Lino Tagliapietra Shows Us Glassblowing Teamwork
The various tools and techniques for manipulating the hot glass are fascinating. Watching Lino at 80 years old wielding the punty, blowing the pipe, shaping with the block and paddles, and cutting hot glass with huge shears is inspiring. We watched as he and his team produced colorful oblong globes using Murrini and cane techniques, then inserted one inside the other, and finally reshaped the melded vessel. The result was exquisitely beautiful.
But Lino brings another dimension to the Museum hotshop. We witnessed this amazing choreography of teamwork in the hotshop. Not only was he focused on all the different activities happening simultaneously, but so were all the members of his team. And all of them were so attuned to the project that they moved usually wordlessly from one task to another in a unified choreography.
For a brief history of glassblowing and a description of various glassblowing tasks see this Wikipedia site.
Lino will be in Tacoma until February 22. Check the Museum of Glass website for events Lino will participate in.
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