Lino Tagliapietra, an internationally renowned glass artist from Italy, arrives at the Pittsburgh Glass Center on Monday for a one-week residency with his Seattle-based team. Examples of Mr. Tagliapietra's designs are on exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the de Young Museum in San Francisco, and Carnegie Museum of Art.
Mr. Tagliapietra, 79, will work with four American glass artists who make up his Seattle-based team: Nancy Callan, Darin Denison, Jen Elek and David Walters.
Mr. Tagliapietra was born on the island of Murano, a bastion of glass blowing for centuries. He was a boy when he began working in glass furnaces and factories, attaining the rank of maestro in his 20s. In the 1980s, he collaborated with American glass artists Dale Chihuly and Dan Dailey.
The Pittsburgh Glass Center is located at 5472 Penn Ave., 15206. Hours are 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays.