 10 14, 2012

Italian glass maestro Lino Tagliapietra and his glassblowing team return to the Museum of Glass Hot Shop for a five-day residency, October 10-14, 2012. Tagliapietra will make some of his most challenging and exquisite series that demonstrate his masterful glassmaking techniques. Maestro: Recent Works by Lino Tagliapietra, the Museum’s tenth anniversary exhibition, is currently on view and showcases 65 of Tagliapietra’s masterpieces created over the past decade.

The Museum will open early, at 9 a.m., for this residency and Tagliapietra will work until 3 p.m. The Museum will remain open until 5 p.m.

About Lino Tagaliapietra:
Widely revered as the maestro of glassblowing, Lino Tagliapietra was instrumental in promoting the early Studio Glass movement in the Pacific Northwest. In 1979, he first came to Pilchuck Glass School and shared with American glassmakers his vast knowledge gained from years of work in the Murano glass community. This act began a chain reaction of shared knowledge that universally elevated the art and craft of glassmaking and changed the course of contemporary glass. Now age 78, Tagliapietra’s artistic mastery and vision continue to influence Studio Glass artists around the world. The 2008 Museum of Glass-organized exhibition, Lino Tagliapietra in Retrospect: A Modern Renaissance in Italian Glass, was the first comprehensive examination of the artist’s work. www.linotagliapietra.com.

The Museum of Glass provides a dynamic learning environment to appreciate the medium of glass through creative experiences, collections and exhibitions. In addition to the Hot Shop Amphitheater where visitors can watch artists work, the facilities include galleries, outdoor exhibition areas, a theater, hands-on art studio, grand hall, café and store. 

Museum of Glass is sponsored in part by Ben B. Cheney Foundation, The Boeing Company Charitable Foundation, City of Tacoma Arts Commission, Arts Fund, Forest Foundation, and Sequoia Foundation.

Hours and Admission
Open Wednesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Third Thursdays 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Store is also open Tuesdays 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Summer hours [Memorial Day through Labor Day]: also open Monday and Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Admission is free for members, $12 general, $10 seniors, military and students [13+ with ID], $10 groups of 10 or more, $5 children [6-12] years old. Children under 6 are admitted free. Admission is free every third Thursday of the month from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Info Line 253-284-4750/ 1-866-4MUSEUM

Museum of Glass, 1801 Dock Street Tacoma, WA 98402

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Susan Newsom, Communications Manager