Known as an innovator in the glass world, Paul has deeply influenced the growth of the studio glass movement in all mediums of glass. He has taught at a number of prestigious art institutions including Penland School of Crafts and Pilchuk Glass School. He is a fellow of the American Crafts Council, a three time recipient of the national endowment for the arts fellowship and the 2004 winner of the Glass Art Societies Lifetime achievement award.
His work continually challenges traditional notions of what is possible with glass. Centered, around the idea that glass is unique in its ability to capture and manipulate light, his work regularly redefines what it is possible to achieve with the material. Whether it is his unique kinetic work with glass or his ingenious use of glass as a means of studying and commenting on human nature, his work has always liberated previously overlooked possibilities for glass. He purposely leaves his work open to many interpretations. He doesn’t want to tell the viewer what to think, but rather cause them to think.
Dante is known as one the foremost glass blowers in the world. His mastery of Venetian glass blowing techniques mirrors his fascination and respect for the glass blowing process. His love for the art of glass blowing has enabled him to transfer the idea of the traditional vessel into modern sculpture through his sensitivity to material, scale, form, color and geometry. His glass objects operate simultaneously as minimalist in appearance yet delicately complex in experience.
Like his father Paul, Dante has taught at a number of prestigious art institutions including Pilchuk Glass School, Penland School of Art and Craft and the Northland Creative Glass in Scotland. He has received the Outstanding Achievement Award in Glass from Urban Glass in New York City and his work is in the White House Craft Collection and Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C.
Paul and Dante will be giving a public lecture speaking of their work at 7:00 pm on Monday, October 5th in the Stanford Perrot Lecture Theatre at the Alberta College of Art + Design.