Every year the Glass Art Society holds an international conference for their membership. While often thought of as geared toward students and artists, this conference offers plenty to see for collectors as well. This year was no exception, with a historic conference that was held in Murano, Italy! Italian Co-Chairs Lino Tagliapietra and Cesare Toffolo and an Italian committee, worked with the GAS Board and Executive Director, to create a conference hosting 1800 people that honored the Murano glass tradition.
The conference consisted of a full program of lectures and discussion panels, demonstrations by artists, guided tours of local studios, and an inside view of the oldest factories/studios on Murano – including a tour of the Ercole Moretti Company, a leading factory in the production of Venetian Glass beads and Murano glassworks. It was a special glimpse into the history of a place that holds so much meaning for the glass community.
Various awards were given to exceptional artists in the field of glass, including: Livio Seguso accepting the Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award, Pino Signoretto being honored with the Technical Achievement Award, and Benjamin Moore receiving the GAS Visionary Award.
An international conference of this scale is really impactful in bringing the greater glass community together. It is a chance to meet people from all over the world, learn more about the history, see new techniques and advances in the field, and above all celebrate a common love for this amazing art form! The next conference in St. Petersburg, FL promises to be an exceptional one as well. Thank you to Executive Director Pam Koss, for everything she has done for the Glass Art Society, and we look forward to embracing the new leadership, and continuing to see this organization grow.
Best, Demetra Theofanous President, Glass Alliance of Northern California