Lino Tagliapietra

Blowing a piece at Glass Art Society '97 in Tucson

(Text originally published in Hot Glass Bits 36)

LINO TAGLIAPIETRA blew two demonstrations on Saturday morning, a hot ticket that caused some problems with people who had registered very early in expectation of being certain of getting in. I saw the first demo. Within the limits of my notes and memory, this is what he did.

A steel plate covered with kiln wash was placed on a long handled tool with another plate and heated in the glory hole.


Upon removal, large (1/4") clear encased opaque stringer was laid on it with steel blocks at each end to keep it from rolling. Reheat.

Early photos of demo were lost when film did not pull through camera properly, making a multiple image.
On a gather large enough that the stringer will not go all the way around, pick up the stringer, leaving a gap. 2
Jack the gather and pull the tip, cutting off extra, so the stringer lines run from one end to the other.

LESSON: Wasting glass is a constructive technique.

Bow the piece, while puffing, to make an inflated new moon shape with the clear section outside.

Punty the piece on the outside of the bow. Heat especially the inside of the bow and punty to it with a hot gather so that the center can be pulled into a third point even with the two ends.

Reheat the three tips and pull and cut the tips until able to pull the edges out to make a bowl shape with curved lines running around the body of the bowl. 5
Gather on a pipe, burst it out, reheat and punty to the lip of the piece. Fine tune the shape and pattern. 6
Gather clear over the hollow piece to make 6" and then gather again to make 7" for a thick clear layer. 7
Extend the shape and swing to create a 2 foot long, 4" diameter shape with lines curved down its length. 8
Flatten sides with thick dry cork blocks.

Punty to end, heat and pull neck to form a tube, snapping off extra.

Pull on tube to refine shape of neck to graceful shape.  
Heat and shape body with cork blocks again to an acute triangle with rounded corners with the curved lines highlighting the shape.

Take off the punty, torch the punty mark and put in the annealer.


LESSON: A wet cloth draped over the hand protects up close while shearing large glass.